It Keeps You Runnin'

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"It Keeps You Runnin'"
Doobie Brothers It Keeps You Runnin' single.jpg
Single by The Doobie Brothers
from the album Takin' It to the Streets
B-side"Turn It Loose"
Released1976
Format7" (45 rpm)
GenreCountry rock,[1] blue-eyed soul
Length4:20 (album version)
3:53 (single version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Michael McDonald
Producer(s)Ted Templeman
The Doobie Brothers singles chronology
"I Cheat the Hangman"
(1976)
"It Keeps You Runnin'"
(1976)
"Little Darling (I Need You)"
(1977)

"It Keeps You Runnin'" is a song by the American rock band The Doobie Brothers. The song was written by band member Michael McDonald, and served as the third single from their sixth studio album Takin' It to the Streets.

The Doobie Brothers version was featured in the 1994 Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump, and was included on the film's multi-platinum selling soundtrack album.[2]

The song was also featured in the soundtrack of the 1978 film FM.

Track listing[edit]

7" single

  1. "It Keeps You Runnin'" – 4:20
  2. "Turn It Loose" – 3:53

Personnel[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Singles (Hot 100)[3] 37

Carly Simon version[edit]

"It Keeps You Runnin'"
Carly Simon It Keeps You Runnin' single.jpg
Single by Carly Simon
from the album Another Passenger
B-side
  • "Look Me in the Eyes" (US)
  • "Be With Me" (UK)
Released1976
Format7" (45 rpm)
GenreRock, blue-eyed soul
Length3:56 (single/album version)
LabelElektra Records
Songwriter(s)Michael McDonald
Producer(s)Ted Templeman
Carly Simon singles chronology
"Waterfall"
(1975)
"It Keeps You Runnin'"
(1976)
"Nobody Does It Better"
(1977)

American singer-songwriter and musician Carly Simon covered "It Keeps You Runnin'" for her sixth studio album Another Passenger, and the song served as the lead single. Simon's version charted on both the Billboard Pop singles chart and the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[4]

The Doobie Brothers provided backing vocals on the track.[5] Ted Templeman produced both Simon's and The Doobie's versions, as well as each of their albums from which the song is featured.

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

7" single (US)

  1. "It Keeps You Runnin'" – 3:56
  2. "Look Me In The Eyes" – 3:34

7" single (UK)

  1. "It Keeps You Runnin'" – 3:56
  2. "Be with Me" – 1:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Singles (Hot 100)[6] 46
Adult Contemporary[7] 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ "9 of the best Michael McDonald songs of all time".
  2. ^ "Forrest Gump [Original Soundtrack]". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  3. ^ "The Doobie Brothers - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  4. ^ Mike Ragogna (30 August 2010). "Dukes of September, McCartney's Guitarist & An Australian's Tourabout: Conversations With Michael McDonald, Brian Ray, and Xavier Rudd". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Another Passenger". carlysimon.com.
  6. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard (Hot 100)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  7. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard (AC)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18.

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