The Doobie Brothers: “Black Water”

ALBUM: What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

YEAR: 1974

WRITER: Pat Simmons

Topped the Billboard Hot 100.

We’re not sure how serious he was, since he wasn’t in the band at the time, but Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack told us back in the 1990s that he had a small but significant role in the creation of the band’s first number-one record, “Black Water,” which was written by guitarist and singer Pat Simmons. “In the process of writing that song, Pat experienced a very severe case of writer’s block. [He] took the changes that were on a piece of paper and said, ‘I’ve had it with this. I don’t want to do this anymore.’ I said, ‘Pat, you write that song. Pat, you finish that song. ‘Cause you know, Pat, that’s going to be a number-one hit.’ God bless you, Pat, I was right.”

Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack would have been 70 years old today (October 17th).


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