John Hartman, Doobie Brothers’ Founding Drummer, Dies at 72

On Friday, the Doobie Brothers shared on social media that drummer John Hartman had died.

They wrote, "Today we are thinking of John Hartman, or Little John to us." During his time with the Doobies, John was a free spirit,

a great drummer, and a showman. He was 72. No cause of death was given right away.  

Hartman was one of nine Doobie Brothers who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

He was one of the group's founders. He had left the band a long time ago, but they often got back together.  

From 1971 until he left the band for the first time in 1979, he was one of the two drummers the Doobies had on stage.

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