May 1973 – Long Train Runnin by Doobie Brothers

May 1973 – a song popular in this month – Long Train Runnin by Doobie Brothers

Doobie Brothers guitarist and lead singer Tom Johnston wrote this song, which they played live for three years before recording.

Interesting facts about Long Train Runnin & Doobie Brothers

Always a crowd-pleaser when The Doobies play this live, it starts with a very recognizable guitar riff that Johnston came up with. When he came up with the riff, Johnston didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary.

The Doobie Brothers from 1970 to 1975 featured most vocals from Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons. The band was more Rock-oriented and was heard on what is now known on Classic Rock stations.

McDonald was brought in when Johnston fell ill and could not tour in 1975. He and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter both recorded with Steely Dan.

Before landing on the name The Doobie Brothers, the band originally went by Pud.

This did not originally chart in the UK. However in 1993 it became the Doobie Brothers only British Top 10 hit when a remixed version climbed to #7 on the singles chart.

Girl group Bananarama scored a #30 hit in the UK with their cover version, in which they were backed by The Gypsy Kings.

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