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John Sebastian

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Greenwich Village, New York City (17 March 1944 – present)

John Sebastian (born John Benson Sebastian on 17 March 1944, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. He is best known as a founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful, a band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. His tie-dyed denim jacket is prominently displayed there.

Early in their recording and airwave career, Lovin’ Spoonful members termed their approach “good-time music”. Unlike many pop groups of the day, the Lovin’ Spoonful played all the instruments on their records, and aside from a few covers, wrote all their own material.

His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-’60s rock revolution, but what leader, singer and songwriter Sebastian had in mind was actually a counter-revolution. “We were grateful to The Beatles for reminding us our rock & roll roots,” John explains, “but we wanted to cut out the English middlemen, so to speak, and get down to making this new music as an ‘American’ band.”

This the Lovin’ Spoonful did like nobody before or since, putting their first seven singles into the Top 10. This was unprecedented, and utterly unthinkable at the height of Beatlemania. At first they’d taken older material from blues, country, folk and jug band sources - what we now term “roots music” - and made it sound modern. Then, in a series of original songs composed and sung by John Sebastian, they did the reverse, creating thoroughly modern music that sounded like it contained the entire history of American music. Which it did.

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  • kluk_jako_buk

    The stories we could tell...

    18 Jan 12:22am Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №11 - http://oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2013-06/

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • marcelodylan

    the very heart of the spoonfuls

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • McCoyMcFlyer

    Happy birthday John!!

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • cadaver11

    This man is just super talented. Jeez!

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Welcome Back Kotter

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • nooneastern

    love this guy

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • Ryncewynd

    had a copy of "Cheapo-Cheapo Productions Present Real Live John Sebastian" a brilliant album over 30 years ago...loved "Younger Generation" & "In the Still of the Night" ...need to see if it is on cd...

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Scentlesss

    younger generation, and i think to myself what a wonderful tune

    12 Mar 2010 Reply
  • robertapeixoto

    I'll paint rainbows all over your bluuuuuuuuuuues.....

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • marcelodylan

    WELCOME BACK WELCOME BACK WELCOME BACK WELCOME BACK WELCOME BACK WELCOME BACK WELCOME BACK

    4 Jan 2010 Reply
  • PedroGodfroid

    Just that!

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
  • hanzhiqiang123

    like the younger generation

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
  • PedroGodfroid

    I had the chance to see him in one of his best show, at the Isle of Wight in 1970. Although, or maybe because, I was quite high, I still remember one of his songs that had a profound impact on my life. It was a kind of "science fiction" story about the future (then, rather the past now. It was about an old hippy that found his kids getting high, making love and such. And he turns green ;-) But what I remember more was the last sentence and reproche: "Can it be that you can't live up to your dreams?". Then I decided that I was *not* going to behave like this with my kids. I was going to live up to my dreams. And now, a few month from becoming a grandfather, I think I suceeded and I hope my kids will do likewise with theirs.

    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • leesummerlott

    Wonderful musician. Seeing him in California with Roger McGuinn in December. It's a few months away, yeah, but I'm already getting excited. :)

    23 Sep 2008 Reply
  • taikon

    let him know.

    29 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Bronen

    younger generation is its name :P

    3 Mar 2007 Reply
  • Bronen

    i love you John Sebastian :P... The Woodstock performance is so nice... the first song he plays, is beautiful

    28 Feb 2007 Reply

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