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The Lovin’ Spoonful: Greatness in the 60's

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The Lovin’ Spoonful was one of the most famous rock-pop bands in the 1960’s.  The band was named after some lines of “Coffee Blues”, Mississippi John Hurt’s song about Maxwell House Coffee.  In addition, most of the origin of this band comes from Mugwumps, which is a bohemian folk group that used to perform in clubs and coffee houses.  Some time later, Mugwumps split in order to form the Mamas and the Papas and the Lovin’ Spoonful.

Sebastian, a very good harmonica player who spent almost all of his childhood in contact with good music, joined Zal Yanovsky, the Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist in the band.  The bassist Steve Boone and Joseph Campbell Butler, who played the drums and was in charge of the lead vocals, joined later.

The Lovin’ Spoonful were part of the British Invasion, which was a group of British of rock and roll performers that got to be very well-famous in the United States, Canada and Australia between 1964 and 1966.  Among the hits that made them so famous, “Do You Believe in Magic”, “Daydream”, “Jug Band Music” and “You Didn’t Have to Be so Nice” are outstanding.

Due to their great artistic career and legacy, The Lovin’ Spoonful was, in the year 2000, named to the Rock and Roll of Fame.  Also, it is stunning how all their launched albums were so successful if they released 7 in only four years, among them, three discs released in a year.  These are: Do You Believe in Magic (1965), Daydream (1966), What’s Up, Tiger Lily (1966), Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful (1966), You’re a Big Boy Now (1967), Everything Playing (1968) and Revelation: Revolution ’69 (1969).

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