Minute by Minute

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Minute by Minute
The Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute.jpg
Studio album by The Doobie Brothers
ReleasedDecember 1, 1978
Recorded1978
StudioWarner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, California and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles (mixing)
GenreRock
Length36:16
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTed Templeman
The Doobie Brothers chronology
Livin' on the Fault Line
(1977)
Minute by Minute
(1978)
One Step Closer
(1980)
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
SourceRating
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, released on December 1, 1978 by Warner Bros. Records. It 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.[4] It was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA.[5]

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"
McDonald3:41
3."Minute by Minute"
McDonald3:26
4."Dependin' on You"
Patrick Simmons3:44
5."Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels"
Simmons3:26
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Open Your Eyes"
McDonald3:18
7."Sweet Feelin'"
Simmons2:41
8."Steamer Lane Breakdown"Simmonsinstrumental3:24
9."You Never Change"SimmonsMcDonald, Simmons3:26
10."How Do the Fools Survive?"McDonald5:12

Personnel[edit]

The Doobie Brothers[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[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

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 1

Singles[edit]

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

Certifications[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top Pop Albums 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., 1985, p. 106, 506.
  5. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: Doobie Brothers". Retrieved October 25, 2018.