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
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
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[3]

Minute by Minute is the eighth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers. The album was released on December 1, 1978, by Warner Bros. Records. The album contains their biggest hit, the Grammy-winning "What a Fool Believes," which was written by Michael McDonald with Kenny Loggins and simultaneously released on the latter's 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.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
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


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. "The Doobie Brothers: Minute by Minute". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Stephen Holden (1979-02-22). "The Doobie Brothers: Minute By Minute". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-08-26.