Michael McDonald

One of the most popular purveyors of "blue-eyed soul" in the 1970s and 1980s, singer Michael McDonald enjoyed success with the popular rock band the Doobie Brothers before launching a solo career that kicked into high ... Read more »
Born: 02/12/1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Music (27)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Amateurs 2007 (Movie)

("Obsession Blues") (Song)

The Amateurs 2007 (Movie)

("Obsession Blues") (Song Performer)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

("You Belong To Me") (Song)

Dirty 2006 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Dirty 2006 (Movie)

(Score Mixing)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Performer

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

("Minute by Minute") (Song)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

("Minute by Minute") (Song Performer)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

("The Meaning of Love") (Song)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

("The Meaning of Love") (Song Performer)

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 (Movie)

("Eyes of a Child") (Song Performer)

Up on the Roof 1997 (Movie)

("What a Fools Believe") (Song)

Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

("It Keeps You Runnin") (Song)

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

("No Lookin' Back") (Song Performer)

No Way Out 1987 (Movie)

("No Way Out") (Song)

No Mercy 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

No Mercy 1986 (Movie)

("Our Love (Theme From 'No Mercy')") (Song Performer)

Running Scared 1986 (Movie)

("Sweet Freedom") (Song Performer)

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

("Don't Wanna Be Normal") (Song)

Crackers 1984 (Movie)

main title song performer("We Got More Than We Need") (Song Performer)

The David Letterman Show 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)

("Outside") (Song)

No Nukes 1980 (Movie)

("Dependin' on You" "What a Fool Believes" "Takin' It To The Streets") (Song)

Prancer Returns (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (24)

The 48th Annual CMA Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

American Idol 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 Radio Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

For Your Love 1997 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soundstage 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Presenter

Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, Uh-Huh! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Top of the Pops: A Very Special Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Rock 'n' Roll: The First 25 Years 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most popular purveyors of "blue-eyed soul" in the 1970s and 1980s, singer Michael McDonald enjoyed success with the popular rock band the Doobie Brothers before launching a solo career that kicked into high gear with the 1982 single "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near). " His dusky baritone and heartfelt delivery, which earned equal parts artists' respect and comic parody, kept him at the top of the Billboard charts for much of the 1980s before his signature brand of polished soft rock fell out of favor with listeners. McDonald kept active as a guest vocalist and live performer until rebounding in 2002 with two collections of Motown covers that sparked considerable interest among baby boomer audiences and those who grew up with his solo work. McDonald's subsequent efforts, which included a 2010 joint tour with Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs, walked a careful line between nostalgia and homage to great music of the past, which did much to preserve his status as a relevant and respected R&B artist.

Milestones

Popular songs include "I Keep Forgettin'" and "On My Own".

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