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Newsmaker: Michael McDonald

Vocalist Michael McDonald will release "Motown 2" on Oct. 26, his second album of tracks made famous by stars of the Motown label. Early years: Born Feb. 12, 1952, in St. Louis, McDonald moved to Los Angeles in 1970 where he played with Steely Da...

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Vocalist Michael McDonald will release "Motown 2" on Oct. 26, his second album of tracks made famous by stars of the Motown label.

Early years: Born Feb. 12, 1952, in St. Louis, McDonald moved to Los Angeles in 1970 where he played with Steely Dan for two years. He joined the Doobie Brothers in 1975, writing and singing hits such as "Takin' It to the Streets," "Real Love," and "What a Fool Believes."

Career: Going solo in 1982, he released, "If That's What It Takes, " which produced the hit "I Keep Forgettin'." In 1983, he had another Top 20 hit with his duet with James Ingram, "Yah Mo B There." McDonald didn't deliver his second solo album, "No Lookin' Back," until 1985. The following year, his released a duet with Patti LaBelle, "On My Own." McDonald didn't release another album until 1990, "Take It to Heart," which was a bomb. Two years later, his fortunes were revived when he sang on Aretha Franklin's minor hit "Ever Changing Times." By 1996, McDonald had returned to the Doobie Brothers, touring the oldies circuit. In 2002, McDonald began working on an album covering songs by the '60s Motown artists who had influenced his career. The result was "Motown," McDonald's first major release in nearly a decade, which included renditions of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Distant Lover", and "How Sweet It Is."

Family: He married singer Amy Holland in 1980. They have two children and live in Nashville, Tenn.

In his words: "For almost everybody who grew up on the '60s, it was such a prevalent sound in our lives. When they hear these Motown songs, they probably remember who they were dating at the time."

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Web link: michaelmcdonald.com

Compiled by Dianna Baumann Sources: cmt.com, soultracks.com, twincities.com

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