Michael Hossack, long-time drummer of The Doobie Brothers, passed away yesterday. He was 65 years old.
I've known Mike since since 1978, when I shot a BAM cover of the band. Besides being a great rock band, the Doobies have always been down-home, unpretentious people, and Mike Hossack was always quiet and unassuming. Their two-drummer approach made their sound very unique. One of my favorite images in my archives is the shot of the band in 1992, with Mike on the motorcycle, shot at Francis Ford Coppola's ranch.
I have shot the B.R. Cohn Charity concerts for 25 years, and Mike and the Doobies always lent their skills to raise money for many chariities, I know that Mike (and the band) had a special place in their hearts for veterans' organizations. They worked tirelessly raising money to help the War Vets.
Working with Mike all these years has always been a pleasure.
My favorite Doobie songs -- "Listen to the Music," "Blackwater," and "China Grove" -- have Mike's unique drumming style as the driving force. He will be missed.
Things come in threes. Ronnie Montrose, Davy Jones, annd now Michael Hossack. I hope this is the last one for a long while.
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