1978: When The Doobie Brothers Rocked WHAT'S HAPPENING!!

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
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WHICH DOOBIE YOU BE

There was no more impactful or memorable musical moment on prime-time TV all year than the night of January 28, 1978. That's the night when none less than the Doobie Brothers appeared on the first of a two-episode arc on the wildly popular show What's Happening!! From the classic "Which Doobie you be?" phone call to the moment Rerun was caught bootlegging the Doobies' show (he was dancing too hard, natch), the appearance helped make the band a household name all across America.

The Doobie Brothers performed a wide selection of songs over the course of the two episodes. Raj, his sister Dee, Rerun and Dwayne attend a soundcheck during which The Doobies play "Echoes Of Love" and a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Little Darling (I Need You)" from 1977’s Livin' On The Fault Line. The main concert footage features renditions of hits "Black Water" and "Takin' It To The Streets," as well as another Motown gem, "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)" and the instrumental outro of "I Cheat The Hangman."

The shows were packed with iconic moments, from Rerun getting busted with a massive tape recorder he was wearing to bootleg the show (at the behest of unscrupulous character, "Al Dunbar," to Raj's notorious phone call to the group's hotel room.