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Lovin' Spoonful, The

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The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian (1998)

Interview by Paul Zollo, Rock's Backpages Audio, 16 March 1998

The Spoonful front-man on his music-packed upbringing in Greenwich Village; starting out playing guitar; becoming a songwriter, and talks about some of his bigger hits.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.7mb, interview length: 46' 39" sound quality: *****

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The Lovin' Spoonful: Spoonfuls Get Taste of Life… If You Believe In Magic

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, 28 August 1965

IT IS REALLY rather hard to believe. Things like this just don't happen – do they? The four unusual boys who perform collectively as the ...

Sonny & Cher, Beau Brummels, The Byrds, Glen Campbell et al: Cow Palace, Daly City CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 4 October 1965

Rock-and-Roll Party Bedlam ...

Sergio Mendes' Brasil '65: El Matador; The Lovin' Spoonful: hungry I, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 19 October 1965

Some Bright New Music ...

On Records: The Folk-Rock Rage

Review by Robert Shelton, The New York Times, 30 January 1966

FOLK-ROCK, which mixes the simplicity of folk music with the frenetic rhythmic heat of the electrically amplified sound of rock 'n' roll, caused one of ...

Spoonful of Lovin' Words

Interview by Eden, KRLA Beat, 15 February 1966

IT ISN'T everyday that one meets John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful and has the opportunity to sit and talk with him. The BEAT had that opportunity ...

A Symposium: Is Folk Rock Really 'White Rock'?

Letter by Robert Shelton, The New York Times, 20 February 1966


The New Thing and the Blue Thing: An Interview with Keith Richards and John Sebastian

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1966

BY NOW, EVERYONE must be aware that records just don't sound like they did 10 years ago — 3 years ago in fact. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Nice, Abnormal Spoonful!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 22 April 1966

JOHN SEBASTIAN, twenty-one-year-old composer and singer of the Lovin' Spoonful's latest hit 'Daydream', which is currently No. 4 in America, arrived at the group's Pye ...

Dusty Springfield, the Lovin' Spoonful: Ready, Steady, Go!

Film/DVD/TV Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 23 April 1966

…and wasn't Dusty a gas on RSG? ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Spoonful — The Most On The Coast...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 23 April 1966

TEAM O' genuine hillbillies flew into London last week and if the Lovin' Spoonful didn't actually tote 12-bore shot guns, they looked as if they'd ...

Knocking Down a Myth

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 30 April 1966

QUESTION Will Folk Rock be the next big influence on the pop world? ...

Lovin' Spoonful: Simply Wild

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 1966

WHAT ARE John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone? A barbershop quartet? Not with their long hair. They're The Lovin' Spoonful, who are ...

Why Does Everybody Love Loving the Lovin' Spoonful?

Profile and Interview by Dawn James, Rave, July 1966

To look at, they're a beautiful, ghastly mixture of beatnik, old lady and hillbilly, and they wear plimsolls without socks. What is it about the ...

The Beach Boys, Lovin' Spoonful, Percy Sledge, The Byrds, Chad & Jeremy: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 1 July 1966


Secrets of Spoonful Hit Sound: 'Music is on its way UP!'

Profile by Derek Taylor, Disc and Music Echo, 23 July 1966

DEREK TAYLOR reporting: Hollywood, Tuesday ...

"All Folk Music Now" at Newport

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 30 July 1966

THIS YEAR'S Newport Folk Festival was more like a blues show or a pop show, with traditional folk music supported by a very small hard ...

Newport Festival: Teenage Takeover In Millionaires' Playground

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 31 July 1966

Once again rebellious young rock 'n' rollers have turned exclusive Newport into a riot city of jazz and festival From LILLIAN ROXON, who visited Newport, U.S., ...

Flashback For Lovin' Spoonful — To Days When They Were Just Kids

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 26 August 1966

Special from ANN MOSES in Hollywood ...

Summertime Songs on the Heat Parade

Review by Pete Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 28 August 1966

THIS SUMMER may rank along with most Christmases for the number of seasonal records it has produced — every radio station's hit list is loaded ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: A Taste Of The Spoonful

Report by Henry Diltz, Hullabaloo, December 1966

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL day to be flying somewhere. Just above a floating sea of white clouds the silver wing sticks out into vast baby blue ...

