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The Lovin' Spoonful

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Right on the tails of the Beau Brummels and the Byrds, the Lovin' Spoonful were among the first American groups to challenge the domination of the British Invasion bands in the mid-'60s. Between mid-1965 and the end of 1967, the group was astonishingly successful, issuing one classic hit single after another, including "Do You Believe in Magic?," "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," "Daydream," "Summer in the City," "Rain on the Roof," "Nashville Cats," and "Six O'Clock." Like most of the folk-rockers, the Lovin' Spoonful were more pop and rock than folk. Much more than the Byrds, and even more than the Mamas & the Papas, the Spoonful exhibited a brand of unabashedly melodic, cheery, and good-time music, though their biggest single, the chart-topping "Summer in the City," was uncharacteristically riff-driven and hard-driving.

Leader and principal songwriter John Sebastian was a young veteran of the Greenwich Village folk scene when he formed the band in 1965 with Zal Yanovsky, who'd already played primitive folk-rock of a sort with future members of the Mamas & the Papas in the Mugwumps. Sebastian already had some recording experience under his belt, playing harmonica (his father was a virtuoso classical harmonica player) on sessions by folkies like Tom Rush and Fred Neil. The Spoonful were rounded out by Steve Boone on bass and Joe Butler on drums. After some tentative interest from Phil Spector (who considered producing them), they ended up signing with Kama Sutra. Sebastian's autoharp (which would also decorate several subsequent tracks) helped propel "Do You Believe in Magic?" into the Top Ten in late 1965.

The Lovin' Spoonful were torn asunder by a drug bust in 1967. Boone and Yanovsky were arrested in California for marijuana possession, and evidently got out of trouble by turning in their source. This didn't sit well with the burgeoning counterculture, which called for a boycott of Spoonful product, although the effect on their sales may have been overestimated; most of the people who bought Spoonful records were average teenage Americans, not hippies. Yanovsky left the band in mid-1967, to be replaced by Jerry Yester, former producer of the Association.

The band had a few more minor hits but couldn't survive the loss of John Sebastian, who effectively closed the chapter by leaving in 1968, although the group continued on briefly under the helm of Butler. Sebastian went on to success as a singer/songwriter in the 1970s. Live at the Hotel Seville, the first new Lovin' Spoonful album in three decades, was released in 1999. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Total plays

928.7 million
Updated on 2024-07-21

Country

United States

Monthly listeners

2,722,675

Followers

508,420

Top Cities

  1. United Kingdom
    36,853 listeners
  2. Australia
    30,461 listeners
  3. United States
    31,399 listeners
  4. United States
    28,370 listeners
  5. United States
    27,170 listeners

