The Lovin' Spoonful / Do You Believe In Magic Kama Sutra KLPS-8050 BMG Heritage 74465-99730-2 (Reissue) 1,Do You Believe In Magic 2,Blues In The Bottle 3,Sportin' Life 4,My Gal 5,You Baby 6,Fishin' Blues In addition, "Never Goin' Back" only featured Yester and Butler's playing—the other musical parts were played by session musicians, which had not occurred since drummer Gary Chester played on Do You Believe In Magic. ‘Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful’ is the best attempt to bind together the disparate strands that make up the group’s sound. 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[8] The only other 1960s act to achieve that feat is Gary Lewis & the Playboys. ", and "Daydream". He also appeared on two Doors live albums, playing on "Little Red Rooster" on Alive, She Cried and on seven songs on Live in Detroit. The band had its roots in the folk music scene based in the Greenwich Village section of lower Manhattan during the early 1960s. Sebastian's Woodstock set consisted of three songs from his recorded but not yet released John B. Sebastian album ("How Have You Been", "I Had a Dream", and "Rainbows All Over Your Blues") and two Lovin' Spoonful songs ("Darling Be Home Soon" and "Younger Generation", which he dedicated to a newborn baby at the festival). Rated #760 in the best albums of 1966. Recording of a live outdoor concert in Woodstock, NY in July 1970. Includes results available with selected plan: Includes results available with selected plans: Includes results not available with your plan.Includes results not available with your plans.Browse 508 the lovin spoonful stock photos and images available, or start a new search to explore more stock photos and images. Albums include Summer in the City / Butchie's Tune, Do You Believe in Magic On this recording, Murray Weinstock (a current member of the Lovin' Spoonful) is playing piano.[23]. That same year, Sebastian married Loretta "Lorey" Kaye, a waitress at Steve Paul's The Scene who later worked for Hit Parader magazine; they divorced in 1968. Several songs have also spawned multiple covers, including: Sebastian is also credited with helping to popularize the art of tie-dyeing clothing among music fans and festival goers in the late 1960s, by publicly appearing in outfits that he tie-dyed himself after learning the process from Ann Thomas of Water Baby Dye Works. The Lovin' Spoonfulis an American rockband which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. Twenty-five years later, he returned for Woodstock '94, playing harmonica for Crosby, Stills and Nash and appearing with his own band, the J-Band. As the follow-up to "Do You Believe in Magic," "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" was the Lovin' Spoonful's second hit, reaching the Top Ten in early 1966. Woodstock Mountains) folk collaboration for the album More Music From Mud Acres. [4] The four tracks recorded for Elektra were released on the 1966 various artists compilation LP What's Shakin' after the band's success on Kama Sutra. The Lovin' Spoonful became known for such folk-flavored pop hits as "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice", which reached #10, and "Daydream", which went to #2. [5][7] Other hits included "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" Jim Yester left this new grouping in March 1993 and was replaced by guitarist Randy Chance. In 1991, after a long-awaited settlement with their record company, Butler and Boone decided to start up the Lovin' Spoonful again with Jerry Yester. In 2016 rock artist Richard Barone recorded a version of the Spoonful's "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?" ", "Wild Man Blues: Woody's Great American Songbook", "The Lovin' Spoonful – What's Up, Tiger Lily?". "Do You Believe in Magic" reached #9 on the Hot 100, and the band followed it up with a series of hit singles and albums throughout 1965 and 1966, all produced by Jacobsen. He cited the band "integrating lots of different elements – blues, country and folk music and a bit of rock. The couple divorced in 1966. Butler had previously played with Boone in a group called The Kingsmen (not the hit group of "Louie Louie" fame). [17] He later left the music business and opened a restaurant, Chez Piggy, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In 1969 Boone produced an album for Mercury Records by a group known as The Oxpetals, a cosmic rock band inspired by The Moody Blues' "In Search of the Lost Chord". From the Lovin Spoonful to a soul career, John Sebastian has shared a variety of music. The group's first Night Owl performances were reportedly so bad that the club owner told them to go away and practice, so they practiced in the basement of the nearby Hotel Albert until they had improved enough to draw audience attention.[3]. [21][53] His later albums have been released primarily on independent record labels. Four songs were co-written with Phil Galdston, and the traditional "Mornin' Blues" was arranged by Sebastian. 