Song: “What A Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers
Reached #1: April 14, 1979 (their second, 1 week)
Previously: Day 75
In 1979, it took a lot for a rock song to hit #1 on the Billboard charts – it was the height of the disco
error era, and “What A Fool Believes” was hardly a disco track. Then again, the Doobies did release a dance/disco version of the song, but that’s not the one that hit #1.
It was actually a sign of things to come, as by 1980, the disco craze was basically dead. So you can consider this a song ahead of its time – but what else would you expect from Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins? “What A Fool Believes” became the 1980 Grammy Song of the Year, and their other major collaboration, “This Is It”, is one of Kenny Loggins’ best-known tracks.
By the time “Fool” hit #1, the writing was on the wall for the Doobies. Their ever-shifting lineup had almost reached the point of complete turnover. Within a year, they were being called “McDonald’s backing band”… and within two years, they’d broken up. It wasn’t that long of a breakup, as no less than a dozen Doobies from the various incarnations came together for a veterans’ relief concert that became a tour and then a full-on reunion in 1987… and they’ve stayed together ever since. McDonald even dropped back in with the group briefly in 2006.
“Fool” would be the Doobies’ second and last #1. Two more top 10 hits in 1980 and 1989 followed, and then… well… it’s not like they need to release much more new music, right?
Tomorrow, a ‘60s father/daughter duo.
Other songs that reached #1 on April 14:
1958 – “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” by Laurie London (her first, 4 weeks, Disk Jockey chart)
1990 – “I’ll Be Your Everything” by Tommy Page (his first, 1 week)
2001 – “All For You” by Janet Jackson (her tenth, 7 weeks)