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The Doobie Brothers to Receive Music Biz 2015 Chairman’s Award

January 22, 2015The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present its Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to top-selling Rock band The Doobie Brothers at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 14, at 12 p.m. at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. The Award recognizes artists who have maintained a strong creative spirit and achieved significant commercial success throughout their career, continuing to release vital new music deep into their musical lifespan.

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of The Doobie Brothers

Since forming in 1969, The Doobie Brothers have sold more than 48 million albums, including three multi-Platinum albums, seven Platinum albums, and 14 Gold albums. In addition, their greatest hits record, Best of the Doobies, has sold over 11 million copies, earning a rare RIAA Diamond certification.

The band also landed 16 songs on the Billboard Top 40 – including five Top 10 singles and chart-toppers “What a Fool Believes” and “Black Water” – and won four Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year for “What a Fool Believes” and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the album Minute by Minute.

In 2014, they released the new collaboration album Southbound, on which they re-recorded some of their greatest hits with a veritable who’s-who of Country musicians, including Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, and Sara Evans. The record also marks the first time that all three of the band’s lead vocalists – Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, and Patrick Simmons – appear on the same album since 1976’s Takin’ It to the Streets. Southbound debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the release was celebrated with an all-star performance at the 47th Annual CMA Awards last November.

“The Doobie Brothers have achieved incredible success over the years, selling an astonishing number of records and maintaining a regular presence on the Billboard charts,” said Fred Beteille, Chairman of Music Biz. “By re-envisioning their greatest hits through the filter of Country music, the band has revealed new dimensions to songs that millions of people know by heart. I’m honored that they will be the recipient of my first Award as Chairman of Music Biz and am excited to celebrate the legacy of this band as they enter the next chapter of their career.”

“Receiving this Award is a great honor, as it recognizes the music from our early days together and shines a light on the music we’re creating right now,” said Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers. “We’re excited about the new creative doors we’ve opened up for ourselves by working with so many great Country musicians and can’t wait to carry that experience forward. A heartfelt thanks from the whole band to the Music Business Association for this amazing Award,” adds Patrick Simmons.

The Doobie Brothers released their debut self-titled album in 1971 and their Platinum-selling followup, Toulouse Street, in 1972. The latter contained the band’s first Top 40 single, “Listen to the Music,” which peaked at #11. A string of hit albums followed, including the Triple Platinum Minute by Minute; Double Platinum The Captain and Me and What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits; Platinum Takin’ It to the Streets and One Step Closer; and Gold Stampede, Livin’ on the Fault Line, and Cycles. The band was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.

Previous recipients of the Music Biz Chairman’s Award include Paul Rodgers, Buddy Guy, Lionel Richie, Brian Wilson, Cyndi Lauper, Daryl Hall & John Oates, BB King, Chicago, Kool & The Gang, Carlos Santana, Liza Minnelli, Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra, among others.

Music Biz 2015, which will be held in Nashville for the first time in Association history on May 12-14, is the music industry’s premier event, giving the commerce and content sectors a place to meet with trading partners, network with new companies, and learn about new trends and products impacting the music business. Registration is available now, with early bird discounts available until March 8. For more information or to sign up for the conference, visit

About the Music Business Association
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is a membership organization that advances and promotes music commerce — a community committed to the full spectrum of monetization models in the industry. It provides common ground by offering thought leadership, resources and unparalleled networking opportunities, all geared to the specific needs of its membership. By leveraging the legacy of the former National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and its hub for digital initiatives,, Music Biz brings a unique perspective and valuable insight into the trends and changes that innovation brings. Today, we put our collective experience to work across all delivery models: physical, digital, mobile and more. Music Biz and its members are committed to building the future of music commerce — together.

Aspen Public Radio’s show “Aspenbeat” named Southbound to best of 2014!

Aspenbeat’s Best Songs of 2014


The playlist includes an hour of 2014′s Best ‘Under the Radar’ songs, as broadcast Saturday night December 20 2014 on Aspen Public Radio’s Aspenbeat show… and the Doobie Brothers made the list!

