Minute by Minute

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Minute by Minute
The Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1, 1978
StudioWarner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, California and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles (mixing)
GenrePop rock, soft rock, R&B
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTed Templeman
The Doobie Brothers chronology
Livin' on the Fault Line
Minute by Minute
One Step Closer
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
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
The Great Rock Discography7/10[4]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]

Minute by Minute is the eighth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released on December 1, 1978 by Warner Bros. Records. It was their first without Tom Johnston as a full-fledged member of the band, and would be the last to include members Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and John Hartman.

The album spent 87 weeks on the chart. In the spring of 1979 Minute by Minute was the best-selling album in the U.S. for five non-consecutive weeks.[7] It was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA.[8]

The song "What a Fool Believes" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1979 and became the band's biggest hit. The title track and "Depending on You" were also released as singles and reached the top 30.

Minute by Minute made The Doobie Brothers one of the big winners at the 22nd Grammy Awards. The album got the trophy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group; the single "What a Fool Believes" earned them three Grammys, including Song and Record of the Year.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Here to Love You"Michael McDonaldMichael McDonald3:58
2."What a Fool Believes"
3."Minute by Minute"
4."Dependin' on You"
Patrick Simmons3:44
5."Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels"
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Open Your Eyes"
7."Sweet Feelin'"
8."Steamer Lane Breakdown"Simmonsinstrumental3:24
9."You Never Change"SimmonsMcDonald, Simmons3:26
10."How Do the Fools Survive?"McDonald5:12


The Doobie Brothers[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • 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
"Minute by Minute" Billboard Black Singles 74
"Minute by Minute" Billboard Pop Singles 14
"What a Fool Believes" Billboard Black Singles 72
"What a Fool Believes" Billboard Club Play Singles 40
"What a Fool Believes" Pop Singles 1


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA 3× Platinum October 22, 1984


  1. ^ Bruce Eder. "Minute by Minute - The Doobie Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: D". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2002). "The Doobie Brothers". The Great Rock Discography. The National Academies. ISBN 1-84195-312-1.
  5. ^ Stephen Holden (1979-02-22). "The Doobie Brothers: Minute By Minute". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 253. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top Pop Albums 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., 1985, p. 106, 506.
  8. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: Doobie Brothers". Retrieved October 25, 2018.