1 single with "Welcome Back", the theme song to the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter,[8] causing the label to rush the production of an album, also titled Welcome Back. Office of the State Historian (New Mexico), Williamson, Chet, "A Lovin' Spoonful of Blues: The John Sebastian Trio With Paul Rishell and Annie Raines,", Monck, Chip (attributed by Joe McDonald via original link at. [42] Sebastian has confirmed in later interviews that he was a regular marijuana user at the time and had taken acid at Woodstock because he was not scheduled to perform. [6] Eleanor Roosevelt was a neighbor who lived across the hall. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The Lovin' Spoonful, which blended folk-rock and pop with elements of blues, country, and jug band music, became part of the American response to the British Invasion, and was noted for such hits as "Do You Believe in Magic", "Summer in the City", "Daydream", "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? [27], In February 2020, the three surviving original members (Sebastian, Boone and Butler) performed together as The Lovin’ Spoonful for the first time in 20 years as part of the Wild Honey Orchestra’s all-star tribute to the band. He traveled to the festival as a spectator, but was asked to appear when the organizers suddenly needed an acoustic performer after a rain break because they couldn't set up amps on stage for Santana until the water was swept off. Soon-to-be members of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead were part of the West Coast acoustic folk music scene when the Lovin' Spoonful came to town on tour. [5] His godfather and first babysitter was children's book illustrator Garth Williams, a friend of his father. [54] In 2006, Sebastian's five Reprise albums were reissued as individual CDs by Collectors' Choice Music, with new liner notes by Richie Unterberger.[48][49][50][51][53]. Reissued in USA by Collectors' Choice COLC 721 (2006). [11][12][13] Shortly thereafter, John Sebastian composed the music for Francis Ford Coppola's second film, You're a Big Boy Now, and the Lovin' Spoonful played the music for the soundtrack, which included yet another hit, "Darling Be Home Soon". (auction lot listing for script). After a two-month rehearsal in the Berkshire Mountains, the group started touring, with Joe Butler now the most common lead singer. 1 hit in 1976, "Welcome Back". "Lot 36090, (E. B. John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful). Boone and Yanovsky were arrested in California for marijuana possession, and evidently got out of trouble by turning in their source. White. "Coconut Grove" (John Sebastian - Zal Yanofsky) Intro: acoustic guitar [4X; electric guitar enters 3rd time] Em7 A7 Em7: 02203x A7: x0202x / / / / / / Verse 1: Em7 A7 It's really true how n He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. Songwriter Hall of Fame John Sebastian biography. Much of Sebastian's material, especially his 1970s Reprise albums and the 1996 King Biscuit Flower Hour live recording, has been reissued and/or repackaged many times; therefore, this table is selective. Adaptation by John Sebastian." Traditionally used as a folk and bluegrass instrument, the autoharp was famously used on recordings by the Carter family, the Lovin' Spoonful and more recently British musicians Johnny Marr of the Smiths and PJ Harvey. Sebastian has continued to tour and play live, both solo and with a variety of backing bands. Sebastian appeared on Eels' 2005 release, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. They were joined by Jerry's brother, Jim Yester (vocals and guitar), formerly of The Association. Classic Bands web site interview with John Sebastian. He wrote the music and provided the singing voice of "Daniel Mouse" for the Canada-based Nelvana animated television special The Devil and Daniel Mouse (1978) about two mice attempting to succeed in the music business. [1], One of Sebastian's first projects after leaving the Spoonful was composing the music and lyrics for a play with music, Jimmy Shine, written by Murray Schisgal. Released in September 1966 on Kama Sutra (catalog no. [4][11], In the early 1960s, Sebastian developed an interest in blues music and in playing harmonica in a blues style, rather than the classical style of his father. Right on the tails of the Beau Brummels and the Byrds, the Lovin' Spoonful were among the first American groups to challenge the domination of the British Invasion bands in the mid-'60s. The Lovin' Spoonful song list The group was only active from 1965-1968, which John Sebastian described as "two glorious years and a tedious one." [28], John Lennon's personal jukebox was found to contain the Lovin' Spoonful record "Daydream." Next they played “Darlin’ Be Home Soon” with John playing … In 1967 alone, The Lovin’ Spoonful made three historic appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Rolling Stone Magazine entry for The Lovin' Spoonful. by The Lovin' Spoonful 9,524 views, added to favorites 446 times Difficulty: intermediate Author Pencom [a] 30,254. Charlotte's Web, (Musical) Based on the Book by E. B. White's Charlotte's Web in consultation