Seems to me we had a "janusjones" stop by a while back, he was building a solid-body, 12 pickup, 36 string autoharp , using bass strings and a 40" length. Frickle, David, "The Doors – Morrison Hotel" Remastered Liner Notes, 2006, p.7. [36] The term "lovin' spoonful" has been conjectured as referring to the amount of ejaculate released by a human male during a typical orgasm. In 1993, Sebastian authored a children's book, JB's Harmonica, illustrated by his godfather Garth Williams, about a young bear whose musical aspirations are overshadowed by the talents of his famous musician father. [5][7] Other hits included "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" Nonostante il nome non si tratta di un'arpa ma piuttosto di una variante dello Zither austriaco ed è quindi da considerare più affine al salterio e al dulcimer . He also hosted a Lovin' Spoonful retrospective broadcast on PBS in March 2007, talking about various Spoonful numbers in between vintage video clips of the band up to the time he left. Another soundtrack album by The Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘You’re A Big Boy Now’ (1967) (US no. [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. [37][38][39][40][41][42][43], In the AMC television series Mad Men, which is set in the 1960s, the characters Sally Draper and Glen Bishop are fans of the band. 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. [39][81] His tie-dyed yellow patterned denim jacket, which he dyed himself and wore at Woodstock, has been prominently displayed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[82]. In the liner notes of "Do You Believe in Magic," Zal Yanovsky said that he "became a convert to Reddy Kilowatt because it's loud, and people dance to it, and it's loud." The Lovin' Spoonfulis an American rockband which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. Yanovsky died in 2002. They credited the Lovin' Spoonful concert as a fateful experience, after which they decided to leave the folk scene and "go electric". Charlotte's Web, (Musical) Based on the Book by E. B. [28], John Lennon's personal jukebox was found to contain the Lovin' Spoonful record "Daydream." Randy Chance was sacked in June 1993 and was not replaced. featuring John Sebastian on harmonica and autoharp, and making a vocal cameo appearance. The Lovin' Spoonful is an American rock band which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. Reissued in USA by Vivid Sound RATCD-4235 (2004), Collectors' Choice COLC 724 (2006), and Rhino Entertainment (2008). [2], Drummer Jan Carl and bassist Steve Boone rounded out the group, but Carl was replaced by drummer-vocalist Joe Butler after the group's first gig at The Night Owl in Greenwich Village. 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. He had a long association with the eclectic rock band NRBQ, dating back to the early 1980s, when he played on NRBQ's album Grooves in Orbit (1983). Between mid-1965 and the end of 1967, the group was astonishingly successful, issuing one classic hit single after another, including "Do … 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. For his father, the classical harmonica player and composer, see, Sebastian performing in concert in East Lansing, Michigan, August 1970, Original U.S. albums and selected reissues and compilations, Contributions to "various artists" albums. [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. 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. [15] He also played on Fred Neil's album Bleecker & MacDougal and Tom Rush's self-titled album in 1965. (another #2 hit) and "Summer in the City", their only song to reach #1 on the Hot 100 (August 13–27, 1966). This table lists songs written or performed by Sebastian that were originally released on — and in many cases, are only available on — compilations or collaborations of various artists, including but not limited to soundtrack albums. [17], Sebastian was joined by Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone, and Joe Butler in the Spoonful, which was named after "The Coffee Blues," a Mississippi John Hurt song. Rated #760 in the best albums of 1966. Yanovsky's replacement was Jerry Yester, formerly of the Modern Folk Quartet. by The Lovin' Spoonful 9,524 views, added to favorites 446 times Difficulty: intermediate Author Pencom [a] 30,254. [5] His godfather and first babysitter was children's book illustrator Garth Williams, a friend of his father. The box set also included live recordings of Sebastian's entire Woodstock performance and six previously unreleased songs recorded in mono from a performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on October 4, 1969. 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. During the 1960s and 1970s, Sebastian guested on a number of recordings by other artists. In March 1992 drummer John Marrella was added to the band to allow Joe Butler to concentrate on vocals. The original group (Sebastian, Yanovsky, Butler and Boone) reunited briefly in the fall of 1979 for a show at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills for an appearance in the Paul Simon film One Trick Pony, which was released in October 1980. 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. The band worked with producer Erik Jacobsen to release their first single on July 20, 1965, "Do You Believe in Magic", written by Sebastian. "Lot 36090, (E. B. Butler had previously played with Boone in a group called The Kingsmen (not the hit group of "Louie Louie" fame). Classic Bands website Lovin' Spoonful entry, "Entertainment Urban Legends Revealed: Were the Lovin' Spoonful the Original Choice for the TV Series That Became the Monkees? In order to write a review on digital sheet music you must first have purchased the item. [74][75] The film screened in August 2007 at the San Francisco Jug Band Festival (where Sebastian performed with other musicians featured in the film, including Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Jim Kweskin and David Grisman) and made its film festival debut in October 2007 at the Woodstock Film Festival. Try these collected by Peter Tibbles to lead into a conversation in senior living communities. 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." Both films were released in 1966. Through his father's connections, he met and was influenced by blues musicians Sonny Terry and Lightnin' Hopkins (for whom Sebastian served as "unofficial tour guide and valet" when Hopkins was in New York City). Clockwise from below: John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone, Reunions, revivals, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (1979–present). On this recording, Murray Weinstock (a current member of the Lovin' Spoonful) is playing piano.[23]. We, of course, encouraged this … 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. Songwriter Hall of Fame John Sebastian biography. [4][21][85][86], Since the early 1990s, Sebastian has struggled with throat problems that eventually affected and changed his singing voice, but he has continued to perform and tour.