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'Nothin' But a Heartache'
Michael McDonald is one of the greatest singers of his generation, and help pioneered the blue-eyed-soul and classic rock sound of the late '70s and early '80s. From his days with The Doobie Brothers and his successful solo career, we've picked just a handful of the best Michael McDonald songs to get your soothing playlist started Its closeness to the song of the same name by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller resulted in the pair being given a songwriting credit. His sister Maureen provided backing vocals, while Greg Phillinganes, Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro of the band Toto played the clavinet, guitar and drums. Written and produced by Burt Bacharach and his former wife Carole Bayer Sager, it was first recorded by Dionne Warwick but she decided not to release it.
# 9 – All I Need
From the moment he stepped up to the mic as a backing vocalist for Steely Dan , Michael McDonald commanded listeners' attention -- and he's continued to earn it over the ensuing decades, first as a member of the Doobie Brothers and then as a solo artist and periodic guest on other people's records. We've put together a list of his best songs, confining our choices to the ones he either wrote or co-wrote with the Doobies or on his own which means we left off ' On My Own '. And we decided not to limit ourselves to 10 tracks -- in fact, we added five extra, one for each of his Grammys. What ended up making the cut? By the time the Doobie Brothers convened to record 's 'One Step Closer,' the band was really limping along -- the result of years of punishing touring and recording schedules -- and you can hear it all over the album, which suffers from early '80s production as well as a general artistic malaise. Listening to it now, it's easy to hear a superior version being cut by an earlier, more unified version of the band. By his own admission, McDonald was in a pinch for new material when the Doobies returned to the studio shortly after 'Takin' It to the Streets,' and the need for songs was compounded by the departure of guitarist Tom Johnston early in the sessions for what became 'Livin' on the Fault Line. The popular knock on McDonald as a member of the Doobies is that he dragged the band toward the middle of the road. Unfortunately, quite a bit of his solo career backed up that argument -- partly because he has a real knack for ballads, but also because his brand of polished pop wasn't done many favors by the synth-coated production of the '80s.
Photo: dbking [CC BY 2. A superior distinguished vocal ability has defined the career of Michael McDonald. However, the term vocal ability is far too limiting to express the art of Michael McDonald. As a songwriter, he has written material that wraps around his voice perfectly delivering spirited songs of substance. The many duets he has performed have been extraordinary because only the best singers in the business would dare share a microphone with the legendary voice of Michael McDonald.