with his godfather Garth Williams, who illustrated White's original book. Yanovsky's replacement was Jerry Yester, formerly of the Modern Folk Quartet. During the 1960s and 1970s, Sebastian guested on a number of recordings by other artists. Sebastian had closed his Woodstock set with the song. See more ideas about the lovin' spoonful, lovin, john sebastian. In September 1969, a month after Woodstock, Sebastian performed a similar set of solo and Spoonful material at the 1969 Big Sur Folk Festival and was featured in the subsequent documentary Celebration at Big Sur (1971). "[29], Paul McCartney has stated that "Good Day Sunshine" was "really very much a nod to The Lovin’ Spoonful's ‘Daydream,’ the same traditional, almost trad-jazz feel. [9][10] The band also gained an added bit of publicity when Butler replaced Jim Rado in the role of Claude for a sold-out four-month run with the Broadway production of the rock musical Hair. In order to write a review on digital sheet music you must first have purchased the item. Founded in New York City in 1965 by lead-singer/songwriter John Sebastian and guitarist Zal Yanovsky, it is best known for a number of hits which include "Summer in the City", "Do You Believe In Magic", "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? 1 hit in 1976, "Welcome Back". [30] Sources that have tried to reconstruct the Woodstock running order differ on the exact time and position of Sebastian's unplanned set, with some stating that he played on Saturday, August 16, immediately after Country Joe McDonald;[31][32] others saying that on that Saturday, Santana followed McDonald and Sebastian appeared after Santana;[33][34][35] and still others, including McDonald, recalling that Sebastian actually played on Friday, August 15, at some point after Richie Havens opened the festival.[36][37][38][39]. [19][20][21], Sebastian left the Lovin' Spoonful in 1968 and did not play with any later versions of the band, except for a brief reunion with the other three original members to appear in Paul Simon's 1980 film One-Trick Pony, and again for a single performance at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2000. John Sebastian and others in the jug-folk scene of the time such as Geoff Muldaur credit Fritz Richmond for suggesting the name. Heppner, Richard, and Janine Fallon-Mower. He has said that NRBQ "to a large extent, picked up where The Lovin' Spoonful left off" because of NRBQ's "wide range of musical styles that they're not only able but accurate at playing," and he expressed appreciation for NRBQ's support during a low point in his career. Blue Seas went on to record many well known artists, among them Lowell George and Little Feat, who recorded "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" there, Robert Palmer and The Seldom Scene. was used as the opening theme of Woody Allen's first feature film, What's Up, Tiger Lily; the band also composed and played instrumental music for the film and appeared in some live performance sequences in the film (reportedly added during post-production without Allen's knowledge or consent). We, of course, encouraged this … He supplied music for several more Nelvana productions, including Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise (1983), Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins (1985), The Care Bears Movie (1985), The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987), and "Care Bear Countdown", the theme song for Nelvana's Care Bears TV series. In particular, he has written and performed music for a number of children's films and TV productions. In a contract dispute with MGM Records, MGM, without authorization from Sebastian or his management, also released the John B. Sebastian album, under a different cover, and a live album, John Sebastian Live; both were later withdrawn from the market. (another #2 hit) and "Summer in the City", their only song to reach #1 on the Hot 100 (August 13–27, 1966). Sony Legacy Recordings biography entry for the Lovin' Spoonful. [25], Jerry Yester was fired from the group in 2017 after being arrested on 30 counts of child pornography. Bobby Weinstein and The Lovin' Cohens turned "Nashville Cats" into "Noshville Katz", a frequent Dr. Demento staple. ", "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice", "Darling Be Home Soon", "Jug Band Music", "Rain on the Roof", "Nashville Cats", and "Six O'Clock". Sebastian, whose final show may have been May 10, 1968, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, left the group by the end of the month to go solo.