This Day In Rock DOOBIE BROTHERS
Charles Thomas "Tom" Johnston was born in Visalia, California US, on August 15, 1948. He's a guitarist and vocalist, known principally as a founder, guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter for the Grammy Award winning rock group The Doobie Brothers.
His greatest musical influences during his youth included those of Little Richars, Bo Diddley, Elvis Presley, James Brown and other rhythm and blues artists featured on the radio in the 1950s.
His off-and-on career with The Doobie Brothers spans more than 40 years, during which time the band exhibited numerous successful styles.
Johnston is most well known for both his lead guitar and vocal role in the band The Doobie Brothers, as well as for his adaptation of his own acoustic guitar style, blending a unique strum and percussive accented rhythm at the same time on one instrument. This style, interwoven with melodic hammer-ons gave Johnston an early signature sound inside of popular 1970's rock music. All the rhythm structures behind 'Long Train Runnin'' and 'Listen To The Music' were formulated first for an acoustic guitar, and then re-applied in similar style on an electric guitar.
OFF#ROCK Doobie Brothers TOP 3 songs
‘What a Fool Believes’ from: ‘Minute by Minute’ (1978)
‘China Grove’ from: ‘The Captain and Me’ (1973)
‘Listen to the Music’ from: ‘Toulouse Street’ (1972)