“Long Train Running” (remastered in 2016) written and vocal: by Tom Johnston of the ‘Doobie Brothers’.
It is taken from the band’s 1973 album ‘Captain and Me’. This track has been covered, remixed, and released by many artists, but this version I think is the best of the bunch. Before it was recorded, it used to be played live as an ad-libbed jam session and it had many titles such as "Rosie Pig Moseley" and later “Osborn". Johnston didn’t actually want to record the track and it took much persuasion from producer Teddy Templeman to convince Johnston to put words to the song. “I just considered it a bar song without a lot of merit. Teddy [Templeman], on the other hand, thought it had something."
With Johnston’s guitar playing, vocals and harmonica which helps to really drive the track, it soon hit the top 10 Billboard Hot 100 in the US and across many regions around the world.
The Doobie Brothers from San Jose, California received many accolades and most recently was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.