9 August 2011
Just saw John Sebastian singer and composer of the Lovin’ Spoonful songs. I had no idea he was such an excellent guitar and harmonica player.
Lovin’ Spoonful were my first concert. I think I was twelve. My parents let me go ‘coz it was in the afternoon.
Even though they’re mentioned throughout this Forum, I don’t see a thread on them.
For those of you who don’t know….
“Daydream” their first #1 song
“Rain on the Roof” and (#1 hit) “Summer in the City”
“Darlin’ Be Home Soon”
John Sebastian (without the Spoonful) played a few songs at Woodstock
22 September 2014
Great to see Darlin’ Be Home Soon in your array, @Into the Sky with Diamonds. I have always loved that little tune. I guess I’m a sucker for the full orchestration. A few years ago, I was cruising on Lake Michigan in a sailboat and stopped at South Haven for the night. There was a free concert that night right next to the municipal marina featuring…The Lovin’ Spoonful! Well, alright, I don’t think any of the original Spoonfuls were still with the touring band, certainly not Sebastian, but this group (probably born of a litigation settlement) at least did its best to run through all the hits.
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9 August 2011
@georgiewood Glad to find another Spoonful aficionado!
Interestingly, while I was watching John Sebastian, a friend of mine was seeing the Lovin’ Spoonful at another venue. Remarkably, when Sebastian left the Spoonful in ’68 or so he let the band carry on with the name – even though in many ways HE was the Spoonful. Very generous… These days you have mega-lawsuits over who gets to keep the name.
So the current line up includes the original bass payer (Steve Boone) and drummer (Joe Butler) + Jerry Yersky who replaced Zal Yanovsky on guitar around ’67.
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29 August 2013