Michael Hossack

SONOMA, Calif. Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack, a native of Paterson, has died at age 65.

The band's manager, Bruce Cohn, said in a statement that Mr. Hossack, one of the band's two drummers, died of cancer on Monday in his home in Dubois, Wyo.

Mr. Hossack began playing drums in the Little Falls Cadets, a Boy Scout drum and bugle corps, according to the Doobie Brothers official website. 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.

"People always ask me of it's hard to play with another drummer. I tell them that after playing along with up to twelve 12 other drummers at once in the drum corps, this is a snap!" Cossack Mr. Hossack said.

Mr. Hossack played with the group from 1971 to 1973 and rejoined in 1987. His drumming can be heard on early hits including "Listen to the Music," "China Grove" and "BlackwaterBlack Water." He stopped performing with the band two years ago while struggling with cancer.

Doobie Brothers co-founder Tom Johnston said, "Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers. ... He was an incredible musician."

Mr. Hossack served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He is survived by a son and a daughter.


Published in The Record/Herald News on Mar. 14, 2012