SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Their music was the soundtrack for many who lived through the 1970’s.
The Doobie Brothers were everywhere during the “‘Me” decade, cranking out hits like “Listen To The Music”, “Black Water” and “What A Fool Believes”.
One of their many classics appeared on the 1973 album “The Captain and Me”.
China Grove blasted out of radios all summer but founding member Tom Johnston, the man who wrote the song tells KTSA he didn’t know it was an actual place when he composed it.
“I wasn’t aware that there was a China Grove. I guess I had driven past the sign on the highway going in to San Antonio.”
It WAS the 70’s after all.
The song was released to radio in July of 1973 and it remains a staple on Classic Rock radio. Johnston says he eventually made his way to the “sleepy little town down around San Antone.”
“We did drive through it once but it was way after the song came out.”
Johnston and the rest of the Doobie Brothers will be back in San Antonio later this year. They’ll appear at the Majestic Theater on September 24th at 7:30 PM.
Tickets go on sale this Friday.
The band was formed in northern California in 1970. A friend of the band came up with the name “Doobie Brothers” because the musicians were “always smoking pot.”
They recorded 14 albums with their first coming in 1971 and the most recent released in 2014.