Takin' It to the Streets
is the sixth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers
, released in 1976. It was the first to feature Michael McDonald
on lead vocals.
By late 1975, touring was beginning to take its toll on the band, especially leader Tom Johnston. Things became worse during touring in support of Stampede
when he was diagnosed with Stomach ulcers
. His condition worsened and several shows had to be canceled. With Johnston forced to reduce his involvement with the band, the other members considered just calling it quits but while in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
, member Jeff Baxter
suggested calling up friend and fellow Steely Dan
graduate Michael McDonald
who at the time was between gigs and living in a garage apartment. McDonald was reluctant at first, feeling he was not what they wanted, according to him, "...they were looking for someone who could play Hammond B-3 organ
and a lot of keyboards, and I was just a songwriter/piano hacker. But more than anything, I think they were looking for a singer to fill Tommy's shoes." He agreed to join them and met them at the in New Orleans
where they moved on to a warehouse to rehearse for the next two days. Expecting to be finished once touring was completed, McDonald was surprised when the band invited him to the studio to work on their next album.
With Johnston on the sidelines, the band was not sure how to proceed or if even making... Read More