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Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
Do You Believe in Magic?
Do You Believe in Magic?
172,091,966 2:06 1965-01-01
Do You Believe in Magic (Bleeker Street Version)
Do You Believe in Magic (Bleeker Street Version)
172,091,966 2:05 2019-04-05
Do You Believe In Magic
Do You Believe In Magic
172,091,966 2:06 2023-10-27
Summer in the City - Remastered
Summer in the City - Remastered
125,587,175 2:40 1965-01-01
Summer In The City
Summer In The City
125,587,175 2:44 2014-01-01
Daydream
Daydream
59,737,687 2:19 1965-01-01
(Till I) Run With You
(Till I) Run With You
10,777,240 1:54 1969-01-01
Darling Be Home Soon
Darling Be Home Soon
8,814,624 3:34 1965-01-01
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
6,434,098 2:26 1965-01-01
You Didn't Have to Be so Nice
You Didn't Have to Be so Nice
6,434,098 2:30 1982-01-01
You Didnt Have To Be So Nice
You Didnt Have To Be So Nice
6,434,098 2:27 2023-10-27
Butchie's Tune
Butchie's Tune
5,407,230 2:35 1966-01-01
Butchies Tune
Butchies Tune
5,407,230 2:40 2023-10-27
Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind?
Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind?
5,110,774 1:59 1965-01-01
Coconut Grove - 2003 Remaster
Coconut Grove - 2003 Remaster
4,879,949 2:41 1965-01-01
Nashville Cats - 2003 Remaster
Nashville Cats - 2003 Remaster
3,461,434 2:34 1965-01-01
Didn't Want To Have To Do It
Didn't Want To Have To Do It
3,093,967 2:36 1966-01-01
Warm Baby
Warm Baby
2,300,072 2:00 1965-01-01
Rain On The Roof - 2003 Remaster
Rain On The Roof - 2003 Remaster
2,249,515 2:11 1965-01-01
You And Me And Rain On The Roof
You And Me And Rain On The Roof
2,249,515 2:14 2000-03-24
RAIN ON THE ROOF
RAIN ON THE ROOF
2,249,515 2:14 2021-06-25
Rain on the Roof
Rain on the Roof
2,249,515 2:15 2023-10-27
Lovin' You - 2003 Remaster
Lovin' You - 2003 Remaster
1,468,349 2:27 1966-01-01
(Sittin' Here) Lovin' You
(Sittin' Here) Lovin' You
1,468,349 2:30 2000-03-24
Darlin' Companion - 2003 Remaster
Darlin' Companion - 2003 Remaster
1,371,556 2:20 1966-01-01
Younger Girl
Younger Girl
1,341,028 2:17 1965-01-01
Jug Band Music
Jug Band Music
1,018,353 2:50 1966-01-01
It's Not Time Now
It's Not Time Now
941,877 2:46 1966-01-01
Younger Generation - 2003 Remaster
Younger Generation - 2003 Remaster
916,793 2:40 1967-01-01
Night Owl Blues
Night Owl Blues
711,942 3:01 1965-01-01
Six O'Clock - 2003 Remaster
Six O'Clock - 2003 Remaster
504,158 2:41 1965-01-01
Six O'clock
Six O'clock
504,158 2:44 2018-08-21
She Is Still A Mystery - 2003 Remaster
She Is Still A Mystery - 2003 Remaster
481,882 2:59 1965-01-01
She's Still A Mystery
She's Still A Mystery
481,882 3:02 2000-03-24
Sportin' Life
Sportin' Life
479,222 4:04 1965-01-01
Never Going Back
Never Going Back
443,162 2:52 1969-01-01
The Prophet
The Prophet
441,872 2:48 1969-01-01
Wild About My Lovin'
Wild About My Lovin'
441,533 2:34 1965-01-01
Fishin' Blues
Fishin' Blues
424,906 1:59 1965-01-01
Fishin Blues
Fishin Blues
424,906 2:02 2023-10-27
There She Is
There She Is
414,355 1:55 1966-01-01
Blues In The Bottle
Blues In The Bottle
397,368 2:11 1965-01-01
Blues in the Bottle
Blues in the Bottle
397,368 2:11 2023-10-27
Voodoo In My Basement - 2003 Remaster
Voodoo In My Basement - 2003 Remaster
367,403 2:27 1966-01-01
Lonely - Instrumental
Lonely - Instrumental
328,856 3:21 1967-01-01
My Gal
My Gal
299,818 2:35 1965-01-01
You Baby
You Baby
285,234 2:54 1965-01-01
Full Measure - 2003 Remaster
Full Measure - 2003 Remaster
279,043 2:40 1966-01-01
Bald Headed Lena
Bald Headed Lena
277,665 2:22 1966-01-01
On The Road Again
On The Road Again
272,075 1:50 1965-01-01
Amazing Air
Amazing Air
250,429 2:53 1969-01-01
Day Blues
Day Blues
249,487 3:12 1966-01-01
Money - 2003 Remaster
Money - 2003 Remaster
240,473 1:53 1967-01-01
Only Yesterday
Only Yesterday
240,366 2:46 1969-01-01
Let The Boy Rock 'N' Roll
Let The Boy Rock 'N' Roll
211,418 2:31 1965-01-01
Revelation: Revolution '69
Revelation: Revolution '69
203,402 2:23 1969-01-01
The Other Side Of This Life
The Other Side Of This Life
193,219 2:28 1965-01-01
