Minute by Minute

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This article is about the Doobie Brothers album. For other songs with the same title, see Minute by Minute (song).
Minute by Minute
The Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute.jpg
Studio album by The Doobie Brothers
Released December 1, 1978
Recorded 1978 at Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, California
Genre Rock, R&B
Length 36:16
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ted 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
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

  1. "Here to Love You" (McDonald) – 3:58 (Lead Vocals: Michael McDonald)
  2. "What a Fool Believes" (McDonald, Loggins) – 3:41 (Lead Vocals: Michael McDonald)
  3. "Minute by Minute" (McDonald, Abrams) – 3:26 (Lead Vocals: Michael McDonald)
  4. "Dependin' on You" (Simmons, McDonald) – 3:44 (Lead Vocals: Patrick Simmons)
  5. "Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels" (Simmons, Baxter, Michael Ebert) – 3:26 (Lead Vocals: Patrick Simmons)

Side Two

  1. "Open Your Eyes" (McDonald, Abrams, Henderson) – 3:18 (Lead Vocals: Michael McDonald)
  2. "Sweet Feelin'" (Simmons, Templeman) – 2:41 (Lead Vocals: Patrick Simmons)
  3. "Steamer Lane Breakdown" (instrumental) (Simmons) – 3:24
  4. "You Never Change" (Simmons) – 3:26 (Lead Vocals: Patrick Simmons)
  5. "How Do the Fools Survive?" (McDonald, Carole Bayer Sager) – 5:12 (Lead Vocals: Michael McDonald)


The Doobie Brothers:

Additional Players:

Michael Jackson said he contributed back up 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
  • Engineer: Donn Landee
  • Cover design: Bruce Steinberg
  • Arranger: Michael McDonald
  • Conductor: Bobby LaKind
  • Photography: David Alexander

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



Year Chart Position
1979 Pop Albums 1


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


  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