John Hartman, former drummer of the Doobie Brothers, dies at 72

The Doobie Brothers shared the news of Hartman’s death on the band’s official social media pages on Thursday.

WASHINGTON — John Hartman, the original drummer and co-founder of the rock band The Doobie Brothers, has died at the age of 72.

The Doobie Brothers announced the news of Hartman’s death on Thursday via the band’s official social media pages.

“John was a wild spirit, great drummer and showman during his time with the Doobies.” read the tweet. “He was also a close friend for many years and an important part of the band personality. We extend our condolences to all of his loved ones at this difficult time.”

Hartman formed The Doobie Brothers with current guitarists and vocalists Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston in the 1970s. Hartman met the pair and began playing in Bay Area bars, according to the band’s website.

The band had success with their second album “Toulouse Street”. The band landed hits like “Black Water”, “What a Fool Believes” and “Listen to the Music”.

Hartman left the band in 1979 but returned briefly in 1989 for the band’s reunion album Cycles. He retired in 1992 after the 1991 reunion album Brotherhood.

Hartman was one of two drummers for the Doobie Brothers and was on the first eight albums. Ed Toth is the band’s current drummer.

In 2020, Hartman and his Doobie bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band was also inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and has won four Grammy Awards.

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