You can listen to the archived audio and the Spotify playlist here:

Vote for Southbound as your Favorite Album of 2014 is holding a poll to find the Album of the Year for 2014. Help The Doobie Brothers’ Southbound win! Get your vote in here:

The Doobie Brothers Performed at the Alliance for Lupus Research

The Doobie Brothers Performed at the Alliance for Lupus Research
Honors Indra K. Nooyi Gala in New York
Event Raises $1.4 Million for Critical Lupus Research

December 16, 2014, New York, NY – The Doobie Brothers performed at the Alliance for Lupus Research’s (ALR) 2014 Benefit Dinner to raise funds for biomedical lupus research, honoring Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, Inc. Nooyi was recognized Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the event held at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. With the support of the PepsiCo Foundation, the event raised 1.4 million dollars for lupus research. Robert W. Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc. and co-chair of the event, invited the legendary rock band to appear.

The Doobie Brothers, who are currently celebrating the release of their new album Southbound on Arista Nashville, were honored to perform.  Tom Johnston, Doobies founding member adds, “We’d like to thank all the folks at ALR for having us be a part of such a worthy cause. We enjoyed meeting and talking with Indra about her love of music. We’d also like to give a special thanks to Bob Pittman at iHeart Media, and Robert Wood (Woody) Johnson for having us on board for this event. It was truly an honor to meet and play music for you all!” The other dinner co-chairs were Robert Wood Johnson IV, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of the New York Jets; and Hugh F. Johnston, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo, Inc.. Additional guests included Lesly Simon, Vice President of Promotion, Arista Nashville, and Clay Hunnicutt, Executive Vice President and General Manager of National Programming Platforms at iHeartMedia, Inc.

About Lupus
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus) is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect the joints and almost every major organ in the body, including the heart, kidneys, skin, lungs, and brain. As many as 1.5 million people in the United States have lupus which affects mostly women during childbearing years, though men and children can have the disease. Lupus is three times more common in African-American women than in Caucasian women and is also more prevalent in women of Latino, Asian, and Native American descent.

About the ALR
The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately preventing and curing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus), a debilitating autoimmune disease. The organization is based in New York City and chaired by Robert Wood Johnson IV, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson. Since its founding in 1999, the ALR has given more money to lupus research than any non-governmental agency in the world. By the end of 2014, the ALR will have committed nearly $100 million to fund the most innovative and aggressive research into the cause, prevention and cure of lupus. The board of directors funds all administrative and fundraising costs, allowing one hundred percent of all donations from the public, and the proceeds of our signature grassroots fundraising program, Walk with Us to Cure Lupus, to go directly to support research programs. More information can be found at

The ALR board of directors funds all ALR administrative and fundraising expenses, so 100% of all donations received go directly to support lupus research.

About The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY awards. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. In 2011, the band marked a new chapter, filming a CMT Crossroads special with superstar Luke Bryan and appearing for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry. Their relationship with Nashville continues to unfold with the November 2014 release of a Southbound on Arista Records Nashville.

unnamedPictured (Left to Right): Hugh F. Johnston, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo, Inc.; Robert Wood Johnson IV, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of the New York Jets; Tom Johnston, The Doobie Brothers; John McFee, The Doobie Brothers; Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, Inc.; Kenneth M. Farber, President of Alliance for Lupus Research; Patrick Simmons, The Doobie Brothers; and Raj Nooyi.

The Doobie Brothers perform Long Train Runnin’ w/ Nick Lachey on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live

The Doobie Brothers just performed Long Train Runnin’ on Big Morning Buzz Live w/ Nick Lachey.  Thanks for having us VH1!

You can watch the performance and interview here:


Bid on a D-28 Martin Guitar signed by the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton

This gorgeous D-28 Martin Guitar was donated by Martin Guitar Company and signed by Vocal Group Hall of Famers, The Doobie Brothers AND the legendary Peter Frampton. It will be your very own part of rock history and the funds raised will be used by The Nature Conservancy to help #SaveElephants.


The Doobie Brothers to Receive Voice of Music Award at 2015 ASCAP Pop Awards

Rock icons will be honored for 40+ years of music that gives voice to the spirit of a generation

(l-r): ASCAP’s LeAnn Phelan and Loretta Muñoz, ASCAP President Paul Williams, the Doobie Brothers’ Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald, ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta, ASCAP’s Michael Martin and Jason Silberman, ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento at the 2014 ASCAP Country Music Awards(l-r): ASCAP’s LeAnn Phelan and Loretta Muñoz, ASCAP President Paul Williams, the Doobie Brothers’ Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald, ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta, ASCAP’s Michael Martin and Jason Silberman, ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento at the 2014 ASCAP Country Music Awards

New York, NY – December 1, 2014: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced that it will honor rock icons The Doobie Brothers with the prestigious ASCAP Voice of Music Award during its 32nd annual Pop Music Awards. The invitation-only gala will take place on April 29th, 2015 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The event will also celebrate the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed pop songs of 2014.

