With what is sure to be quite a few stories to tell, Michael McDonald is gifting us with a new memoir, co-written with well-known comedian Paul Reiser (featured in films such as Aliens and Mad About You).
Michael McDonald first came to prominence in the ’70s, first as a member of Steely Dan, and then as the leader of The Doobie Brothers, but his big success came in the ’80s as a solo artist.
The book will bear the title of What A Fool Believes, the same title as McDonald’s most famous song he recorded with The Doobie Brothers.
McDonald wrote and sang several hit singles with the Doobie Brothers, including “What a Fool Believes“, “Minute by Minute”, and “Takin’ It to the Streets.” McDonald has also performed as a prominent backing vocalist on numerous recordings by artists including Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, and Kenny Loggins.
McDonald’s solo career consists of nine studio albums and a number of singles, including the 1982 hit “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near).” He’s won five Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Doobie Brothers in 2020.
As the story goes, McDonald and Reiser met at a party years ago, and Reiser, an accomplished pianist, invited Reiser to check out his home studio. They spent hours playing music together and became close friends, and during the pandemic, they had the idea to write McDonald’s memoir together.
What A Fool Believes will cover his long career, his interactions with other iconic musicians, and his battles with drug and alcohol addiction. Michael McDonald’s memoir is scheduled to come out on May 21, 2024, and it’s being published by Dey Street Books.
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