Tiran Porter (Doobie Brothers)

Photo by Joe Peduto - courtesy of Doobie Brothers Com Photo by Joe Peduto - courtesy of Doobie Brothers Com

Photo by Joe Peduto – courtesy of Doobie Brothers Com

They are a quintessential American band whose excellence as songwriters, instrumentalists, and recording artists was so profound that their generation took The Doobie Brothers for granted!

From the time he hooked up with the San Jose collective in 1972 until he departed the band shortly before they split in 1980, Tiran Porter’s bass artistry was a staple on FM and AM radio.

An accomplished backing vocalist greatly inspired by Sir Paul, Tiran rendered a unique, funky plectrum plied attack coupled with a penchant for purveying melodic motifs which defined several rock standards including “China Grove,” “Listen to the Music,” “Long Train Runnin,” “Minute By Minute,” and “Takin’ It to the Streets” among others.

Tiran, who waxed a solo album in 1995 entitled Playing to an Empty House, is still on the bandstand in the Bay Area. His weapons of choice included Alembic, Fender, and Gibson.

Dig some of Tiran’s classic performances….

“Takin” It To the Streets” https://youtu.be/5o_umKOTXIs

“Long Train Runnin’ https://youtu.be/m4tJSn0QtME

“Listen to the Music” https://youtu.be/DkytJLoxGmQ

Dig Tony Senatore’s redition of “It Keeps You Runnin’” https://youtu.be/XZsWolQbxp4

Dig Tony Senatore’s rendition of “For Someone Special” https://youtu.be/4KMr3jqoImE

My guess is that most folks assumed that The Doobie Brothers were already in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame until the “powers that be” granted them honors in 2020!