“When Michael McDonald first played it for me, I had him slow down and just show me his left hand”: Tiran Porter on The Doobie Brothers’ Minute By Minute

The Doobie Brothers posed in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1975
(Image credit: Alamy)

Tiran Porter was a member of The Doobie Brothers for the band’s busiest years, but 1978 may have been the busiest of them all. “We were constantly on and off the road,” Porter told BP. “That’s why it took a year to make Minute By Minute.”

Two singles from the album, both co-written by Michael McDonald and released in 1979, went on to score big at the 1980 Grammy Awards. What a Fool Believes was named Song of the Year and Record of the Year, but it’s follow-up single, the album's title track Minute By Minute, was also nominated for Song of the Year, and won Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. 

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