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Michael Hossack, the longtime drummer for the Doobie Brothers, died Monday at the age of 65 after battling cancer.
His death was first reported by Lake County News. His friends and family confirmed that he died at his home in Dubois, Wyoming. His family was by his side when he died.
According to Hossack’s biography on the “Listen to the Music” band’s website, Hossack was born on October 17, 1946 in Paterson, New Jersey and had been drumming since he was 12 years old. Hossack served in the Navy around the time of Vietnam. When he returned in early 1969, a friend suggested that he try out for a California band, which brought him to the West Coast.
Hossack’s drumming was a major part of the Doobie Brothers’ early albums and hits, including “Listen to the Music” and “Jesus is Just Alright.” He also played on the group’s first number one single, “Blackwater.” He left the band in 1973 to work with other groups, but later rejoined in 1987 and had been with the group until he withdrew from touring in 2010 because of his health.
The group also issued a short statement, saying that they will “miss him greatly.”
Rolling Stone reported that the group did say in January that Hossack’s condition was getting better. “[I]t's been hard not touring with the band,” Hossack said at the time, adding that he has “incredible support” from the band, his family and friends.
Here’s the band performing “Listen to the Music” in 1973.