THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
The Lovin’ Spoonful are an American ‘60s band who were recently inducted into the prestigious Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. With both feet in the folk music scene in the Greenwich Village area of New York, in the early 60’s, the band were singer John Sebastian, drummer-vocalist Joe Butler and bassist Steve Boone.
They played to local coffee houses and small clubs and mostly wrote their own material, aside from a few covers.
After success with tracks such as: 'Do You Believe In Magic', 'You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice', 'Summer In the City' and 'Daydream' (the latter two reaching No.1 and No.2 respectively in the Billboard Hot 100), members of the band dubbed their sound 'Good Time Music'.
Integral to the soundtrack of the Summer Of Love in 1966, The Lovin’ Spoonful’s music was featured in the Woody Allen movie 'What’s Up, Tiger Lily?', while Butler appeared in the Broadway show 'Hair'.
After a drugs bust in San Fransisco, Yanosky left the band with Jerry Yester as the replacement - resulting in a poppier sound.
Sebastian went solo in 1968, this signalled the beginning of the end of the band and less than a year later, The Lovin’ Spoonful split up after releasing the album 'Revolution ‘69'.
The rest of the group reunited briefly for the Paul Simon film: 'One Trick Pony' in 1981.
In 1995, the song: 'Summer In The City' was used as the music for the opening credits of blockbuster movie Die Hard: With A Vengeance.
Yanosky died in 2002, and while Sebastian refuses to this day to re-join the band, Boone, Butler, and Yester, are still touring under the same group name (plus two additional members).
This decade they have played to 150 different cities during their comeback.
Sources: Wendy Gabriel, Michael Belfiore
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