Although known more for his solo success, Michael McDonald scaled great artistic and commercial heights as a member of The Doobie Brothers. It may seem hard to believe now, but that band was one of bigger - if not the biggest - bands that reigned throughout the 1970s.
Not all of the group's achievements relied on McDonald's handiwork, but the Ferguson native did play a big part in making Minute by Minute a commercial triumph. The album was number one on the Billboard Top 200 on this day in 1979.
McDonald was brought into the Doobie fold after lead singer Tom Johnston had become severely ill. Johnston eventually left the group altogether in 1977, paving the way for McDonald to become the permanent lead singer until the group dissolved in the early 1980s.More »