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. by The Lovin' Spoonful 9,524 views, added to favorites 446 times Difficulty: intermediate Author Pencom [a] 30,254. He was a Canadian citizen and feared that he would be barred from re-entering the U.S., so he complied. The Lovin' Spoonful is an American rock band which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. The band worked with producer Erik Jacobsen to release their first single on July 20, 1965, "Do You Believe in Magic", written by Sebastian. [10] He next attended New York University for just over a year, but dropped out as he became more interested in musical pursuits. Reissued in USA by Collectors' Choice COLC 721 (2006). 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 Lovin' Spoonful An American pop rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The original four members of the Lovin' Spoonful were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 6, 2000. White. 1 hit in 1976, "Welcome Back". Genres: Pop Rock, Folk Rock, Sunshine Pop. 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]. White's Charlotte's Web in consultation with his godfather Garth Williams, who illustrated White's original book. The proposed musical included 20 songs, some of which Sebastian performed in concert, but the musical was never produced. The band consisted of John Sebastian (vocals, autoharp), Zal Yanovsky (guitar), Steve Boone (bass) and Joseph Campbell Butler (drums). [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. John Sebastian. 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. Yanovsky's replacement was Jerry Yester, formerly of the Modern Folk Quartet. ‘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". 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. [8], Sebastian has been married three times. The Lovin' Spoonful's song "Pow!" [36] The term "lovin' spoonful" has been conjectured as referring to the amount of ejaculate released by a human male during a typical orgasm. [46][47], In January 1970, Sebastian released the first in a series of solo LPs on Reprise Records (a label owned by Warner Bros. Records), his eponymous solo debut, John B. Sebastian, on which he was accompanied by various Los Angeles musicians including Crosby, Stills & Nash. [8] Sebastian and the J-Band were featured in Chasin' Gus' Ghost (2007), a documentary about the roots and influence of jug band music. 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. When asked about his band, leader John Sebastian said it sounded like a combination of "Mississippi John Hurt and Chuck Berry," prompting his friend, Fritz Richmond, to suggest the name "Lovin' Spoonful… 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. John B. Sebastian, the son of classical harmonicist John Sebastian, grew up in the Village in contact with music and musicians, including some of those involved with the American folk music revival of the 1950s through the early 1960s. The restaurant is now owned and run by his daughter. [8] The only other 1960s act to achieve that feat is Gary Lewis & the Playboys. White). [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. Sebastian has continued to tour and play live, both solo and with a variety of backing bands. [83] According to Steve Boone, Butchie was an early supporter and friend of The Lovin' Spoonful who secretly married Sebastian in the early 1960s to reduce his chances of being drafted for service in the Vietnam War. He played autoharp on "Saturday Clothes", electric guitar on "Baby It's Allright", and harmonica on "The Pony Man". 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. This didn't sit well with the John Benson Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonicist, and autoharpist. Withdrawn from market in 1970. It was Sebastian's highest-charting solo album, reaching No. 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. "[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. 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. 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 1970, following John Sebastian's 1969 solo performance at Woodstock, Kama Sutra issued the song "Younger Generation" as a single. In 1967 alone, The Lovin’ Spoonful made three historic appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. 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. From the Lovin Spoonful to a soul career, John Sebastian has shared a variety of music. 1 Hot 100 hit with "Welcome Back", the theme song to the ABC sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. [50] Jazz saxophonist Bud Shank released an album of jazz covers of Lovin' Spoonful songs A Spoonful of Jazz in 1967. The Lovin' Spoonful is a pop/rock band that was formed in New York City, New York, United States in 1965. Music and Lyrics by John Sebastian. The band's song, "Butchie's Tune," is featured in the penultimate episode of the series' fifth season. 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 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). [68] Sebastian has used NRBQ as his own backing band,[20] appeared regularly at their concerts,[69][70] and recorded frequently with the band members,[71] and NRBQ founding member Terry Adams refers to Sebastian as an "honorary member" of the band. Later that year, the #10 hit "Rain on the Roof" and the #8 hit "Nashville Cats" (which went on to become a staple in the concerts of bluegrass legend Del McCoury) completed the group's first seven consecutive Hot 100 hits to reach that chart's top 10. John Sebastian and others in the jug-folk scene of the time such as Geoff Muldaur credit Fritz Richmond for suggesting the name. One of Sebastian's first recording gigs was playing guitar and harmonica for Billy Faier's 1964 album The Beast of Billy Faier. With commercial success waning, the Lovin' Spoonful lasted only until early 1969. [citation needed]. 