Patrick Simmons

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Patrick Simmons
Simmons performing with the Doobie Brothers in 2018.
Background information
Born (1948-10-19) October 19, 1948 (age 70)
Aberdeen, Washington
GenresRock, pop
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, piano, flute
Years active1970–present
Labels Warner Bros., Capitol, Elektra
Associated acts The Doobie Brothers

Patrick Simmons (born October 19, 1948) [1] is an American musician best known as a founding member of the rock band The Doobie Brothers. Born in Aberdeen, Washington, he has been the only consistent member of the band throughout their tenure. Simmons wrote many songs for the Doobie Brothers, including "South City Midnight Lady", "Dependin' On You", "Echoes of Love", and "Black Water," the group's first #1 record. [1]

The Doobie Brothers American rock band

The Doobie Brothers is an American rock band from San Jose, California. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. It has been active for five decades, with its greatest success in the 1970s.

Aberdeen, Washington City in Washington, United States

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Black Water (song) 1974 single by The Doobie Brothers

"Black Water" is a song recorded by the American music group The Doobie Brothers from their 1974 album What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits: the track - which features its composer Patrick Simmons on lead vocals - in mid-March 1975 became the first of the two Doobie Brothers' #1 hit singles.


The Doobie Brothers initially disbanded in 1982, largely on account of Simmons' decision to leave the group, as he was its sole remaining original member. In 1983, Simmons released his first solo album, Arcade, on Elektra Records. It yielded his only top 40 hit, "So Wrong", [2] which peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100. "So Wrong" was also a surprise hit on the US Dance/Disco Top 80 chart, peaking at #8. [3] The album was reissued on compact disc in Japan in the early 1990s and again in 2007, by the label Wounded Bird Records. Simmons also formed the band "Skin Suit" during this period. [4] In 1998, Simmons released a second solo album titled Take Me to the Highway.

Elektra Records record company and music label

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The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

The Dance Club Songs chart is a weekly chart published exclusively by Billboard in the United States. It is a national survey of the songs which are the most popular in nightclubs across the country and is compiled from reports from a national sample of disc jockeys. It was launched as the Disco Action Top 30 chart on August 28, 1976, and became the first chart by Billboard to document the popularity of dance music. Since its inception, several artists have set various records and garnered multiple achievements. In January 2017, Billboard proclaimed Madonna as the most successful artist in the history of the chart, ranking her first in their list of the 100 top all time dance artists and Janet Jackson being the second most successful dance club artist of all-time; Madonna also holds the record for the most number-one songs, with 46. Katy Perry holds the record for having eighteen consecutive number-one songs. Perry's third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010), became the first album in the history of the chart to produce at least seven number-one songs between 2010–12, a record it held solely until Rihanna's eighth studio album Anti also produced seven chart toppers through 2016-17. Rihanna is the only artist to have achieved five number-one songs in a calendar year.

Personal life

Simmons was raised in San Jose, California, where his father was a high school educator. He attended San José State University [5] and lived for many years in Santa Cruz County, California. In 1981 he opened a vintage motorcycle shop with author William J. Craddock. [6] Simmons moved to Mendocino County, California in 1990 after the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, and later to Hawaii. [7] He met his wife Cristine in 1989 in Sturgis, South Dakota at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. They both enjoy riding antique motorcycles, participating in the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Ride. [8] They participated in the 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball, riding from Atlantic City, New Jersey to San Diego, California. [9]

Santa Cruz County, California County in California

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William J. Craddock American writer

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