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The Doobie Brothers: "Takin' It To The Streets"
March 19, 1976 - 42 Years Ago Today:
“Takin’ It To The Streets”, the sixth studio album by The Doobie Brothers is released. Produced by Ted Templeman, it is recorded at Warner Brothers Studios in N. Hollywood, CA in Late 1975. Issued as the follow up to “Stampede”, it is the first album to include new lead singer and keyboard player Michael McDonald, replacing original lead vocalist Tom Johnston who is sidelined with stomach ulcers. McDonald is recommended to the the other band members by guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, who had been band mates with him in Steely Dan. Initially hired to fill in for Johnston on a tour, they like him so much that they invite him to become a permanent member of the band. The addition of McDonald to the band brings the Doobies to a new plateau of commercial success, broadening their fan base. However, some fans of the bands earlier sound are critical of the change, feeling that McDonald’s more pop oriented “blue eyed soul” sound has smoothed out some of The Doobies rock based edge. The album quickly spins off three singles including “It Keeps You Runnin’” (#37 Pop) and the title track (#13 Pop). “Takin’ It To The Streets” peaks at number eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.