John Hartman, the famous American drummer and founding member of the Doobie Brothers, passed away this month as announced by his fellow bandmates today. Read on to know how did John Hartman die and what was the cause of his death.
Hartman was the founding drummer of the Doobie Brothers who played with them from their debut to their rise to success. He later left the group and retired from playing drums but came back for several reunions occasionally.
How did John Hartman die?
Doobie Brothers announced via their social media platforms today that John Hartman died a few days earlier this month. He was 72 years old. Hartman was a part of the group on all of their major recordings, from the beginning to the very end.
They also got conducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame together a couple of years ago. The Doobie Brothers are remembering Hartman as “a wild spirit, great drummer, and showman.”
Here’s the full post that the Doobie Brothers shared to announce John Hartman’s death paying respect to the late rockstar:
John Hartman dead: What was the cause of his death?
Doobie Brothers bandmates didn’t reveal the exact date, location, or the cause of John Hartman’s death. Hartman’s family and other friends haven’t come out with an official statement revealing more details either.
We shall currently allow them to have their private time and will seek more information later. Make sure you visit us again to stay updated about your favorite drummer who isn’t here anymore.
John Hartman had a decorated career with Doobie Brothers
John Hartman was born on March 18, 1950, in Falls Church, Virginia. He was the co-founder of the rock band Doobie Brothers and played with them from the first album “The Doobie Brothers” (1971) to their Grammy-winning chartbuster “Minute by Minute” (1978).
In 1979, Hartman left the Doobie Brothers at the age of 29 to retire from music and look after his Arabian horses on his California ranch. After that, he came back for several reunions and played for the band in 1989’s Cycles and 1991’s Brotherhood.
Hartman was with the band in their biggest hits including China Grove, Black Water, Listen to the Music, Jesus is Just Alright, Rockin’s Down the Highway, and Long Train Runnin’. The group tirelessly worked their way around the world together.
In 2020, the Doobie Brothers had their ultimate reunion for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have won four Grammy Awards and sold more than 48 million records globally.
Tributes coming in for Doobie Brothers’ John Hartman
Ever since the news of Hartman’s passing emerged, fans and friends have been posting tributes for the late drummer on social media platforms. Here are some of the most emotional ones:
Our heart goes out to Hartman’s family in these tough times. May God offer them strength and let the departed soul rest in peace.