John Sebastian: Wild About My Lovin’

17 Mar

Lovin' Spoonful

The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful

Birthday greetings to The Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, who celebrates No. 67 today.

Sebastian stopped making magic with The Spoonful  in 1968 and the band disbanded shortly thereafter. But they had seven top-10 hits in a two-year period from 1965-66; fortunately most of them can be heard on any oldies station, where they’re as popular as ever.

Sebastian, the son of a professional musician, was the group’s primary songwriter; it formed in the Greenwich Village scene that was home to Sebastian.

The group’s names comes from Mississippi John Hurt’s Coffee Blues:

Well please ma’am just a lovin’ spoon
just a lovin’ spoonful
I declare I got to have my lovin’ spoonful

In 2000, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

John Sebastian, from “We were grateful to the Beatles for reminding us our rock & roll roots, but we wanted to cut out the English middlemen, so to speak, and get down to making this new music as an ‘American’ band.”


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