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If I have to hear "Yah mo be there" one more time I'm going to Ya Mo burn this place to the ground.
Posted by Andrew P. on Monday, 03.26.07 @ 18:01pm
Sang back up vocals for many bands, including Steely Dan and Bonni Rait. Prolific lead singer of Doobie Brothers. Then went on to win grammys for duets (i.e. "On my own") and his own songs (i.e. I keep forgettin'). Has also been a producer. Essentially, he has been an iconic and very versatile singer in both Rock and Pop...I think he deserves it. As for his influence, he proved white people can have rhythm and soul - ha ha :-)
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 03.29.07 @ 11:53am
Minute by Minute.... I still keep holdin' on.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 14:29pm
Just that voice should get him in
Posted by Dave on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 18:28pm
No, no, a thousand times no.
Posted by K-Money on Sunday, 04.13.08 @ 09:37am
After the Doobies he went down hill..He should of stayed with the band that made him..
Posted by tinman on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 09:53am
Alright kids, listen up! He has FIVE Grammy Awards. He's been asked to record tracks with the following diverse musical legends - Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Billy Preston, Kenny Loggins, Burt Bacharach, Steely Dan, Larry Carlton, Bob James, Quincy Jones, James Ingram, Lee Ritenour, Christopher Cross, Patti Labelle, Jack Jones, Norman Brown, The Winans, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, Bonnie Raitt, Nicolette Larson, Rickie Lee Jones, Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, Ambrosia, Vince Gill, Edgar Winter, Patti Austin, David Pack, Chuck Sabatino, TOTO, Bruce Hornsby, Chaka Kahn, Paul Carrack, James Taylor, Michael Omartian, Donald Fagen, Chet Atkins, Kathy Mattea, Wynonna Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Jackie Deshannon, David Cassidy, Phoebe Snow, Tom Scott, Robben Ford, Carole King, Carly Simon, Jools Holland, and the ever-so-lovely Amy Holland! These talented people ASKED Mike to "come sang" on their very own recordings, some of which you may have heard on the radio! He is solely responsible for the phenomenon of "blue-eyed-soul that influenced and readied America in the early eightys for the likes of Michael Bolton, James Ingram, Robbie Dupree, Jim Photoglo, Rick Astley, and even Taylor Hicks! There is no one in the music industry more respected and admired by his fellow performers than is Michael McDonald! He's a very rare soul in that he is so very gracious, kind, thoughtful, respectful and fiercely humble. Yet, his distinctly appealing and peerless voice leaves no doubt of the jewelcraft that he has worked lifelong to try his best to bring to the listener with such heartfelt sincerety! He writes wonderful lyrics! His percussive and uniquely syncopated piano style is the envy of all his fellow keymen, myself included. "Here To Love You" is still the best piano tune ever! "If That's What It Takes" has got some great 88Note action as well! Mike is the nicest guy you'll ever meet and he sure knows how to "marry well"! One thing I can say with surety! Michael McDonald will be in the R&RHOF long before any of these no-talent weenies that posted comments ahead of me! They will all still be living in Mom's basement playing XBOX and Guitar Hero into their late forties and still listening to KORN!
Posted by Reid on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 23:32pm
Hey I love all his songs except the "On My Own" duet and I like his voice of course, so my vote is yes!
Posted by michelle on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 16:23pm
Reid is so right! Michael McDonald has a great and distinct voice! I can almost always pick MMc out singing backup on so many popular recordings.
Posted by Elaine on Wednesday, 10.29.08 @ 12:16pm
I, for one, find his voice unlistenable. The Doobies were great, and if he makes it in with them, cool. But their best stuff doesn't feature the vocal stylings of Mr. Michael McDonald.
Posted by Connor on Wednesday, 10.13.10 @ 09:14am
I have to agree with everything Reid had just said. He was responsible for bringing Blue-Eyed Soul into the 80s. His music has stood the test of time, and I think that his influence and legacy should not be ignored.
Posted by Josephine on Tuesday, 06.19.12 @ 13:24pm
I Keep Forgettin' is a nice song. Michael McDonald's got a soothing, warm voice, although those Motown cover albums were ill-advised.
Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 06.19.12 @ 22:34pm
I Keep Forgetting * Sweet Freedom * On My Own * Ya Mo Be There
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.8.14 @ 08:48am
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