[20][15]. Since the 1980s, Sebastian has hosted several television programs about 1960s and 1970s music, including paid programs for compilation sets, a syndicated live music and interview program called Deja View,[6] and a half-hour program called The Golden Age of Rock and Roll, which featured video footage of 1960s bands performing on variety shows. The Lovin' Spoonful is a pop / rock band that was formed in New York City, New York, United States in 1965. È utilizzato soprattutto nella regione dei monti Appalachi per accompagnare la … Sebastian has stated that his musical career suffered in the early 1970s from being out of step with the trends set by emerging artists such as Alice Cooper, and that he made more money by buying and selling real estate than he did from his music. [8] Sebastian and the J-Band were featured in Chasin' Gus' Ghost (2007), a documentary about the roots and influence of jug band music. Their popularity revived interest in the form, and many subsequent jug bands cite them as an inspiration. Clockwise from below: John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone, Reunions, revivals, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (1979–present). [59] He had previously been asked by Crosby, Stills & Nash to join their group as a fourth member, but turned them down, leading to their association with Neil Young. Box set containing reissues of all five Reprise albums; bonus tracks consisting of Sebastian's entire 1969 Woodstock set and six tracks recorded live at, Re-release of the four studio Reprise albums, bundled with DVD of a previously unreleased concert recorded for the, Plays on the following traditional folk songs: "Tom Bigbee Waltz", "When First Unto This Country", "Wagoner's Lad", This page was last edited on 2 December 2020, at 02:21. Since the 1980s, Sebastian has been active in several music-related areas, not only writing and performing his own material but also performing roots music, developing soundtrack and instructional material, hosting and appearing on television programs, and writing a children's book about a harmonica-playing bear. The proposed musical included 20 songs, some of which Sebastian performed in concert, but the musical was never produced. He played harmonica with the Doors on the song "Roadhouse Blues" (from the album Morrison Hotel), under the pseudonym G. Pugliese to avoid problems with his contract[55] and to avoid association with Jim Morrison, who was then facing trial on charges of lewd behavior after the Miami concert incident. The Lovin' Spoonful is an American rock band which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. One of Sebastian's first recording gigs was playing guitar and harmonica for Billy Faier's 1964 album The Beast of Billy Faier. After leaving Reprise, Sebastian continued to occasionally release CD albums through a variety of small labels. [72] Although he performed Lovin' Spoonful songs solo and with NRBQ (who were themselves promoted in the 1980s as "the new Lovin' Spoonful"[20]), he declined to reunite with several former Spoonful members in 1991. "Zal Gets Canned From The Lovin' Spoonful", "Rock and Roll Group Appears at Susquehanna", Rock and Roll Hall of Fame entry for the Lovin' Spoonful, "The Lovin' Spoonful Kicks Out Guitarist Jerry Yester After Child Porn Arrest",, Lennon jukebox reveals Beatles' musical debts, "Biography: John Sebastian – Book John Sebastian for Corporate Events, Private Parties, Fundraisers:", "Jug band great Fritz Richmond dies at 66", "Zal Yanovsky guitarist for The Lovin' Spoonful Remembered", "flavour of new zealand - search listener", "The Lovin' Spoonful: Complete U.S. Discography", "TSORT Song Artist 607 – Lovin' Spoonful", "The Dr. Demento Show #35 – March 2, 1975". These instructional materials are distributed by Homespun Tapes, a company founded and operated by folk musician Happy Traum. [12][13] Sebastian became part of the folk and blues scene that was developing in Greenwich Village, that in part later gave rise to folk rock. In 1970, following John Sebastian's 1969 solo performance at Woodstock, Kama Sutra issued the song "Younger Generation" as a single. [66] He also played the autoharp instrumental break between the second and third verses of Randy VanWarmer's 1979 hit Just When I Needed You Most. From Allmusic biography by Richie Unterberger. [21][43][44][45] However, he has also noted that "there was a natural high there [at Woodstock]," and that "[i]n an interview it is the easy thing to say 'yeah, I was really high,' but it was actually a very small part of the event. 20 in the Billboard album charts. [6], Sebastian has released a series of instructional DVDs, CDs, downloads, booklets, and (prior to the use of digital media) analog tapes for learning to play guitar, harmonica, and autoharp, or for learning specific styles or songs. In 2001, Rhino Entertainment re-released all five of Sebastian's Reprise albums, plus the non-LP "Give Us a Break" single, on CD in a limited-edition box set entitled Faithful Virtue: The Reprise Recordings. [61][62] Other records on which Sebastian appeared include the album Stephen Stills (1970),[63] Timothy Leary's album You Can Be Anyone This Time Around (1970) (on which Sebastian jammed with Jimi Hendrix),[64][65] and Keith Moon's only solo album, Two Sides of the Moon (1975). Another soundtrack album by The Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘You’re A Big Boy Now’ (1967) (US no. On his next album, Tarzana Kid (1974), Sebastian returned to using a rotating group of well-known recording artists and session musicians, including Lowell George (who also