Original Doobie Brothers drummer John Hartman was born on March 18th, 1950. He turns 70 today. There was a loose jam that got turned into an iconic Doobie Bros. song. It was “Rockin’ Down the Highway” and it ended up on the album Toulouse Street in 1972. John Hartman, who drummed on all The Doobie Brothers’ ’70s recordings, credits producer Ted Templeman and engineer Donn Landee with turning “Rockin’ Down the Highway” from an unstructured jam into a radio-ready track. He recalls how the song came about.
“Most of that stuff on Toulouse Street was basement songs. That means Tommy and I were down in the basement jamming these things and then coming up with some of the stuff. “Rockin’ Down the Highway”’s one of those songs and to see it go from a real rough cut basement jam song into a full-fledged production was a real neat experience.”