The Doobie Brothers launched the lack of lifetime of drummer John Hartman Friday, collectively saying in a social media put up, “For the time being we’re pondering of John Hartman, or Little John to usJohn was a wild spirit, good drummer, and showman all through his time throughout the Doobies.” He was 72. No clarification for lack of life was immediately launched.

Hartman, a co-founder of the group, was one in every of 9 members of the Doobie Brothers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. He had prolonged since left the customarily reuniting band.

Hartman was with the group for its preliminary run of chart-topping hits, along with signature songs like “Be all ears to the Music,” “Prolonged Follow Runnin’” and “What a Fool Believes.” He was one in every of two drummers the Doobies had on stage from 1971 until he first left the band in 1979. Ten years after departing, he returned for a reunion album in 1989 and continued on with the group by the use of 1992.

The band is at current throughout the midst of a fiftieth anniversary tour, along with a stop tonight in Portland, nonetheless Hartman was not collaborating throughout the reunion. Michael McDonald, Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons and John McFee are the four legacy members marketed as collaborating throughout the current tour.

Additional to come back again…

John Hartman, drummer for the Doobie Brothers, is seen at prime left on this 1976 image. The band (clockwise from bottom left): Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, John Hartman, Patrick Simmons, Keith Knudsen, Tiran Porter and Michael McDonald (coronary heart). (Image by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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