Michael Hossack

Michael Hossack (born 17 October 1946, Paterson, New Jersey) is the drummer in the band The Doobie Brothers.[1]

Hossack, known as "Big Mike," learned his craft drumming in the Boy Scouts and later served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. His musical career began in a short-lived band called Mourning Reign, but upon their break-up he was invited to join the Doobies in 1971. The addition of Hossack beefed up the rhythm section and established the band's now trademark "dual drummers" sound. Hossack played alongside founding drummer, John Hartman, on the band's breakthrough albums Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me, as well as on the less successful follow-up What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.

He left following a grueling tour in 1974 to form the short-lived Bonaroo, and had a brief stint with another band called DFK. Hossack subsequently became a partner in the Chateau Recorders studio in North Hollywood. He participated in the Doobie Brothers' 1987 one-off reunion to benefit his fellow Vietnam veterans. Afterwards, he rejoined the Doobies on a full-time basis. Except for time off to recuperate from a motorcycle accident in 2000 and 2001, Hossack has been anchoring a drum stool for the Doobie Brothers ever since.


with the Doobie Brothers


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: The Doobie Brothers". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p4118/biography. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 

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