“What a Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers – 1979

This week Nicky J USA makes his hat-trick appearance and sails away with the 1979 yacht-rock anthem “What a Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers. Co-written by Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald in a monumental collaboration, this song would end up being recorded and released by both artists, with only the Doobie’s version reaching notable success. What are the 3 rules for creating a yacht-rock song? Which uncredited mega-pop star allegedly sang on this song? Which member of the Doobie Brothers later became a missile defense consultant for the US government based on his affinity for aviation magazines? All these questions and more will be answered on this week’s episode of Single File.

“What a Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers – 1979

This week Nicky J USA makes his hat-trick appearance and sails away with the 1979 yacht-rock anthem ”What a Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers. Co-written by Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald in a monumental collaboration, this song would end up being recorded and released by both artists, with only the Doobie’s version reaching notable success.

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3 thoughts on ““What a Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers – 1979”

  1. Baxter and McDonald knew each other from their time in Steely Dan (maybe a show on the original of that name!). Not sure about why Baxter left, buy he definitely was Mr. Cool!

  2. The scandal that you missed is that Jeff Baxter got McDonald the job in the Doobies-they both were in Steely Dan-and in return, McDonald got Baxter fired from the Doobies. after Minute By Minute, MMcD did a “either Jeff goes or I go” move.

    1. Wow! How did we miss this drama? Guess we got too hung up on the missile consultant angle.
      Thanks for listening and thanks for the comment!

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