2009-12-04 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Michael McDonald's 'This Christmas'

Michael McDonald Michael McDonald Michael McDonald will perform at the Theatre at Westbury on Wednesday, December 16 at 8 p.m. McDonald is known for his work as a member of the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and for several hits as a solo artist. With his husky, soulful baritone, McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late '70s. He found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star. After singing backup on several Steely Dan albums in the mid- '70s, McDonald joined the Doobie Bro - thers in 1977, ushering in the group's most popular period with hits like "What a Fool Believes" and "Taking It to the Streets."

After the Doobies' first farewell tour, in 1982, McDonald continued to record and perform as a solo artist. He had success with albums like That Was Then The Early Years, Motown, and Motown 2. Some of his greatest hits include "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," "Sweet Freedom," "Yah Mo B There," a duet with James Ingram, "Take it to Heart" and "On My Own," a duet with Patti Labelle.

McDonald recently released a Christmas album titled This Christmas. The album includes holiday favorites such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "White Christmas."

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