The Doobie Brothers are a rock group from America that has sold over 40 million albums. The essence of this band was formed back in 1969. They have produced over 13 albums throughout their long career who are still touring and creating music.
Founding members of the band include Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons. The group was inactive for a couple of years during the 1980 decade. However, the group has been recording and performing for a consecutive 21-year period. They released their latest album called Word Gone Crazy back in 2010.
One of their first top hits was Listen to the Music. This song was included on their 1972 album that was titled Toulouse Street. This was the breakthrough song that started the band's successful career. This is a song that continues to be a staple included in the classic rock created during this era.
Another of their biggest hits was China Grove that appeared on their 1973 album. This particular album has the title The Captain and Me. This is also a song that is found on all of the greatest hits compilations put together from that year.
Michael Hossack, the drummer of the band whose work is on the songs Listen to the Music and China Grove passed away from cancer at age 65 in March of 2012. He was a member of this band from years 1971 to 1973 and rejoined the band in 1987. Groups that he played during the period were Bonaroo and DFK.
The current members of the Doobie Brothers are Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, John McFee, John Cowan, Guy Allison. Marc Russo, Ed Toth and Tony Pia. They use a variety of instruments that include guitars, keyboards, a saxophone, harmonicas and even a banjo. The make up of this band has changed over the years since its inception but the nucleus has remained the same.