Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack dead at 65
Michael Hossack, longtime drummer for the classic rock band the Doobie Brothers, has died of cancer at age 65 in his home in Dubois, Wyo. According to the band's manager, Bruce Cohn, his family was by his side when he passed away on Monday.
"Big Mike," as he was affectionately known to fans, is remembered fondly by band co-founder Tom Johnston. "Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers," Johnston wrote in a statement. "He was an incredible musician, a studio quality drummer. The last few years, he was brave and determined to keep on playing in the face of ill health, and I will always admire him for that."
Hossack, a New Jersey native who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, started drumming at the early age of 12 with various drum corps. He joined the Doobie Brothers in 1971 and stayed till 1973, providing percussion on many of the band's biggest hits, including "Listen to the Music," "Long Train Runnin' " and "Black Water." He rejoined in 1987 to play in a series of benefit concerts for Vietnam vets, and continued to tour with the band until 2010, when he took a medical leave. He still managed to rejoin his bandmates that year for their first album in a decade, "World Gone Crazy."
An avid hunter, fisherman and Harley rider, according to his biography posted on the band's website, Hossack is survived by a son and a daughter.
Here's the video for the single, "Nobody," from "World Gone Crazy," with retro and more recent footage of the band:
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Photo: The Doobie Brothers, from left, John McFee, Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons and Michael Hossack. Credit: Richard McLaren