Iconic singer and Doobie Brothers rocker Michael McDonald is turning 62 today. So let’s “take it to the streets” and wish him a happy birthday!
McDonald was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 12, 1952. After playing in a few bands during his teenage years, he ran off to Los Angeles in 1970 to pursue his dreams of rock stardom as a keyboard player.
The legendary performer began his professional journey as a studio musician in L.A. In ’75, He joined Steely Dan on the keys and as a background vocalist on the road. Later that same year, he got his big break – he began performing with the Doobie Brothers.
McDonald initially signed on as a replacement vocalist for Tom Johnston, but he made such an impression that it became a permanent gig. He is largely credited with influencing the band's shift from funky rock to a more soulful sound.
This soulful and distinctive vocalist gave us many jams such as “Listen to the Music,” “Minute by Minute,” “Long Train Runnin,’” “Takin’ it to the Streets” and “What a Fool Believes.”
After his time with the Doobies, McDonald embarked on a long and successful solo career. He is currently prepping to hit the road on March 7th in Redding, California.
Check out his official site for more and chime in with your favorite McDonald song – as a solo act or with the Doobie Brothers – in the comments below!