[56][57] Both albums were later re-released, remastered, and repackaged into one single album, In Concert, and included Morrison's introduction of Sebastian to the stage on the "Little Red Rooster" track. The band consisted of John Sebastian (vocals, autoharp), Zal Yanovsky (guitar)… read more View full artist profile [28], John Lennon's personal jukebox was found to contain the Lovin' Spoonful record "Daydream." His first wife was Jean "Butchie" Webber (later known as Butchie Denver after she married actor Bob Denver). Lovin' Spoonful members termed their approach "good-time music". After Tarzana Kid failed to chart, Sebastian sought a release from his Reprise contract, which required him to make one more album. Genres: Folk Rock, Folk Pop, Film Soundtrack. 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Sony Legacy Recordings biography entry for the Lovin' Spoonful. From Allmusic biography by Richie Unterberger. [10] He next attended New York University for just over a year, but dropped out as he became more interested in musical pursuits. Sebastian had closed his Woodstock set with the song. [7], Sebastian grew up surrounded by music and musicians, including Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie, and hearing such players as Lead Belly and Mississippi John Hurt in his own neighborhood. In 2016 rock artist Richard Barone recorded a version of the Spoonful's "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?" Sebastian is a frequent contributor to film and TV soundtracks. [67] In turn, Sebastian helped NRBQ by using them on his own Nelvana and Disney Channel soundtrack projects during a period when litigation prevented them from recording. ", "Wild Man Blues: Woody's Great American Songbook", "The Lovin' Spoonful – What's Up, Tiger Lily?". [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. This article is about the singer/songwriter and guitarist. White. Another soundtrack album by The Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘You’re A Big Boy Now’ (1967) (US no. Both films were released in 1966. 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. [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 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). 2021 California Autoharp Gathering The Biggest Little Festival in the World She was Just Seventeen A SALUTE TO THE BEATLES Click HERE to register early… CAG SELLS OUT every year! White). He considered forming a permanent band with them, but Harris and Taylor chose to join Stephen Stills' band Manassas. Early copies of vinyl album contained "tie-dyed" liner notes. 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. 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. 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"). 1 Hot 100 hit with "Welcome Back", the theme song to the ABC sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. 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. 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. [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]. [25], Jerry Yester was fired from the group in 2017 after being arrested on 30 counts of child pornography. Music and Lyrics by John Sebastian. [73] Two later releases, I Want My Roots (Music Masters, 1996) and Chasin' Gus' Ghost (Hollywood, 2000), focused on Sebastian's work with the J-Band. John Benson Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonicist, and autoharpist. 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. (auction lot listing for script). The band had been on a mind-numbing roll, commercially and creatively, since the release of their first single "Do You Believe In Magic" in the … The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. [8] The only other 1960s act to achieve that feat is Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Early Bird: Tues, May 11th – Thurs Reissued in USA by Vivid Sound RATCD-4235 (2004), Collectors' Choice COLC 724 (2006), and Rhino Entertainment (2008). These instructional materials are distributed by Homespun Tapes, a company founded and operated by folk musician Happy Traum. Dec 29, 2016 - Explore 60s/70s Life<3's board "The Lovin' Spoonful" on Pinterest. 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. 160), accompanies the work of another film-maker who goes … 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 Lovin' Spoonful An American pop rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. [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. "[16] Although Yanovsky went on to release a solo single and album, his musical career was severely harmed. [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]. 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 During the 1960s and 1970s, Sebastian guested on a number of recordings by other artists. [17] He later left the music business and opened a restaurant, Chez Piggy, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. "Lot 36090, (E. B. (another #2 hit) and "Summer in the City", their only song to reach #1 on the Hot 100 (August 13–27, 1966). 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. Vocals, Guitar, Autoharp, Harmonica – John Sebastian ノート Released with a special ''Lovin' Spoonful'' inner sleeve. He cited the band "integrating lots of different elements – blues, country and folk music and a bit of rock. [48][49], For his third Reprise album, The Four of Us (1971), Sebastian used a core backing band consisting of keyboardist Paul Harris, drummer Dallas Taylor and bassist Kenny Altman. The Lovin' Spoonfulis an American rockband which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. [50] In 1972, Sebastian also released a non-LP single, "Give Us a Break" b/w "Music for People Who Don't Speak English", which did not chart. 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. [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. Stories We Could Tell, the title of a novel by British writer Tony Parsons, comes from the Sebastian song of the same name. [60] In 1977 he recorded as part of Artie and Happy Traum's Woodstock Mountain Revue (a.k.a. Adaptation by John Sebastian." [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 1991, after a long-awaited settlement with their record company, Butler and Boone decided to start up the Lovin' Spoonful again with Jerry Yester. Interviewed about the find, John Sebastian revealed he had been given a Beatles rehearsal tape that contained Lennon singing "Daydream. [22][23][24][25][26] In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Sebastian himself wrote a stage musical adaptation of E.B. Clockwise from below: John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone, Reunions, revivals, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (1979–present). [36] The term "lovin' spoonful" has been conjectured as referring to the amount of ejaculate released by a human male during a typical orgasm. [21] "Never Goin' Back" was the highest-charting single of the group's post-Sebastian career, topping out at #73. [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. [43] Materials offered with Sebastian as instructor have included An Easy Guide to Tuning Your Guitar, John Sebastian Teaches Eight Lovin' Spoonful Hits (and "Welcome Back"), John Sebastian Teaches Blues Harmonica, Learn to Play Autoharp, and The Fingerpicking Blues of Mississippi John Hurt: A Spoonful of Classic Songs.[78]. The band worked with producer Erik Jacobsen to release their first single on July 20, 1965, "Do You Believe in Magic", written by Sebastian. Frickle, David, "The Doors – Morrison Hotel" Remastered Liner Notes, 2006, p.7. 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. 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 was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. Songwriter Hall of Fame John Sebastian biography. 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. 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.
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