Voice of Music

Doobie Brothers

Doobie Brothers


There’s no easy way to describe the Doobie Brothers.

Over a career that has spanned five decades and 14 studio albums, these quadruple Grammy winners have drawn from virtually every tributary of American music - from rock and roll to R&B, pop to country, soul to bluegrass. At the heart of it all are the Doobies’ impeccable musicianship, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and incredible gift for writing songs that endure generations.

And they weave it all together effortlessly, one of the key sources of their eternal appeal. Formed in 1969 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Patrick Simmons and singer-songwriter-guitarist Tom Johnston, the Doobies made their mark with a run of punchy, melodic hits on Warner Bros. Records in the early ‘70s. Michael McDonald joined the band in 1976, adding his soaring lead vocals and innovative songwriting, which pushed the band to new commercial and critical heights. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John McFee joined the band in 1978, bringing his wide range of musical styles to the Doobies’ sound.

Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes” lead a catalog of indelible songs that include “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,” “Take Me in Your Arms,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied five Top 10 singles, 16 Top 40 hits and 3 multi-platinum albums - plus a rare “diamond record” certification for Best of the Doobies.

Over the years the Doobies have never stopped writing and recording new material, and playing live for their intensely loyal fan base around the world. This past November the Doobies broke new creative ground with their 14th record Southbound, featuring new recordings of their best-loved songs in duet with country superstars Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Hunter Hayes, Sara Evans and more. 45 years in, the Doobie Brothers are still “takin’ it to the streets,” introducing new audiences to their glittering catalog of infectious, toe-tapping, iconic songs.

ASCAP is proud to present the Voice of Music Award to The Doobie Brothers, whose influence continues to shape the course of music.