co-wrote, with Sebastian, the album track "Face of Appalachia"), Phil Everly, Emmylou Harris, the Pointer Sisters, David Grisman, Russell DaShiell, Ry Cooder and Buddy Emmons. Sebastian was born in New York City and grew up in Italy and Greenwich Village. Try these collected by Peter Tibbles to lead into a conversation in senior living communities. Sebastian has also released various formats and packages of long-playing instructional materials for Homespun Tapes, which are not included in this table. John Benson Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonicist, and autoharpist. [21] "Never Goin' Back" was the highest-charting single of the group's post-Sebastian career, topping out at #73. Sebastian formed the Spoonful with guitarist Zal Yanovsky from a bohemian folk group playing local coffee houses and small clubs called The Mugwumps, two other members of which, Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty, later formed half of the Mamas & the Papas. Reissued in USA by Collectors' Choice COLC 722 (2006). [citation needed]. In early 1967, the band broke with their producer Erik Jacobsen, turning to Joe Wissert to produce the single "Six O'Clock", which reached #18 in the U.S. Yanovsky left the band after the soundtrack album You're a Big Boy Now was released in May 1967, primarily due to a drug bust in San Francisco, in which he was arrested for possession of marijuana and pressured by police to name his supplier. Right on the tails of the Beau Brummels and the Byrds, the Lovin' Spoonful were among the first American groups to challenge the domination of the British Invasion bands in the mid-'60s. Additionally, they wrote their own material (aside from a few covers, mostly on their first album),[5][6] including "Younger Girl" (which missed the Hot 100), which was a hit for The Critters in mid-1966. In 1976, however, a solo Sebastian scored another No. [2][3] His father, John Sebastian (né Pugliese), was a noted classical harmonica player and his mother, Jane, was a radio script writer. The band's last two Hot 100 entries, "Never Goin' Back (to Nashville)" written by John Stewart and "Me About You", were sung by Butler. Contains soundtrack from children's animated TV special, featuring songs written by Sebastian and sung by Sebastian (as "Daniel Mouse") and Laurel Runn (as "Jan Mouse"), with additional narration by Sebastian. He is best known as a founder of The Lovin' Spoonful, as well as his impromptu appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969[1] and a US No. Documentary remarks by festival organizers indicated that Sebastian was under the influence of marijuana or other psychedelic drugs[40][41] at the time, hence his spontaneity and casual, unplanned set. In order to write a review on digital sheet music you must first have purchased the item. [79], On January 12, 2014, Sebastian appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning to talk about his career with and without The Lovin' Spoonful, Eric Clapton, and the Martin guitar.[80]. According to Colin Larkin, Sebastian had written many of the songs that appeared on Tar Beach more than a decade prior to the album's release. [8][9] He graduated from Blair Academy, a private boarding school in Blairstown, New Jersey, in 1962. [51], "Nashville Cats" was played in the Ken Burns docuseries "Country Music" episode "The Sons and Daughters of America (1964–1968)" on September 22, 2019 in referring to Chet Atkins and the stock of talented guitar pickers who created the "Nashville Sound". He also wrote and sang the theme song/narration for Nelvana's TV pilot The Get Along Gang; however, none of it was kept when DIC Entertainment took over the project. Sebastian is a notable songwriter whose work has been covered by many artists, including Elvis Costello ("The Room Nobody Lives In"), Johnny Cash ("Darlin' Companion"), and Del McCoury ("Nashville Cats"). [32][33][34][35], The song "Coffee Blues" is a tribute to Maxwell House Coffee, which Hurt describes, "rapping" in the beginning of the song, as being two or three times any other brand, ergo, he only needs one spoonful to make him feel all right, what he describes as "my lovin' spoonful" in the song. At the peak of the band's success, the producers of the television series that later became The Monkees initially planned to build their series around the Lovin' Spoonful, but dropped the band from the project due to conflicts over song publishing rights. The concert benefited the Autism Think Tank. The group was now officially a trio, and drummer Butler (who had previously sung lead on a few album tracks) became the group's new lead vocalist. Up to this point Sebastian had written (or co-written) and sung every one of the Lovin' Spoonful's hits; the band now turned to outside writers for their singles, and used a variety of outside producers. They performed their hit, “Nashville Cats,” with John playing the autoharp. The song is part of a group of songs with a long history in recorded blues that generally use the term "a spoonful" to suggest sex, and in some cases use of a drug such as cocaine.