You're A Big Boy Now
You're A Big Boy Now
189,917 2:32 1967-01-01
4 Eyes - 2003 Remaster
4 Eyes - 2003 Remaster
185,738 2:51 1966-01-01
Bes' Friends - 2003 Remaster
Bes' Friends - 2003 Remaster
185,064 1:53 1966-01-01
Rain On The Roof - Previously Unreleased Instrumental
Rain On The Roof - Previously Unreleased Instrumental
183,868 2:15 1966-01-01
Big Noise From Speonk
Big Noise From Speonk
160,504 2:17 1966-01-01
Henry Thomas - 2003 Remaster
Henry Thomas - 2003 Remaster
149,666 1:43 1966-01-01
Pow
Pow
148,900 2:26 1967-01-01
POW
POW
148,900 2:25 2023-10-27
Boredom - 2003 Remaster
Boredom - 2003 Remaster
144,885 2:23 1967-01-01
Darlin' Companion - Previously Unreleased Alternate Vocal/Alternate Mix
Darlin' Companion - Previously Unreleased Alternate Vocal/Alternate Mix
124,853 2:26 1966-01-01
Alley Oop - Previously Unreleased - Mono Version
Alley Oop - Previously Unreleased - Mono Version
120,146 2:15 1965-01-01
Didn't Want To Have To Do It - Demo Version/Previously Unreleased
Didn't Want To Have To Do It - Demo Version/Previously Unreleased
112,477 2:47 1966-01-01
Jug Band Music - Alternate Instrumental Version/Previously Unreleased
Jug Band Music - Alternate Instrumental Version/Previously Unreleased
112,128 2:52 1966-01-01
Daydream - Demo Version/Previously Unreleased
Daydream - Demo Version/Previously Unreleased
111,500 3:18 1966-01-01
Younger Girl - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased Demo Version
Younger Girl - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased Demo Version
110,845 2:38 1965-01-01
Me About You
Me About You
98,299 3:48 1969-01-01
Forever - 2003 Remaster
Forever - 2003 Remaster
91,350 4:22 1967-01-01
Fishin' Blues - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased
Fishin' Blues - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased
88,098 2:30 1966-01-01
Night Owl Blues - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased
Night Owl Blues - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased
86,755 4:40 1966-01-01
Jug Of Wine
Jug Of Wine
85,798 2:46 1969-01-01
4 Eyes - Previously Unreleased Alternate Vocal/Extended Version
4 Eyes - Previously Unreleased Alternate Vocal/Extended Version
84,599 3:38 1966-01-01
Girl, Beautiful Girl (Barbara's Theme)
Girl, Beautiful Girl (Barbara's Theme)
77,171 2:25 1967-01-01
War Games
War Games
76,681 6:59 1969-01-01
Voodoo In My Basement - Previously Unreleased Instrumental
Voodoo In My Basement - Previously Unreleased Instrumental
75,980 2:38 1966-01-01
Full Measure - Previously Unreleased Instrumental
Full Measure - Previously Unreleased Instrumental
75,696 2:41 1966-01-01
Wild About My Lovin' - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased
Wild About My Lovin' - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased
74,027 2:36 1965-01-01
Blues In The Bottle - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased
Blues In The Bottle - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased
72,901 3:01 1965-01-01
Words
Words
72,686 2:19 1969-01-01
A Cool Million
A Cool Million
71,972 2:02 1967-01-01
The Other Side Of This Life - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased Instrumental Version
The Other Side Of This Life - Alternate Take/Previously Unreleased Instrumental Version
70,869 2:31 1965-01-01
Old Folks - 2003 Remaster
Old Folks - 2003 Remaster
69,627 3:04 1967-01-01
Respoken
Respoken
65,636 1:48 1967-01-01
Pow Revisited
Pow Revisited
61,353 2:26 1967-01-01
Priscilla Millionaira - 2003 Remaster
Priscilla Millionaira - 2003 Remaster
58,759 3:11 1967-01-01
Lookin' To Spy
Lookin' To Spy
56,562 2:29 1967-01-01
Speakin' Of Spoken
Speakin' Of Spoken
55,328 2:42 1967-01-01
The Finale
The Finale
55,166 2:30 1967-01-01
Try And Be Happy - Instrumental
Try And Be Happy - Instrumental
53,694 1:05 1967-01-01
Unconscious Minuet
Unconscious Minuet
52,229 2:05 1967-01-01
Only Pretty, What A Pity - 2003 Remaster
Only Pretty, What A Pity - 2003 Remaster
52,168 3:00 1967-01-01
Revelation: Revolution '69 - Single Version (Alternate Mix)
Revelation: Revolution '69 - Single Version (Alternate Mix)
