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The San Jose Home Where The Doobie Brothers Began Their Careers Is Now An Historical Landmark!

A small piece of rock & roll history will be forever preserved in the Naglee Park neighborhood of San Jose.

The San Jose City Council has designated that 285 South 12th St., otherwise known as the The Doobie Brothers’ home, as a historic landmark.

It was in that same house in 1970, that Tom Johnston, who was also a student at San Jose State, founded the band with guitarist Patrick Simmons, drummer John Hartman and bass player Dave Shogren.

It was in that same house that the band wrote some of their biggest hits, including “Rockin’ Down the Highway” and “Listen to the Music.”

“When we preserve something and it’s not a part of today’s culture, that’s preserving history and I appreciate the work that’s gone into this,” said councilmember Raul Peralez.

Just last year, the band become the first group from San Jose to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The current owners of the house, John White and Lauren Simonson-White, have submitted applications to designate the property as a historic landmark last May.  They also created a ten-year plan to restore and rehabilitate the home and install a bronze plaque on the front of the home explaining its historical significance.

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