Musical Musings A to Z: D is for Doobie Brothers

Thanks for returning to join my musical journey through the alphabet. We have already experienced some of my favourite artists from the beginning of the alphabet – if you are new and all at sea, you can check out my earlier posts here:

A is for Rick Astley

B is for Ben Folds Five

C is for Cake

This week we move away from the 90’s to embrace the mighty 70’s, the decade of my birth. And I simply can’t go past the Doobie Brothers for my featured artists this week.


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I love so much of their music, mainly that of their later pop period.  I remember growing up listening to these classic songs on high rotation throughout the 80’s. Even today I get excited when I hear one of their many classics on the radio.

These are my two all-time favourite Doobie tracks – I hope you can enjoy and savour some of THE best music of the 70’s here today!

Long Train Running

The harmony, the driving guitar riffs and the general funky vibe are fabulous in this tune. A true Doobie classic!

What a Fool Believes

This song is pop perfection. I’m a huge fan of a mix of minor and major chords in songs and this tune has it all. I’m also in awe of Michael McDonald’s vocal work in this – his falsetto rivals even that of Barry Gibb of the same period. I can’t come close to singing that chorus properly myself – hats off to Michael for that!

Here’s to D for Doobie Brothers – make sure you come back next week to continue on my musical alphabet quest!

As it’s Sunday, I am linking up with Cate from Life Behind the Purple Door for the Sunday Session – go on and check out the other music posts linked up there this week!

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6 Responses

  1. I’ve never been a big fan of the Doobies’ later pop stuff. “Long Train Running” is a classic, and you can find the MP3 copies of the original 16 track recording online. You can sit at your desk with some digital audio mixing software and pretend you’re in the studio with the band! Awesome stuff.
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    • Kirsty says:

      That is really cool. I think my husband still has his recording equipment from his podcasting days, maybe I will be able to sit at my desk and live out the dream!

  2. Alicia says:

    I’ve heard of the Doobie Brothers but never knew of their music. If it was me and my love of 80s music I would have featured Duran Duran! My 50 year old friend is not impressed!!!
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  3. Thea says:

    That was great! I really enjoyed those tunes.
    When I read you were doing the Doobie Brothers I thought “now what do they sing?” But I instantly recognized both tunes when I heard them. 🙂

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