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"The Doctor"
Single by The Doobie Brothers
from the album Cycles
Released March, 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Rock
Length 3:47
Label Capitol Records
Writer(s) Tom Johnston/Charlie Midnight/Eddie Schwartz
Producer 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 one spot on the Billboard mainstream rock chart and peaked at number nine 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 70's. 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]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 189.
  2. ^ ""The Doctor"". Retrieved 2009-12-26.  


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