One of their most famous songs, “Black Water” wasn’t seen as having hit potential, so it was relegated to the B-side of their 1974 album “Another Park, Another Sunday.”
In an interview with Tom Johnston, the Doobie Brothers frontman explained how the song became an unlikely hit. Said Johnston: “That’s a story that could have happened back then, but never would ever ever happen now: Roanoke, Virginia picked that tune up and started playing it in heavy rotation, and somebody in Minneapolis who I guess knew somebody in Roanoke heard the song and decided to follow suit, and it ended up becoming our first #1 single. “
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