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John Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. He is best known as a founder of the Lovin' Spoonful, a band named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in Leap years). ... A songwriter is someone who writes either the lyrics or the music for songs. ... A harmonica is a free reed musical wind instrument (also known, among other things, as a mouth organ, french harp, simply harp, or Mississippi saxophone), having multiple, variably-tuned brass or bronze reeds, each secured at one end over an airway slot of like dimension into which it can freely... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the background The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential rock and...


Sebastian was born in Greenwich Village in New York City. His father, also named John Sebastian, was a noted classical harmonica player and his mother was a radio script writer. He grew up surrounded by music and musicians, including Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie and hearing such players as Leadbelly and Mississippi John Hurt in his own neighborhood. Greenwich Village is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City. ... Burl Ives, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was a successful folk singer, author and actor. ... Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (July 14, 1912 - October 3, 1967), known almost universally as Woody, was a folk singer and raconteur who wrote some of Americas best-loved songs. ... Leadbelly (January 29, 1885 - December 6, 1949) was an influential blues singer and guitarist. ... Mississippi John Smith Hurt (July 3, 1893, Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi - November 2, 1966, Grenada, Mississippi) was an influential blues singer and guitarist. ...


He came up through the Even Dozen Jug Band and the Mugwumps, which split to form the Lovin' Spoonful and the Mamas and Papas. Sebastian was joined by Zal Yanovsky in the Spoonful, which was named after a Mississippi John Hurt song. The band also featured popular drummer-vocalist Joseph Campbell Butler. The Mamas & the Papas were a leading vocal group of the 1960s, and one of the few American groups to maintain widespread success during the British Invasion, along with The Beach Boys. ... Zalman Yanovsky (1945 - December 13, 2002) was a founder with John Sebastian of the Lovin Spoonful rock band in 1964. ...


The Lovin' Spoonful became part of the American response to the British Invasion and was noted for such folk-flavored hits as "Jug Band Music", "Do You Believe in Magic," "Summer In the City," "Daydream," "Nashville Cats," "Did You Ever have to Make Up Your Mind," "Six O'Clock," and "Younger Girl." The chart-topping band were originally to perform on the television show that became The Monkees and 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. The British Invasion was an influx of rock and roll performers from the United Kingdom who became popular in the United States in 1964 ending the years immediately afterward. ... The Monkees in 1968 (left to right): Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones The Monkees were a four-person band who appeared in an American television series of the same name, which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1968. ... James Radomski (born 1932, stage name James Rado, business name James Radomicki), is an actor, writer and composer, most well known for his work writing the musical Hair, for which he won a Grammy Award. ... The original poster for the show. ...


In the 1970s, Sebastian had a hit with the theme song to the Welcome Back, Kotter television show, which found new life decades later when a sample from it became the hook for rapper Mase's 2004 hit "Welcome Back". Recently, he has played with John Sebastian and the J-Band, a jug band including Fritz Richmond from the Even Dozen Jug Band, Yank Rachell, an original jug-band leader, and Geoff Muldaur. The theme music of a radio or television program is a melody closely associated with the show, and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... Welcome Back, Kotter is an American television sitcom that originally aired on the ABC network from 1975 to 1979. ... Mase (a. ... A jug band is a band employing a jug player and other traditional and homemade instruments, such as rhythm guitar, washtub bass, washboard, jug, mandolin, and kazoo. ...


 
 

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