Given the breadth and depth of his work, first with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers and later as a solo artist, it's kind of shocking to realize that Michael McDonald is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
But for many folks, the Hall of Fame is considered a popularity contest (with an audience really of one, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner) so perhaps it doesn't matter.
After all, we still get to enjoy the catalog of great work McDonald has produced over the years. You can hear it for yourself next month when McDonald comes to the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry on Monday, Feb. 5, for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $140, $120, $110 and $100 and available at www.tupelohall.com.
McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in 1975, replacing Tom Johnston as lead singer (the current version of the Doobies features Johnston back in the role of lead singer), and sang lead vocals on such classics as "Takin' It To the Streets," "It Keeps You Runnin'," "What a Fool Believes," "Minute by Minute" and "Real Love."
Then he moved into a solo career that featured such hits as "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)", "Yah Mo B There" (with James Ingram), "On My Own" (with Patti LaBelle) and "Sweet Freedom" before he released a series of Motown tribute albums that included his unique take on songs like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Reach Out, I'll Be There" and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.
If you've got some holiday cash from a relative that's looking for a home, head up to Derry next month to check out a legend ... even if he's not a Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer.
Faithful Nightlife readers, I have a request for you. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which shows on the 2018 calendar you are most looking forward to. If we get enough of them, I'll include them in a future Nightlife column.
Happy New Year, everyone!