This Day In Rock. Doobie Brothers
Born on October 19, 1948, in Aberdeen, WA, Simmons began playing guitar at the age of eight. In 1970, he joined forces with guitarist/vocalist Tom Johnston, drummer John Hartman and bassist Dave Shogren who had been performing as Pud. Rechristening themselves, supposedly at a friend's suggestion, the Doobie Brothers, the group signed to Warner Bros. and, with their second album ‘Toulouse Street, began their assault on the charts.
Although Simmons wouldn't be a primary writer for the band, he contributed to all of their releases, including writing their first number one single, the gold-selling ‘Black Water’, as well as the Top 40 hit ‘Dependin' on You’, from their monstrously successful ‘Minute by Minute’ album. He also added vocals that helped create the harmonies that were one of the band's trademarks.