Mike Hossack

May 2, 2012 Staff

Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack, 65, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at his home in Dubois after a long battle with cancer.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Pending services can be checked at for future memorial details.

Michael Hossack was born Oct. 17, 1946, in Paterson, N.J. At the age of 12, he started playing drums in the Little Falls Cadets, a Boy Scout drum and bugle corps. He credited his drum instructors, Joe Whelan (Little Falls Cadets), Bob Peterson (Our Lady of Lourdes Cadets) and George Tuttle (Fair Lawn Cadets) for teaching him the disciplines of playing with other drummers.

After serving with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, Mr. Hossack returned to New Jersey in January 1969 and was about to embark on a career in law enforcement when a friend convinced him to audition for a California band called Mourning Reign, which was playing at a local resort. Soon after returning to the West Coast, the band signed a production contract with the same company as a new bay-area band, The Doobie Brothers. Tough financial times hastened the demise of the Mourning Reign, but the Doobie Brothers had heard of Mr. Hossack's abilities and invited him to join the band in a two-drummer concept. He was soon in the studio laying down tracks for the band's second album for Warner Brothers called "Toulouse Street," soon to be followed by "The Captain and Me" and "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits." Early albums included hits such as "Listen to The Music," "Rockin' Down The Highway," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "China Grove," "Long Train Runnin," and the band's first No. 1 hit single, "Blackwater."

After 20 months on the road in 1973, Mr. Hossack left the band. After a short hiatus he helped found a new band called Bonaroo, which recorded one album for Warner Brothers before disbanding in 1975. In 1976 he did a short stint for another two-drummer band called DFK, (Les Dudek, Mike Finnigan and Jim Kreiger). Then in 1977, he became a partner in Chateau Recorders, a recording studio in North Hollywood and divided his time between working and raising his children.

In 1987, Mr. Hossack rejoined the Doobie Brothers in a series of benefit concerts for veterans of the Vietnam War. The success of those concerts inspired the band to reform and soon they received an offer from Capitol Records to begin recording again, and have been performing ever since, adding to Mr. Hossack's credits with the albums, "Cycles," "Brotherhood," "Sibling Rivalry," "Rockin' Down the Highway-The Wildlife Concerts" and "World Gone Crazy."

Mr. Hossack is survived by his son, Mike Jr. of Dallas and daughter Erica Oliver of Denver.

He was preceded in death by his mother Aida Hossack.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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