Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack dies


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From USA Today:

Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack has died at age 65.

The band's manager, Bruce Cohn, said in a statement that Hossack died of cancer on Monday in his home in Dubois, Wyo., reports AP.

"His family was by his side," said a statement on the band's site. "Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones. We will miss him greatly."

Hossack played with the group from 1971 to 1973 and rejoined in 1987. His drumming can be heard on early hits Doobies hits including Listen To The Music, China Grove and Blackwater. He stopped performing with the band two years ago while struggling with cancer.

"Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers," said Doobie Brothers co-founder Tom Johnson. "He was an incredible musician."

Hossack, who grew up in New Jersey and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, is survived by a son and daughter.

"People always ask me if it's hard to play with another drummer," Hossack is quoted as saying in his biography posted on the band's site. "I tell them that after playing along with up to 12 other drummers at once in the drum corps, this is a snap!"


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So sad. An unwelcome reminder that we're all getting older too fast. Stay healthy everyone.....Hossack's drumming on China Grove is classic, as is all of the early Doobie's work.


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Older yes, although 65 is certainly not old. Loved his playing.



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Loved his playing. I've always wondered what kind of snare they used. Sounded so crisp and clean...


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He lived a long, fruitful, productive life, didn't destroy himself, avoided ugly dramas and died with dignity and his family around him.

He will therefore be quickly forgotten.