Michael McDonald Was EVERYWHERE In The 70s and 80s

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 How much of anything do we know about Michael McDonald, other than the wiki biography about his seminal influence on so many classic rock/soul/jazz hits from the 70s, 80s, and today?  Here on Durham Cool, we feature some of our favorite tracks featuring Michael McDonald with Steely Dan, the Doobies, and solo.  We reserve the right to add additional A/B sides as we deem appropriate.  It would be difficult to find a soul on planet earth who has not heard a Michael McDonald vocal track at one time or another.   The voice needs no further introduction.


Michael McDonald’s vocal range

According to our database, the vocal range of this artist is:

F2 – F5 (3 octaves)

Song with the LOWEST pitch:
Peace (F2-A#3)
Song with the HIGHEST pitch:
For Once in My Life (D3-F5)


Michael McDonald with The Doobie Brothers – I Keep Forgettin’ [Live 1982]



The Doobie Brothers – Live at The Greek Theatre Dated 1982. That Was The Last Show Before The Band’s Split.
It Was The End of an Era with McDonald’s.
The Band Started The 2nd Round In 1987 and is Still Around Today.

I Keep Forgettin’ –
Michael Recorded The Song with His Sister Maureen For His “If That’s What It Takes” LP, Released In August 1982.

Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’ (“Live” on Solid Gold 1982) (HQ with New Dubbing)

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The Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes (Official Music Video)

You’re watching the official music video for The Doobie Brothers – “What A Fool Believes” from the album ‘Minute By Minute’ (1979). “What A Fool Believes” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 14, 1979 – one of only a handful of non-disco songs to hit #1 in 1979.

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Bodhisattva · Steely Dan

Countdown To Ecstasy

℗ 1973 Geffen Records

Released on: 1973-01-01

Producer: Gary Katz
Studio Personnel, Mixer: Denny Dias
Composer Lyricist: Donald Fagen
Composer Lyricist: Walter Becker

Steely Dan-Bodhisatva Live 1974

Steely Dan, introduced by the wonderful and somewhat inebriated Jerome Aniton, perform Bodhisatva in Santa Monica circa 1974.
Music in this video

Bodhisattva (Live At The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, CA / 1980)
Steely Dan
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