The Doobie Brothers were one of the great rock bands of all time…who sold more than 40 million albums worldwide….while being active for five decades….with its greatest success in the 1970’s…. as evidenced by their 1979 appearance on Sound Stage…..where they performed one of their most popular hit solo song Listen to the Music.
The band’s history can be roughly divided into three eras…..from 1970 to 1975….when it featured lead vocalist Tom Johnston and a mainstream rock and roll sound with elements of folk, country and R&B…. and then when Johnston quit the group in 1975 and was replaced by Michael McDonald….whose interest in soul music changed the band’s sound until it broke up in 1982…..after which The Doobie Brothers reformed in 1987 with Johnston back in the fold and are still active with occasional contributions from McDonald….as each incarnation of the group emphasized vocal harmonies. The Doobie Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.