Musician John Hartman, co-founder and authentic drummer for the Doobie Brothers, has died at 72 years previous.

The band introduced Hartman’s loss of life Thursday on their official social media pages calling Hartman a “wild spirit, nice spirit and showman.”

“Today we’re pondering of John Hartman, or Little John to us,” the band mentioned. “John was a wild spirit, nice drummer and showman throughout his time within the Doobies.

“He was additionally a detailed pal for a few years and an intricate a part of the band character!”

The Virginia native had two stints with the rock band from the early Seventies to the early Nineteen Nineties.

Hartman fashioned the band after assembly frontman Tom Johnston and later finger-picking guitarist Pat Simmons in Northern California in 1969.

Their self-titled debut album in 1971 didn’t make a splash on the charts, however their second studio album, “Toulouse Street,” grew to become an prompt fan favourite due to songs like “Listen to the Music” and “Jesus is Just Alright.” The album peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 charts in 1972.

In 1979, after eight studio albums, Hartman left the band earlier than the discharge of their ninth album, “One Step (*72*),” after a tense Japanese tour, according to Rolling Stone.

“Everything was falling aside,” mentioned Hartman.

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(L-R) Pat Simmons, John Hartman, Dave Shogren and Tom Johnston of the rock and roll band “The Doobie Brothers” pose for a portrait with a automobile in circa 1970.

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Though Hartman left the band twice in 1979 and 1992, he rejoined his bandmates once they have been inducted into 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Left to right: John Hartman, Tom Johnston, Dave Shogren and Pat Simmons of "The Doobie Brothers" in 1970.
Left to proper: John Hartman, Tom Johnston, Dave Shogren and Pat Simmons of “The Doobie Brothers” in 1970.

Ten years later, in 1989, Hartman returned for the album “Cycles” and 1991’s “Brotherhood” earlier than leaving the group once more, this time for good, in 1992.

In 2020, Hartman and the opposite surviving members of the band, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, Michael Hossack, Tom Johnston, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, John McFee, Tiran Porter and Patrick Simmons have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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