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John McFee Beeb Birtles and Tom Johnston photo by Emmie Birtles

John McFee Beeb Birtles and Tom Johnston photo by Emmie Birtles

Beeb Birtles Joins The Doobie Brothers

by Paul Cashmere on June 19, 2015

in Live,News

Little River Band legend Beeb Birtles was a Doobie Brother for one song this week in Bend, Oregon.

Nashville based Birtles was visiting his daughter who lives in Bend and took the family on an outing to see his mates in The Doobie Brothers. “Tom Johnston invited me up to sing ‘Listen To The Music’ with them. It was the final encore number. So cool!,” Beeb tells

In fact, In 1979 LRB were nominated for a Grammy by NARAS for “Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus”for ‘Lonesome Loser’. The Doobie Brothers won the award that year,” he added.

The Doobie Brothers last played Australia in 2014 for the Deni Blues & Roots Festival and Bluesfest.

Beeb Birtles, Glenn Shorrock, Graeme Goble, David Briggs and Derek Pellicci, the real LRB unlike the covers band performing in the USA currently, rivaled The Doobies, Eagles and Fleetwood Mac for chart position in America in the late 70s and early 80s.

The Doobies Brothers had seven Top 10 albums between 1973 and 1980 while Little River Band solo millions of albums. LRB’s song ‘Reminiscing’ holds the record for most played Australian song of all-time on American radio with over 5 million spins. In her book ‘Loving John’, May Pang wrote that the song was John Lennon’s favourite song.

The Doobie Brothers, Bend Or, June June 16, 2015

Jesus Is Just Alright (from Toulouse Street, 1972)
Rockin’ Down The Highway (from Toulouse Street, 1972)
Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) (from Stampede, 1975)
Dependin’ On You (from Minute By Minute, 1978)
Clear As the Driven Snow (from The Captain and Me, 1973)
World Gone Crazy (from World Gone Crazy, 2010)
Neal’s Fandango (from Stampede, 1975)
Slippery South (from The Doobie Brothers, 1971)
South City Midnight Lady (from The Captain and Me, 1973)
Spirit (from What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, 1974)
Eyes of Silver (from What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, 1974)
Takin’ It To The Streets (from Takin It To The Streets, 1978)
Don’t Start Me Talkin’ (from Toulouse Street, 1972)
Black Water (from What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, 1974)
Long Train Runnin’ (from The Captain and Me, 1973)

China Grove (from The Captain and Me, 1973)
Road Angel (from What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, 1974)
Listen To The Music (with Beeb Birtles) (from Toulouse Street, 1972)


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