Black is Black: #6 "Black Water" Doobie Brothers (1974)

@JohnRoberts (57407)
Los Angeles, California
April 5, 2017 8:57am CST
There were two distinct Doobie Brothers during the band’s glory years of the 70s and early 80s: Tom Johnston led Doobies (1969-75) and Michael McDonald Doobies (1975-82). The group from San Jose, California were pretty big at one time. I confess to being a Johnston Doobies fans prior to getting into punk/new wave. “I’d like to hear some funky Dixieland Pretty mama, come and take me by the hand” That is the memorable a cappella lyric from “Black Water.” From the album “What Were Once Vices are Now Habits,” “Black Water” would become the Doobie Brothers’ first #1 single. The song is all Patrick Simmons (the other major force in the group): he wrote and sang plus played lead guitar. Inspired by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Simmons wanted a song with a New Orleans vibe. “Mississippi woman, won't you keep shinin’ on me Old black water, keep on rollin’”
Part 7 of the HBO Recorded Doobie Brothers Live at Alpine Valley Amphitheater in Wis in 1979.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
5 Apr 17
"By the hand (hand) take me by the hand (pretty Mama)" Love the interweaving vocals in the a cappella section.
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@FourWalls (13810)
• United States
5 Apr 17
With you all night long
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@snowy22315 (47427)
• United States
5 Apr 17
I was always a fan of the Doobie Brothers, good tune!
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
5 Apr 17
That was such a catchy song!! It had everything--great music, catchy lyrics, good vocals. I'll still gladly listen to that one when it comes on the oldies station.
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@TheSojourner (17454)
• United States
10 Apr 17
This is my favorite Doobie Bros. song. Love the a cappella part the most. Thank you for this blast from the past!
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@Ronrybs (7347)
• London, England
7 Apr 17
Feel certain I've heard this one before, but I didn't realise the Doobies did it
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Apr 17
I prefer pre-McDonald. This is classic 70's.
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@FourWalls (13810)
• United States
5 Apr 17
Big ol' honkin' thumbs up!!!
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@Tampa_girl7 (25740)
• United States
5 Apr 17
I have "Black Water" on a 45
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