DISCussion: singles from Gene Clark, Buffalo Springfield and more

Review by Eden, KRLA Beat, 31 December 1966

ONE OF the prettiest records to date from Cher is her newest, 'Mama'. This one is another Sonny Bono composition, and it really is a ...

The Little Teenie Spoonfuls!

Interview by Ann Moses, Hit Parader, January 1967


Loraine Alterman on Records

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 1 January 1967

Face to Face With the Kinks' Pop Satire ...

How Did Spoonful Become Left Out?

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, 28 January 1967

THE LOVIN' Spoonful have taken over a large segment of pop music but except for their fans, hardly anyone was aware of the coup. 'Winchester ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful (Kama Sutra)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 28 January 1967

Country blues from the Lovin' Spoonful ...

The Little Teenie Spoonfuls! #2

Interview by Ann Moses, Hit Parader, February 1967


Beatle Blind Date: Paul McCartney reviews the new pop singles

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 25 February 1967

LEE DORSEY: 'Rain Rain Go Away' (Stateside) Lee Dorsey. It's in the same old vein and it'll be a hit. Sometimes I wonder if he ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Washing The Bad Medicine On Down

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, 11 March 1967

FOR CENTURIES, mothers everywhere have given their children a spoon full of sugar and water to help the bad-tasting medicine go down. ...

The Psychedelic Yenta Strikes Again!

Report by Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice, 23 March 1967

THE LOVIN' Spoonful may soon find their names anathema to the very underground which nurtured them. ...

Loraine Alterman on Records: Janis Ian, Sonny & Cher, Chet Atkins, Lovin' Spoonful

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 26 March 1967

Janis Ian: She's Hip at 15 ...

Lovin' Spoonful Tell It All

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, 9 September 1967

A NEW MAN has been added to the ranks of the Lovin' Spoonful. He is Jerry Yester, brother of Association member Jim Yester. Jerry replaces ...

Popocracy — The New Revolution

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 3 November 1968

The casual, oddly dressed stars of American pop music are making so much money they don't know how rich they are ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Revelation: Revolution '69 (Kama Sutra)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 7 June 1969

MY, HOW THE Spoonful have changed since the days of John Sebastian and the lunatical Zalman Yanovsky. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: The Urban Villagers

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 26 July 1969

POPULAR music is sentimental, trivial or melodramatic, and therefore need never be listened to by people who care about real feelings. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Golden Spoonful (Polydor Twosome)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

JOHN SEBASTIAN was the best P.R. man that hippies ever had. ...

John Sebastian

Book Excerpt by Bruce Pollock, 'In Their Own Words' (Collier Books), 1975

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to describe the feeling, being away from the Village for the first time, living in San Francisco in the summer of 1965, ...

Blasts from the Past: Five veteran Canadian rockers recall their glory days

Report and Interview by Nicholas Jennings, Maclean's, 11 March 1996

CANADIAN MUSIC passes a milestone this year as the Juno Awards turn 25. To celebrate the occasion, this year's event (CBC TV, Sunday, March 10) ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: End Of The Rainbow

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, July 2002

The Lovin' Spoonful epitomised the euphoric, carefree spirit of the Summer of Love. But then came unwated adoration as The American Beatles., their very own ...

Alive And Well In Argentina At Last: The Mirth, The Music, The Magic Of Zalman Yanovsky

Memoir by Gary Pig Gold, BigO, December 2002

I KNOW AT LEAST one of his fellow supposedly-lovin’ Spoonfuls resents the situation to this day, but whenever Zal Yanovsky appeared on stage alongside John ...

The Grim Reporter January 2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, January 2003

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten ...

Zal Yanovsky

Obituary by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, March 2003

ZAL YANOVSKY, to many the man who provided that special spark of magic in The Lovin' Spoonful, died of a heart attack on December 13 ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Singles As and Bs

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2006

DO YOU BELIEVE in the magic of a great pop song? The Lovin' Spoonful did. On 1965's jaunty 'Do You Believe In Magic', their first ...

John Sebastian's Spoonful of Magic

Interview by Charles Bermant,, 26 March 2010

THE BEST 1960s bands always sounded so original, when in fact they filtered existing musical idioms such as folk and blues to gain a unique ...

Steve Boone Offers Another Taste of The Lovin' Spoonful

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 6 February 2019

IT WAS THE evening of August 23, 1966. In the bowels of New York's Shea Stadium – though only they knew it – the Beatles ...

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see also Zal Yanovsky

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