The Doctor (The Doobie Brothers song)

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"The Doctor"
Single by The Doobie Brothers
from the album Cycles
Released May 3, 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Rock
Length 3:47
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Tom Johnston/Charlie Midnight/Eddie Schwartz
Producer(s) Charlie Midnight/Eddie Schwartz/Rodney Mills

"The Doctor" is a hit single released by The Doobie Brothers on their 1989 studio effort, Cycles. The song, so far, is the last hit single that the band has released; it reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard mainstream rock chart and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

The song was released with a music video that features the band playing to the tune with all of the members present. The video also got significant airplay on the music video channels throughout the US and helped propel the song into the spotlight. Guitarist and founding member Tom Johnston sang the lead vocal, after returning from years of being out of the band after Michael McDonald took over in the late 1970s. Johnston told Songfacts that he wrote the bulk of the song before the band re-formed when he was in a band called Border Patrol.[2]


Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 62


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 189.
  2. ^ "The Doctor". Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  3. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 

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