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. Charlotte's Web, (Musical) Based on the Book by E. B. Genres: Folk Rock, Folk Pop, Film Soundtrack. About The Lovin' Spoonful For a New York band, The Lovin' Spoonful sure sounded like a California act. Mike Arturi replaced John Marrella on drums in March 1997 and Phil Smith joined on guitar in 2000 replacing Lena Yester. [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]. L'autoharp è uno strumento musicale a corde pizzicate, appartenente alla famiglia dei cordofoni. Woodstock Mountains) folk collaboration for the album More Music From Mud Acres. Facing deportation, he revealed the name of his dealer to police, which caused a fan backlash and added to the internal tension already created by the band members' diverging interests. [15][16] The incident resulted in a public backlash from the counterculture against the band, with a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Free Press (according to music critic Ralph Gleason) "urging people not to buy Spoonful records and not to attend their concerts and, to the girls, not to ball them. [21][53] His later albums have been released primarily on independent record labels. Vocals, Guitar, Autoharp, Harmonica – John Sebastian ノート Released with a special ''Lovin' Spoonful'' inner sleeve. John Benson Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonicist, and autoharpist. 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 … 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. On this recording, Murray Weinstock (a current member of the Lovin' Spoonful) is playing piano.[23]. [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. 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. The Lovin' Spoonful is a pop / rock band that was formed in New York City, New York, United States in 1965. Sony Legacy Recordings biography entry for the Lovin' Spoonful. In the film Sebastian humorously explains (with musical accompaniment) how his song, "Younger Girl", was inspired by Gus Cannon's "Prison Wall Blues.". 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. Recorded live at four California shows. [28], John Lennon's personal jukebox was found to contain the Lovin' Spoonful record "Daydream." Yanovsky died in 2002. As an original member of The Lovin' Spoonful, Sebastian was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. 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. Sebastian is credited with playing harmonica on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's song "Déjà Vu" from the album of the same name. (auction lot listing for script). 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. In order to write a review on digital sheet music you must first have purchased the item. Yanovsky subsequently left the band and was replaced by Jerry Yester, after which the band's musical style veered away from its previous eclectic blend and became more pop-oriented. Tar Beach in particular contained eleven previously unreleased songs written or co-written by Sebastian; four songs were composed by the team of Sebastian and songwriter Phil Galdston,[76] with whom Sebastian also collaborated on the score for the Sig Shore-directed feature film The Act (1984). 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). [8][9] He graduated from Blair Academy, a private boarding school in Blairstown, New Jersey, in 1962. Reissued in USA by Collectors' Choice COLC 722 (2006). You just don't see much autoharp in rock music. 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). 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. [27][28][29], In August 1969, Sebastian made an unscheduled appearance at Woodstock. Lovin' Spoonful members termed their approach "good-time music". Dec 29, 2016 - Explore 60s/70s Life<3's board "The Lovin' Spoonful" on Pinterest. The band consisted of John Sebastian (vocals, autoharp), Zal Yanovsky (guitar)… read more View full artist profile Featured peformers: John Sebastian (lead vocals, guitar, autoharp, harmonica), Zalman Yanovsky (lead … Around this time, perhaps coincidentally, the band's sound became more pop-oriented. 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. 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. [6] Eleanor Roosevelt was a neighbor who lived across the hall. These instructional materials are distributed by Homespun Tapes, a company founded and operated by folk musician Happy Traum. 20 in the Billboard album charts. But I do like the Lovin' Spoonful. 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. Another soundtrack album by The Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘You’re A Big Boy Now’ (1967) (US no. 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. When the album failed to chart Boone bought a sailboat and lived aboard for the next 4 years in the Caribbean. 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. 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]. 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. [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. Bob Dylan invited him to play bass on his Bringing It All Back Home sessions (though Sebastian's parts probably did not appear on the album)[16] and to join Dylan's new electric touring band, but Sebastian declined in order to concentrate on his own project, The Lovin' Spoonful. [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]. Early copies of vinyl album contained "tie-dyed" liner notes. Clockwise from below: John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone, Reunions, revivals, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (1979–present). (guitar), Steve Boone (bass) and Joseph Campbell Butler (drums). They performed their hit, “Nashville Cats,” with John playing the autoharp. Yanovsky left the band in … [60] In 1977 he recorded as part of Artie and Happy Traum's Woodstock Mountain Revue (a.k.a. The Lovin' Spoonfulis an American rockband which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. 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. In 2016 rock artist Richard Barone recorded a version of the Spoonful's "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?" 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. [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.
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