50,656 2:28 1969-01-01
Only Pretty, What A Pity - Alternate Version
Only Pretty, What A Pity - Alternate Version
50,362 2:56 1967-01-01
Gray Prison Blues
Gray Prison Blues
49,942 2:05 1967-01-01
Dixieland Big Boy - Instrumental
Dixieland Big Boy - Instrumental
47,321 1:15 1967-01-01
Only Pretty What A Pity - Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, October 15, 1967
Only Pretty What A Pity - Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, October 15, 1967
46,616 2:45 2021-09-02
Me About You - Single Version
Me About You - Single Version
46,384 2:49 1969-01-01
Revelation: Revolution '69 - Single Version (Alternate Vocal)
Revelation: Revolution '69 - Single Version (Alternate Vocal)
45,776 2:17 1969-01-01
Phil's Love Theme
Phil's Love Theme
45,728 2:23 1967-01-01
Try A Little Bit - 2003 Remaster
Try A Little Bit - 2003 Remaster
45,653 3:03 1967-01-01
Letter To Barbara - Instrumental
Letter To Barbara - Instrumental
45,332 0:60 1967-01-01
Close Your Eyes - 2003 Remaster
Close Your Eyes - 2003 Remaster
44,852 2:43 1967-01-01
Try A Little Bit - Alternate Version
Try A Little Bit - Alternate Version
44,695 3:02 1967-01-01
Introduction To Flick
Introduction To Flick
40,832 2:15 1967-01-01
She Is Still A Mystery - Alternate Version
She Is Still A Mystery - Alternate Version
39,335 3:09 1967-01-01
Kite Chase - Instrumental
Kite Chase - Instrumental
39,016 1:23 1967-01-01
Wash Her Away (From The Discotheque)
Wash Her Away (From The Discotheque)
35,358 2:32 1967-01-01
Good Time Music
Good Time Music
33,062 3:08 1966-01-01
Barbara's Theme (From The Discotheque)
Barbara's Theme (From The Discotheque)
30,589 1:28 1967-01-01
Peep Show Percussion - Instrumental
Peep Show Percussion - Instrumental
30,202 1:20 1967-01-01
She Is Still A Mystery - Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, October 15, 1967
She Is Still A Mystery - Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, October 15, 1967
30,193 2:28 2021-11-26
Miss Thing's Thang - Instrumental
Miss Thing's Thang - Instrumental
29,629 1:38 1967-01-01
Miss Things Thang
Miss Things Thang
29,629 1:40 2018-08-21
Sportin Life
Sportin Life
27,136 1:55 2023-10-27
End Title
End Title
26,122 4:06 1967-01-01
Warm Baby
Warm Baby
21,684 1:55 1982-01-01
Almost Grown
Almost Grown
20,149 1:53 1966-01-01
Rain on the Roof
Rain on the Roof
19,725 2:11 1982-01-01
Younger Girl
Younger Girl
16,511 2:20 1982-01-01
March - Instrumental
March - Instrumental
16,346 2:29 1967-01-01
Darling Be Home Soon - Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show 1/22/67
Darling Be Home Soon - Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show 1/22/67
15,498 3:35 1967-01-01
Searchin'
Searchin'
11,691 3:15 1966-01-01
('Til I) Run with You
('Til I) Run with You
10,489 1:56 1982-01-01
Six O'clock
Six O'clock
9,166 2:45 1982-01-01
Don't Bank on It Baby
Don't Bank on It Baby
8,498 1:55 1966-01-01
Jug Band Music
Jug Band Music
7,953 2:51 1982-01-01
Do You Believe In Magic - Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show 3/19/67
Do You Believe In Magic - Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show 3/19/67
6,690 1:59 1965-01-01
Didnt Want To Have To Do It
Didnt Want To Have To Do It
6,317 2:38 2023-10-27
Did you ever have to make up your mind
Did you ever have to make up your mind
5,844 1:58 2023-10-27
Night Owl Blues
Night Owl Blues
5,569 3:00 1982-01-01
Full measure
Full measure
4,718 2:39 2023-10-27
Wild About My Lovin' - Studio
Wild About My Lovin' - Studio
4,378 2:38 1980-01-01
On the Road Again
On the Road Again
3,657 1:52 2023-10-27
Jug Band Music
Jug Band Music
3,479 2:54 2023-10-27
Night Owl Blues
Night Owl Blues
3,293 2:55 2023-10-27
Kite Chase
Kite Chase
3,053 1:24 2018-08-21
Daydream - Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show 3/19/67
Daydream - Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show 3/19/67
2,820 2:28 1966-02-19
Letter To Barbara
Letter To Barbara
2,219 1:02 2018-08-21
Summer in the City
Summer in the City
1,214 2:42 1969-01-01
Summer in the City - Live
Summer in the City - Live
< 1000 3:23 2022-02-18

