Minute by Minute

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Minute by Minute
The Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute.jpg
Studio album by The Doobie Brothers
Released December 1, 1978
Recorded 1978
Studio Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, California and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles (mixing)
Genre Rock, R&B
Length 36:16
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ted Templeman
The Doobie Brothers chronology
Livin' on the Fault Line
(1977)Livin' on the Fault Line1977
Minute by Minute
One Step Closer
(1980)One Step Closer1980
Singles from Minute by Minute
  1. "What a Fool Believes"
    Released: January 1979
  2. "Minute by Minute"
    Released: April 1979
  3. "Dependin' on You"
    Released: July 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[3]

Minute by Minute is the eighth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1978. The album contains their biggest hit, the Grammy-winning "What a Fool Believes," which was co-written by Kenny Loggins and simultaneously released on his 1978 album Nightwatch. "Depending on You" and the title track were also released as singles. The album would be the last to include members Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and John Hartman. It is also the most-honored Doobie Brothers album, having won four Grammys at the 22nd Grammy Awards, more than any other album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Here to Love You" Michael McDonald Michael McDonald 3:58
2. "What a Fool Believes"
McDonald 3:41
3. "Minute by Minute"
McDonald 3:26
4. "Dependin' on You"
Patrick Simmons 3:44
5. "Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels"
Simmons 3:26
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
6. "Open Your Eyes"
McDonald 3:18
7. "Sweet Feelin'"
Simmons 2:41
8. "Steamer Lane Breakdown" Simmons instrumental 3:24
9. "You Never Change" Simmons McDonald, Simmons 3:26
10. "How Do the Fools Survive?" McDonald 5:12


The Doobie Brothers[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Michael Jackson said he contributed backing vocals on "What a Fool Believes", "Here to Love You" and "Minute by Minute" for the album, but he is not credited on the album.[citation needed]


  • Producer – Ted Templeman
  • Production Coordination – Beth Naranjo
  • Engineer – Donn Landee
  • Additional Engineer – Loyd Clifft
  • Cover Design and Coordinator – Bruce Steinberg
  • Photography – David Alexander
  • Management – Bruce Cohn

Recorded at Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood Mixed at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles


Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 1


Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Dependin' on You" Billboard Pop Singles 25
1979 "Minute by Minute" Billboard Black Singles 74
1979 "Minute by Minute" Billboard Pop Singles 14
1979 "What a Fool Believes" Billboard Black Singles 72
1979 "What a Fool Believes" Billboard Club Play Singles 40
1979 "What a Fool Believes" Pop Singles 1


  1. ^ Minute by Minute at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Doobie Brothers: Minute by Minute". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Rolling Stone magazine review
Preceded by
Spirits Having Flown by Bee Gees
Billboard 200 number-one album
April 7–20, 1979
April 28 - May 18, 1979
Succeeded by
Breakfast in America by Supertramp