Browse by Title
A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N
O P Q R S T U
V W X Y Z #  




The Doctor

by

The Doobie Brothers



Songfacts®:  You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.

The Doobie Brothers formed in 1970 with Tom Johnston as their lead singer and primary songwriter. They had a number of hits, including "China Grove," "Black Water" and "Listen To The Music" before Johnston had to leave the band in 1975 because of illness. This is when Michael McDonald joined the band and contributed hits like "Takin' It to the Streets" and "What a Fool Believes." The band broke up in 1982, but in 1987 they reformed with their original lineup for a concert to benefit Vietnam veterans, which led to a series of concerts and a new record deal. In 1989, they came out with Cycles and scored a Top-10 hit with "The Doctor," which was the first single for the re-formed Doobies. Tom Johnston told us: "I actually wrote that song before the band even re-formed. It wasn't called 'The Doctor' then. I was playing with some guys around here in Marin County. I was in a band called Border Patrol, and the chorus that you hear where the actual 'doctor' part is, 'I need to go to the doctor, yadda yadda,' didn't exist. That was written by Charlie Midnight and Eddie Schwartz, that whole – if you want to call it - hit lead chorus. I was never that nuts about that song, I gotta be honest with you. It just sounded way too poppy and slick for me. I just didn't think it really had quite the balls as some of our previous tunes. And, you know, it served its purpose. It got us national attention for a little bit. It didn't last very long. But you know, people are paying attention again, and we had just come out with a new album, so that was a good thing." (The Doobie Brothers have been together ever since. Check out our full interview with Tom Johnston to learn more.)
The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers Artistfacts
More The Doobie Brothers songs

You have to to post comments.
What Made Big Star ShineWhat Made Big Star Shine
The last living original member of Big Star - drummer Jody Stephens, looks back on the band and their legacy, including the theme for That '70s Show.
They Might Be GiantsThey Might Be Giants
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
Jim McCarty of The YardbirdsJim McCarty of The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds drummer explains how they created their sound and talks about working with their famous guitarists.
Gary Louris of The JayhawksGary Louris of The Jayhawks
The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.