Doobine Bros. Drummer Dead at Age 65

Posted by at 2:00 pm on March 13, 2012

Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack has died at age 65. The band’s manager, Bruce Cohn, said in a statement that Hossack died of cancer on Monday in his home in Dubois, Wyo., reports AP. “His family was by his side,” said a statement on the band’s site. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones. We will miss him greatly.”

Hossack played with the group from 1971 to 1973 and rejoined in 1987. His drumming can be heard on early Doobies hits including Listen To The Music, China Grove and Blackwater. He stopped performing with the band two years ago while struggling with cancer. “Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers,” said Doobie Brothers co-founder Tom Johnson. “He was an incredible musician.”

Hossack grew up in New Jersey and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He is survived by a son and daughter.

“People always ask me if it’s hard to play with another drummer,” Hossack is quoted as saying in his biography posted on the band’s site. “I tell them that after playing along with up to 12 other drummers at once in the drum corps, this is a snap!”

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