Today in Music History, March 15

On this date, 38 years ago in 1975, The Doobie Brothers were atop the U.S. singles charts with Black Water

The song with Patrick Simmons on lead vocals appeared on the group’s 1974 album entitled “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits”    “Black Water” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 15 March 1975. The song was originally released in early 1974 as the B-side to “Another Park, Another Sunday” but a radio stations withdrew that song from airplay because of the words “.. radio brings me down .. “, and “Black Water” ultimately became the more popular song.

The song is characterized by the melodious a cappella section, with lyrics that are perhaps the most well known in the entire song, which sing: “I’d like to hear some funky Dixieland Pretty mama, come and take me by the hand.” These lines are also featured in the Train song, “I Got You”.  The song is also noted for its instrumental violin section.

The Doobie Brothers performed this song (and others) in 1978 on an appearance of TV sitcom.  Do you know what sitcom?

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2 Responses to Today in Music History, March 15

  1. Dave says:

    Easy question. “What’s Happening?” Or was it, “What’s Happenin’?” Was there even a question mark in the title of that show? And remember when ReRon got caught taping the show? The Doobies were upset. It was a very special episode.

  2. Dave says:

    I stand corrected. It was “What’s Happening!” with an exclamation mark. So it wasn’t really a question, was it?

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