Legendary drummer served in the U.S. Navy before becoming a professional musician
Doobie Brothers drum great Michael Hossack passed away at his home in Dubois, Wyoming, yesterday (March 12). Hossack was suffering from cancer for quite a while and passed away from complications from complications of the disease with his loved ones by his side. He was 65.
Hossack played with the Doobie Brothers from 1971 and 1973 and appeared on many of the group’s biggest chart-toppers, such as “Listen to the Music” and “China Grove.” Hossack rejoined the group when they officially reunited in 1987, and he was a major part of the band throughout the following two decades, touring the world behind the drum kit. He left in 2010, due to his ailing health. In 2010, Hossack wrote fans a message of the group’s official website clarifying why he was no longer touring with them. “I have had some problems relating to injuries I received in an auto accident a couple of years ago,” Hossack wrote.
Hossack, a New Jersey native, started rocking the drums during his pre-teen years, and later went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. A true hero, he once thought he would follow a career in law enforcement, until a friend convinced him to audition for California group Mourning Reign. He made the cut, although the band broke up in 1971. The Doobie Brothers then asked him to play drums in their group, alongside drummer John Hartman.
The Doobie Brothers have booked a run of tour dates scheduled for this spring, followed by a high-profile, co-headlining North American run with legendary band Chicago. Hossack was a fan favorite, and he will surely be missed on the road.