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Encyclopedia > The Lovin' Spoonful
The Lovin' Spoonful

Background information
Origin United States
Genre(s) Pop rock
Former members
John Sebastian
Zal Yanovsky
Joseph Campbell Butler
Steve Boone

The Lovin' Spoonful was an American pop rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The band's name was inspired by some lines in a song of Mississippi John Hurt called the "Coffee Blues". The Lovin' Spoonful became part of the American response to the British Invasion. Lovin Spoonful album cover, uploaded by Gerald Zuckier. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... John Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. ... Zalman Yanovsky (December 19, 1944 - December 13, 2002) was a founder with John Sebastian of The Lovin Spoonful rock band in 1964. ... Joseph Campbell Butler was a founding member of the Loving Spoonful. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mississippi John Smith Hurt (March 8, 1892 , Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi - November 2, 1966, Grenada, Mississippi) was an influential blues singer and guitarist. ... The appearance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964, was the breakthrough moment of the burgeoning British Invasion. ...

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Career

The band had its roots in a bohemian folk group called The Mugwumps, who played coffee houses and small clubs, some members of which split to form the Lovin' Spoonful and the Mamas and the Papas. The term Bohemian was first used in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities. ... “Folk song” redirects here. ... The Mugwumps were a 1960s rock band. ... 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. ...


John Sebastian, who grew up in contact with music and musicians, was the son of a much-recorded and highly technically accomplished harmonica player. He had reached maturity toward the end of the American folk music revival that spanned from the 1950s to the early '60s. Sebastian was joined by guitarist Zal Yanovsky in the Spoonful. The band also featured popular drummer-vocalist Joseph Campbell Butler and bassist Steve Boone. John Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. ... The American folk music revival was a phenomenon in the United States in the 1950s to mid-1960s. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Zalman Yanovsky (December 19, 1944 - December 13, 2002) was a founder with John Sebastian of The Lovin Spoonful rock band in 1964. ... Joseph Campbell Butler was a founding member of the Loving Spoonful. ...


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", "You Didn't Have to be So Nice", and "Daydream". Putting an "anti-drug" spin on the traditional folk song "Blues in the Bottle", the Lovin' Spoonful endeared themselves to radio stations across the United States. Soon they were a cross-over hit, topping both rock-and-roll and country charts with "Nashville Cats". Other hits were "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind", "Six O'Clock", and "Younger Girl". Their only song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was the hard-edged "Summer in the City". The appearance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964, was the breakthrough moment of the burgeoning British Invasion. ... A song which has charted in one of the worlds music charts, or (if a specialist genre of music) had proven popularity. ... Do You Believe In Magic is the name of a song written by John Sebastian. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Summer In The City was a 1966 hit single by the Lovin Spoonful. ...


Early in their recording and airwave career, Lovin' Spoonful members termed their approach "good-time music". 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 while on tour. They credited the Lovin' Spoonful concert as a fateful experience, after which they decided to leave the folk scene and "go electric". The Grateful Dead were an American rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco, California. ...


The chart-topping band was originally selected 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 Lovin' Spoonful's music was also featured in Woody Allen's first feature film, What's Up, Tiger Lily. (Their song, "Pow!" was the opening theme song) The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... 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. ... Hair, subtitled The American Tribal Love/Rock Musical, is a musical about hippies and was a significant part of the drug, music and peace-love culture of the 1960s. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Whats Up, Tiger Lily? is the first film directed by Woody Allen. ...


Zal Yanovsky quit the band after the album You're a Big Boy Now was released in May 1967, primarily due to a famous drug bust in San Francisco, in which Yanovsky was arrested for possession of marijuana and pressured by police to name his supplier. As a Canadian citizen and fearing he would be barred from re-entering the U.S., he reluctantly complied. That act stirred anger among the group's fans and turmoil within the group itself, which led to his departure. He would later open a restaurant in Canada. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


Yanovsky's replacement was Jerry Yester, formerly of the Modern Folk Quartet. Sebastian left the group by early 1968 to go solo. Without the power of Sebastian, the Lovin' Spoonful lasted only until the end of 1968, with very little success, and split up following their album Revolution '69. There were resurgences of interest in the Lovin' Spoonful upon their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, as well as with the release of the 1995 film Die Hard: With a Vengeance which used their song, "Summer In The City", during its opening credits. Jerry Yester (b 1942 ?) is an American folk rock musician and record producer. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Die Hard: With a Vengeance, the third film in the Die Hard series starring Bruce Willis as policeman John McClane, adds Samuel L. Jackson as Zeus Carver, Willis reluctant partner. ...


A brief reunion of the original group occurred for the Paul Simon film One Trick Pony in 1980. Yanovsky died in 2002. Sebastian has stated that he no longer wishes to perform with the remaining members of the group because of personal differences. Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... One Trick Pony is a 1980 movie starring Paul Simon. ...