New releases

Summer in the City
Summer in the City
2023-10-27
[Vintage Jukebox]
She Is Still A Mystery (Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, October 15, 1967)
She Is Still A Mystery (Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, October 15, 1967)
2021-11-26
[SOFA - AV Catalog DD]
Only Pretty What A Pity (Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, October 15, 1967)
Only Pretty What A Pity (Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, October 15, 1967)
2021-09-02
[SOFA - AV Catalog DD]
Everything Playing (Bonus Tracks)
Everything Playing (Bonus Tracks)
2018-08-21
[Revolver Records]
You're A Big Boy Now
You're A Big Boy Now
2018-08-21
[Revolver Records]
Very Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful
Very Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful
2004-08-09
[RCA Records Label]
Platinum & Gold Collection
Platinum & Gold Collection
2003-06-09
[Buddha Records]
The Greatest Hits
The Greatest Hits
2000-03-24
[Buddah]
The Greatest Hits
The Greatest Hits
2000-03-24
[Buddah]
What's Up Tiger Lily/You're A Big Boy Now
What's Up Tiger Lily/You're A Big Boy Now
1999-09-15
[RCA Camden]
Jug Band Music
Jug Band Music
1982-01-01
[SPS]
Nashville Cats
Nashville Cats
1982-01-01
[SPS]
Revelation: Revolution '69
Revelation: Revolution '69
1969-01-01
[Legacy Recordings]
Everything Playing
Everything Playing
1967-01-01
[Buddah]
Darling Be Home Soon (Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show/1967)
Darling Be Home Soon (Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show/1967)
1967-01-01
[SOFA - AV Catalog DD]
You're A Big Boy Now
You're A Big Boy Now
1967-01-01
[Legacy Recordings]
What's Up Tiger Lily?
What's Up Tiger Lily?
1967-01-01
[Legacy Recordings]
Daydream (Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show/1967)
Daydream (Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show/1967)
1966-02-19
[SOFA - AV Catalog DD]
Daydream
Daydream
1966-01-01
[Buddah]
Daydream
Daydream
1966-01-01
[Buddah]
Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful
Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful
1966-01-01
[Buddah]
Playlist: The Very Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful
Playlist: The Very Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful
1965-01-01
[Buddah/Legacy]
Do you Believe In Magic
Do you Believe In Magic
1965-01-01
[Buddah]
Summer In The City - The Collection
Summer In The City - The Collection
1965-01-01
[Buddah/Legacy]
Do You Believe In Magic (Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show/1967)
Do You Believe In Magic (Performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show/1967)
1965-01-01
[SOFA - AV Catalog DD]