The ASCAP Voice of Music Award honors ASCAP members whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation. The Doobie Brothers take their place among a stellar list of past recipients, each one an influential music great: Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Amy Grant, George Strait, Diane Warren and Jimmy Webb.

“Over the years the Doobie Brothers have given us one memorable song after another,” remarked ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. “Their ever-changing sound has embraced classic rock, pop, country and soul, but terrific songwriting has always been at the heart of what they do. I am thrilled to honor the Doobies for more than four decades of music that continues to speak to generations of listeners.”

Formed in 1969 by Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston, The Doobie Brothers made their mark with a run of punchy hits on Warner Bros. Records, attaining radio and chart ubiquity in the early ’70s. The group’s line-up was later augmented by Michael McDonald, whose soaring vocals pushed the band to new commercial and critical heights. Their #1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes,” lead a catalog of indelible songs that includes “Listen to the Music,” “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “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,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied four Grammys, five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street, the Doobies have three multi-platinum, seven platinum and 14 gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies has sold more than 11 million copies – a rare “diamond record.” To date, the band’s propulsive, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven style has sold more than 40 million albums. On November 4th, the Doobies released their 14th album Southbound, featuring new recordings of their best-loved songs in duet with country superstars Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann, Sara Evans, Love & Theft and more.

The 32nd ASCAP Pop Music Awards will precede the 10th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, the only national conference dedicated to the craft and business of songwriting and composing. The EXPO will take place April 30th – May 2nd, 2015 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Many of the biggest names in music have shared their wisdom and music at the EXPO, including Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham interviewed by Sara Bareilles, Dr. Luke, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Katy Perry, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, Justin Timberlake in conversation with Bill Withers and Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart). For more details, visit

Members of the press can request event credentials for the 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards by clicking here.


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 500,000 members representing more than 9 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

“The Doobie Incident” – Exclusive Comments from The Doobie Brothers Founding Member Patrick Simmons



LOCKN’ Music Festival has just announced “The Doobie Incident”, an epic jam pairing The Doobie Brothers and The String Cheese Incident at the 2015 festival scheduled September 10 – 13 in Arrington, Virginia. This will mark the first time these two bands have ever performed together, brought to fans by this festival known for its legendary collaborations. The SCI will team up with rock legends The Doobie Brothers (featuring Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons & John McFee) for a special one-of-a-kind Incident that mixes elements of rock, roots, blues and funk to create what is sure to be a show for the ages!

Read exclusive Comments from The Doobie Brothers Founding Member Patrick Simmons HERE

The Doobie Brothers Share Behind The Scenes Footage of “You Belong To Me” from New Album SOUTHBOUND

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Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of  The Doobie Brothers’ “You Belong To Me” with Amanda Sudano Ramirez of JOHNNYSWIM and Vince Gill on guitar!

You can see it courtesy of Country Music Rocks: HERE

SiriusXM Launches 2014 WhyHunger’s Hungerthon Charity Auction

The 2014 WhyHunger’s Hungerthon Charity has been launched!  Lots of great items to bid on, including an autographed guitar from The Doobie Brothers!

Hungerthon auction items include trips to meet and see Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, a trip to Las Vegas to see Willie Nelson; autographed guitars from 5 Seconds of Summer, Big & Rich, Doobie Brothers, Billy Idol, Jackson Browne, Weezer, Slash and Santana; tambourines autographed by Stevie Nicks and Alison Moyet; autographed drumheads by Dave Grohl, Nick Mason and The Allman Brothers Band who signed the drumhead on the night of their final performance as a band; an autographed ukulele by Colbie Caillat; autographed posters by Tom Petty and Motley Crue; an autographed skate deck by Pearl Jam; tickets to concerts for Phish, Jimmy Buffett, Calvin Harris on New Year’s Eve, Kidz Bop, “The Lights All Night Festival,” and to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, the Grand Ole Opry and the 2015 Daytona 500; lunch with Marky Ramone, signed Mike Tyson boxing gloves and much more.

More info HERE