Michael McDonald (singer)

Michael McDonald ( born February 12, 1952 in St. Louis) is an American rock singer - keyboardist and songwriter, who is best known as a member of the Doobie Brothers in the 1970s.


1975 McDonalds began music career when he participated as a backing vocalist on the album Katy Lied by Steely Dan. The following year he was solid as a replacement for the failed because of illness singer and songwriter Tom Johnston member of the Doobie Brothers. For their platinum album Takin ' It to the Streets he wrote half of the songs, including the hits Takin ' It to the Streets and It Keeps You Running. With Carly Simon in 1977 he wrote the hit song You Belong to Me

His firm membership in the Doobie Brothers led to significant changes in the musical style of the band, especially impressive to hear on the gold album Living on the Faultline. In addition to his work at the Doobies he played, among others, on albums by Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, Elton John, Christopher Cross, Lauren Wood and singer Amy Holland, whom he married in 1983 and with whom he has two children. His biggest commercial success was as a member of the McDonald Doobie Brothers with the hit What a Fool Believes, which he had composed together with Kenny Loggins. The song 1979 was not only # 1 in the U.S., but has also won three Grammys.

After separation of the Doobie Brothers 1982 McDonald began a solo career. In the same year appeared in Warner Brothers Records released his debut album If That 's What It Takes, which was certified platinum. The single I Keep Forgettin ' ( Every Time You're Near ) arrived in the U.S. at # 4 McDonald's second solo album No Lookin ' Back could not repeat the success of its predecessor. The following year, the music composed by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager duet reached number one on the U.S. charts with Patti LaBelle On My Own. Another Top 10 hit in 1986 with the title could McDonald Sweet Freedom from the soundtrack to the film These two are not recorded to be taken.

Only in 1990, when Reprise Records the third solo album McDonalds was published, which, however, was not a commercial success had granted. In 1992 he toured with Donald Fagen. The next album Blink of an Eye 1993 was another commercial failure. 1996 McDonald then toured with the Doobie Brothers. 2000 appeared the album Blue Obsession, was already planned for 1997, to be published in Ramp Records. 2001 Christmas album was released. 2003 McDonald wrote with Motown and brought the successful comeback album Motown out, which sold over 1.2 million copies. The 2004 released album Motown Two went gold with over 500,000 sales. Published in 2007, McDonald again an album of Motown classics and first time back three of its own titles. In 2009 they had another Christmas album.


Michael McDonald is one of the main characters of the ten -part comedy video series "Yacht Rock", in which it comes to " Smooth Rock " of 1980 years as Toto, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Kenny Loggins & Co.


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Studio albums

Other Publications:


Other Publications:

  • 2001: The Voice Of
  • 2004: The Best Of: The Christmas Collection


As a guest musician