Discography

Main Albums

Debut album by folk rockers the Lovin Spoonful Tracklisting Do You Believe In Magic? Blues In The Bottle Sportin Life My Gal You Baby Fishin Blues Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? Wild About My Lovin Other Side Of This Life Younger Girl On The Road Again... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Daydream is the second album by the Lovin Spoonful, released in 1966. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Whats Up, Tiger Lily? (released in 1966) is an album by The Lovin Spoonful. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Hums of the Lovin Spoonful (released in 1966) is an album by The Lovin Spoonful. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Youre a Big Boy Now (released in 1967) is an album by The Lovin Spoonful. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Everything Playing (released in 1968) is an album by The Lovin Spoonful. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Live at the Hotel Seville is a live album recorded by the folk rock group, The Lovin Spoonful at the Hotel Seville. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

Compilations

  • What's Up, Tiger Lily?/You're a Big Boy Now (1966 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Best of the Lovin' Spoonful (March 1967 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • 24 Karat Hits (1968 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • John Sebastian Songbook (1969 - Buddah Label)
  • The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful (1969 - Deluxe Label)
  • The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful, Volume 2 (1969 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Greatest Hits (1970 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • More Golden Spoonful (1974)
  • Golden Hour (1975 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Daydream/What's Up Tiger Lily (double LP) (1977 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • File (1977 - Pye Label)
  • So Nice (1979 - 51 West Label)
  • The Great Years (1979 - Mode Label)
  • Pop History (197? - Polydor Label)
  • The Best in the West (1983 - Buddah Label)
  • The EP Collection (1988 - See for Miles Label)
  • Do You Believe in Magic/Everything Playing (1988 - That's Original Label)
  • Collection Lovin' Spoonful (20 Hits) (1988 - Castle Label)
  • All the Best of the Lovin' Spoonful (1988 - Pair Label)
  • Greatest Hits (1988 - Hollywood Label)
  • The Very Best of the Lovin Spoonful (1988 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • 20 Greatest Hits (1989 - Big Time Label)
  • The Lovin' Spoonful Anthology (1990 - Rhino Label)
  • Summer in the City - 19 Great Songs (1991 - Huub Label)
  • A Spoonful of Soundtracks (1991 - Repertoire Label)
  • In the Movies (1991 - Sequel Lable)
  • Believe in Magic/Everything Playing (1992 - Castle Lable)
  • The Best... Lovin' Spoonful (1994 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • The Lovin' Spoonful (1995 -Rhino Label)
  • Do You Believe in Magic/Hums (1995 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • The Very Best of the Lovin' Spoonful (1996 - Music Club Label)
  • Do You Believe in Magic & Other Hits (1997 - Rhino Flashback Label)
  • Summer in the City (1997 - Colelctables Label)
  • Greatest Hits (1998 - Delta Label)
  • The Very Best of the Lovin' Spoonful (1998 - Camden Label)
  • Best 28 (1998 - BMG / RCA Label)
  • Collector's Edition, Volume 1 (1999 - Platinum Disc Label)
  • Collector's Edition, Volume 2 (1999 - Platinum Disc Label)
  • Collector's Edition, Volume 3 (1999 - Platinum Disc Label)
  • Collector's Edition, Volume 1-3 (1999 - Platinum Disc Label)
  • Lovin' Spoonful (2000 - Platinum Disc Label)
  • French 60's EP Collection (2000 - Magic Label)
  • Greatest Hits (2000 - Buddha Label)
  • The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful (2001 - Paradiso Label)
  • Platinum & Gold Collection (2003 - Buddah Label)
  • The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful (2004 - BMG International Label)
  • Very Best of the Lovin' Spoonful (2004 - BMG International Label)
  • Lovin' You (2005 - BCI Music Label)
  • Singles A's and B's (2006 - Repertoire Label)

Singles & EP's

  • Do You Believe in Magic? (1965 -Kama Sutra Label)
  • You Didn't Have to be So Nice (1965 -Kama Sutra Label)
  • Daydeam (1966 -Kama Sutra Label)
  • Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind (1966 -Kama Sutra Label)
  • Jug Band Music (1966 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Summer in the City [EP] (1966 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Full Measure (1966 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Rain on the Roof (1966 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Day Blues (1967 - Kama Sutra Label))
  • Loving You [EP] (1967 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Nashville Cats (1967 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Darlin' be Home Soon (1967 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • She's Still a Mystery to Me (1967 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Six O'Clock (1967 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Something in the Night (1967 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Never Goin' Back (1968 - Kama Sutra Label)
  • Summer in the City (1995 - RCA Label
  • Summer in the City (2004 - Magic Label)
  • Daydream [France EP] (2004 - Kama Sutra Label)

 
 

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