[73][87]. 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". [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. He wrote and performed the theme song of the KNBC syndicated children's program That's Cat (1976–1979), and hosted a 1986 Disney Channel family special entitled What a Day for a Daydream.[77]. KLP-8053; Vinyl LP). 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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). "[31], The band's name was inspired by some lines in a song of Mississippi John Hurt called the "Coffee Blues". Interviewed about the find, John Sebastian revealed he had been given a Beatles rehearsal tape that contained Lennon singing "Daydream. Reissued in USA by Collectors' Choice COLC 722 (2006). Among the topics: how happy it’s made him later in life to hear about the Spoonful’s influence on the Beatles and Eric Clapton, last year’s Woodstock 50 debacle, and why we will never see a Lovin’ Spoonful reunion tour. [26], The current group, still led by Butler and Boone, continues to perform with Phil Smith (guitar & vocals), Mike Arturi (drums) and Murray Weinstock (piano & vocals). The Lovin' Spoonful were torn asunder by a drug bust in 1967. Next they played “Darlin’ Be Home Soon” with John playing … In particular, he has written and performed music for a number of children's films and TV productions. "[16] Although Yanovsky went on to release a solo single and album, his musical career was severely harmed. [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". Studio album consisting of previously unreleased original tracks by Sebastian. In 2016 rock artist Richard Barone recorded a version of the Spoonful's "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?" Sebastian and Yanovsky declined to participate. [citation needed]. After Tarzana Kid failed to chart, Sebastian sought a release from his Reprise contract, which required him to make one more album. 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"). In 1976, however, a solo Sebastian scored another No. The couple divorced in 1966. È utilizzato soprattutto nella regione dei monti Appalachi per accompagnare la … [21][53] His later albums have been released primarily on independent record labels. [4] Despite the "monster hit" status of the song "Welcome Back", Sebastian expressed frustration that Reprise did not do more to promote the associated album, his last for Reprise. Withdrawn from market in 1970. 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[14] In addition, the Michelangelo Antonioni film Blow-up, also released that year, contained an instrumental version of the Spoonful song, "Butchie's Tune", performed by jazz musician Herbie Hancock. ‘Good Day Sunshine’ was me trying to write something similar to ‘Daydream.’"[30], Dave Davies of the Kinks has stated he and brother Ray Davies listened to the Lovin' Spoonful "above and beyond the Beatles". John Benson Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonicist, and autoharpist. 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. [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]. One of Sebastian's first recording gigs was playing guitar and harmonica for Billy Faier's 1964 album The Beast of Billy Faier. He played in the Even Dozen Jug Band and in The Mugwumps, which split to form the Lovin' Spoonful and the Mamas & the Papas. The Lovin' Spoonful was one of the most successful pop/rock groups to have jug band and folk roots, and nearly half the songs on their first album were modernized versions of blues standards. Sebastian is a frequent contributor to film and TV soundtracks. [50] Jazz saxophonist Bud Shank released an album of jazz covers of Lovin' Spoonful songs A Spoonful of Jazz in 1967. The Lovin' Spoonful discography and songs: Music profile for The Lovin' Spoonful, formed January 1965. Reissued in USA by Collectors' Choice COLC 720 (2006). [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. ", "Wild Man Blues: Woody's Great American Songbook", "The Lovin' Spoonful – What's Up, Tiger Lily?". In 1970, following John Sebastian's 1969 solo performance at Woodstock, Kama Sutra issued the song "Younger Generation" as a single. [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. The Lovin' Spoonful is a pop / rock band that was formed in New York City, New York, United States in 1965. The Lovin' Spoonful was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Sebastian is credited with playing three instruments on the 1970 Gordon Lightfoot album, Sit Down Young Stranger (Reprise RS 6392). The new line-up of the Lovin' Spoonful recorded two moderately successful Wissert-produced singles ("She Is Still a Mystery" and "Money"), as well as the 11-cut Everything Playing, issued in December 1967. Recorded live at four California shows. John Sebastian biography at www.johnbsebastian.com, "Talk About a Steady Job— Miss Ellen Has Toiled at Blair Academy For 69 Years,", "John Sebastian: Finding His Roots" (interview with John Sebastian), "John Sebastian & Lightnin' Hopkins: The Odd Couple,", "Fred Neil: The Other Side of 60s Greenwich Village Folk Scene,". [18], Yanovsky, Sebastian and Boone all independently concurred in interviews that Yanovsky's sacking was due to Yanovsky's open disenchantment with the band's direction and Sebastian's songwriting. [22] The single version was taken from the two-year-old Everything Playing album and credited to "The Lovin' Spoonful featuring John Sebastian"; it failed to chart. "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 160), accompanies the work of another film-maker who goes … "[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. Featured peformers: John Sebastian (lead vocals, guitar, autoharp, harmonica), Zalman Yanovsky (lead … [6] Eleanor Roosevelt was a neighbor who lived across the hall. From the Lovin Spoonful to a soul career, John Sebastian has shared a variety of music. About The Lovin' Spoonful For a New York band, The Lovin' Spoonful sure sounded like a California act. The Lovin' Spoonful An American pop rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. [18] Sebastian has stated that he no longer wishes to perform with the remaining members of the group because he wanted to move on when he left the group. 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. [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. Sebastian was born in New York City and grew up in Italy and Greenwich Village. [1] The formation of the Lovin' Spoonful during this period was later described in the lyrics of the Mamas & the Papas' name dropping 1967 top ten hit, "Creeque Alley". It was Sebastian's highest-charting solo album, reaching No. 1 hit in 1976, "Welcome Back". 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. 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 band consisted of John Sebastian (vocals, autoharp), Zal Yanovsky (guitar), Steve Boone (bass) and Joseph Campbell Butler (drums). 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.