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Overview (4)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth NameMichael H. McDonald
Nickname Doobie McDonald
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael McDonald was born on February 12, 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Michael H. McDonald. He has been married to Amy Holland since May 21, 1983. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Amy Holland (21 May 1983 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (10)

Michael McDonald was a replacement keyboard player for The Doobie Brothers. He was so good, they invited him to tour and then to join the group. In 1979, he led them to the top, with the album "Minute by Minute" and the hit song "What a Fool Believes" (#1) (which he co-wrote with Kenny Loggins). That album eventually nabbed McDonald 4 Grammy Awards (for album, song, record and musical arrangement). The Doobies split in 1982 and McDonald went solo, scoring a #4 hit with "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time Your Near)" and the #44-charting "I Gotta Try" (off the album If That's What It Takes). In 1983, he teamed up with James Ingram for "Ya Mo Be There" (#19), which won McDonald a fifth Grammy. He became the 1st white musician to win in an R&B category in 25 years. Although he would release several more albums, he wouldn't get any hits out of them. He scored hits in 1986 with "Sweet Freedom" (#7) and the Patti LaBelle duet "On My Own" (#1), but these songs were on other people's albums, not his. He has continued to make albums, scoring a cult hit with his deleted rendition of "Tell It Like It Is" (2002).
Nominated for 2 Grammys (2003) for his "Motown" tribute album.
Sang 'Aint No Mountain High Enough' in commercials as a spokesman for MCI (2003)
Performed live at Danish Music Awards via satellite with the Danish group, Safri Duo.
As the new member of The Doobie Brothers, he was responsible for the change in their style, changing from Tom Johnston's bluesy, funky rock into more of a jazzy R&B sound.
He has lent his vocals, most notably, to artists like Steely Dan ("Peg", "Black Friday", "Bad Sneakers" & "Rose Darling", to name a few), TOTO ("I'll Be Over You") & Christopher Cross ("Ride Like The Wind"). He has teamed up with Kenny Loggins to write other hits like "Heart To Heart", "This Is It", "I Gotta Try" & "No Lookin' Back".
Oddly enough, when he and Patti LaBelle first recorded the Burt Bacharach/Carole Bayer Sager song "On My Own," neither artist had even met. LaBelle recorded her part of the song in Philadelphia while McDonald completed his part in Los Angeles. Even after filming a video for the song, both singers had still not met. Not until after the song went to number one on the charts in June 1986 did the two artists finally meet when they performed *together* for the first time on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
Two children: Dylan (b. 1987) and Scarlett (b. 1991).
Michael is often mistaken for Whittier City Council speaker, Doobie McDonald. This landed Doobie a job as Michael's stand-in for Jimmy Fallon's famous "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" skit.
At age 22 Michael was living in a Los Angeles garage when he got the call inviting him to join The Doobie Brothers.

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