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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2011, 01:42:59 AM »

This song was big in the summer of 1966...

Summer In The City...

The Lovin Spoonful - Summer In The City
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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2011, 01:48:11 AM »

yeah i really do like that song
watched that woodstock clip a whole bunch of times since you posted
he misses part of the first chorus which kind of makes the song better to me....
the time signature or meter of the song is really unusual and that missed lyric adds to the uniqueness
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if i'm to believe youtube comments, john sebastion was a last minute decision to peform that day and kind of unpracticed
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as i said - the live slade version is my second favorite so far - definitely worth watching! i'd never known any slade till now. really good stuff
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as far as that lovin /darlinbehomesoon clip...it may be from ed sullivan
alot of people were utube commenting on the guitarist zal who gets a little annoying with his ham-iash antics goofing around mouthing the words etc
kind of wacky folk/hippie-ish freak like behavior youd expect....
arguabley detracts from the clip , ,
some people commented that he intentionally was protesting the soft direction the group was going in ... away from the jug bands roots
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went on to read that zal got busted for pot and turned in his supplier to avoid getting deported to canada
after he became a snitch everyone in the music business shunned him and appartently it played a major role in the lovin spoonful's dissolution

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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2011, 01:49:57 AM »

Summer In The City was #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 that summer.

They had a #2 hit a few months before with Daydream...

Lovin' Spoonful - Daydream (The video's owner prevents external embedding)

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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2011, 01:56:36 AM »

i had them pigeonholed in as a folk rock onetrick pony...
but in truth they really hit on many different sounds
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do you believe in magic DOES have a motown groove
summer in the city could pass for blood sweat and tears!
daydream sounds like the turtles or munjo jerry
and darlin be home soon could pass for the association!
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« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2011, 01:57:24 AM »

A half-million people can be a bit distracting, I guess.  But yes, that's what made his solo performance at Woodstock memorable.

That was Zal, always the clown.

Zal Yanovsky - Canadian Music Hall of Fame


John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky - Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?
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« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2011, 02:11:46 AM »

i had them pigeonholed in as a folk rock onetrick pony...
but in truth they really hit on many different sounds
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do you believe in magic DOES have a motown groove
summer in the city could pass for blood sweat and tears!
daydream sounds like the turtles or munjo jerry
and darlin be home soon could pass for the association!

Yes, The Lovin' Spoonful was folk, folk-rock, jug band, and Country & Western.  John Sebastian described their styles as "good-time music."
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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2011, 02:21:53 AM »

You Didn't Have To Be So Nice was my favorite.  When I saw John Sebastian playing the autoharp on that one, I knew I had to get me one of those.

I mean what other group featured an autoharp player?  It was neat how he rested his head against the instrument and swayed as he strummed the bridge.

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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2011, 02:26:57 AM »

It's an easy instrument to learn.  There were even instructional videos with John Sebastian put out by Homespun Tapes...



...and today they're on DVD.
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« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2011, 02:27:42 AM »

so not even facing time... just facing deportation... to canada
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let me get this straight -
this is mr. antiestablishment folk counterculture hippie
son of a radical left wing political cartoonist in canada
went to live on a kibbutz in israel
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and u step in one small puddle and turn into a snitch
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sorry HG - he may play guitar good or yuck it up onstage
but plenty of people have no respect for a move like that
and in fact this canadian man was run out of the the music business in shame
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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2011, 02:28:47 AM »

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rock out with that autoharp HelloGoodbye!  ;yes ;D
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« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2011, 02:36:25 AM »

Unfortunately, that's how he'll be remembered, nyfan.  He was already ill when he was honored in that clip.  You can see that all that silliness was gone.  It was a poignant moment.
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« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2011, 02:40:27 AM »

ha2ha
rock out with that autoharp HelloGoodbye!  ;yes ;D

Right!  All I can play on it is You Didn't Have To Be So Nice, Do You Believe In Magic, Nashville Cats and Three Blind Mice.   ha2ha
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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2011, 02:44:44 AM »

Oh wait!  I can play Daydream on it too.   ;D
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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2011, 02:59:34 AM »



Oscar Schmidt OS100

One groovy axe!   ;D
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« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2011, 04:38:55 AM »

...and today they're on DVD.


Learn to Play Autoharp by John Sebastian


He kind of looks like an accountant there.
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« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2011, 05:54:05 AM »

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rock out with that autoharp HelloGoodbye!  ;yes ;D


You can easily do that with an autoharp.  I don't know what the problem was with these Hullabaloo dancers...

Lovin Spoonful - Do You Believe In Magic




...but these Hollywood a Go Go dancers knew how to get it on...

Lovin' Spoonful - Do You Believe In Magic
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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2011, 06:48:34 AM »

Younger Girl didn't make the Hot 100 in 1965

Younger Girl - Lovin' Spoonful


Maybe it was the autoharp.   ;D



But The Critters had a hit with it in 1966...

Younger Girl - Critters


...go figure!
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« Reply #37 on: April 02, 2011, 06:52:16 AM »

Oh yeah, just remembered, I can play Younger Girl on the autoharp too.  I gotta dust that thing off.  My repertoire is bigger than I thought.

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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #38 on: April 02, 2011, 07:07:35 AM »

A sad song from 1966...

Didn't Want To Have To Do It- The Lovin Spoonful- 1966




Cass Elliot recorded it too...

Cass Elliot & The Lovin Spoonfull - Didn't want to have to do it (The video's owner prevents external embedding)

I think it was one of the first songs John Sebastian wrote.
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Re: The Lovin' Spoonful
« Reply #39 on: April 02, 2011, 04:53:07 PM »

i had them pigeonholed in as a folk rock onetrick pony...

didnt know it when i wrote that... but apparently the original line up of lovin spoonful reunited for the 1980 Paul Simon movie One Trick Pony. lol
couldn't find a clip though
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also, did you know that john sebastian played harmonica on roadhouse blues by the doors?
also, did you know that his godmother is ethyl from the i love lucy show? (vivian vance)
he's from right here in greenwich village and
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and he wrote and sang this too ! the horns are awesome
Care Bears Family Opening Credits (The video's owner prevents external embedding)
wikipedia is a great/awful thing  :-\ ha2ha
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