Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, John Sebastian!

Fuck St. Patrick’s Day! Today is the 65th birthday of John Sebastian, the Singer, Songwriter and Founder of the most Groovy 60’s pop band, The Lovin’ Spoonful. Created in 1965 with Zal Yanovsky (who had previously been in the Mugwumps with future members of the Mamas and the Papas, Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty), the Spoonful scored an amazing 7 Top-10 singles until 1967. The Lovin' Spoonful is the perfect soundtrack for a sunny day; utilizing the pop-hook aesthetics of the Beatles, John Sebastian created the quintessential 'feel-good American Band' of the 1960's.

"We were grateful to the Beatles for reminding us our rock & roll roots, but we wanted to cut out the English middlemen, so to speak, and get down to making this new music as an 'American' band."
-John Sebastian

If you do not own any Lovin’ Spoonful then War, Semen & Grooviness suggests that you put down your Guinness and go straight to your local record store and pick up their greatest hits. With such awesome songs like “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice”, “Summer In the City”, “Daydream” and “Do You Believe In Magic?” – it is a must-have for any true member of the Fab Reich. John Sebastian was also mentioned in the Mamas and the Papas’ autobiographical hit “Creeque Alley” – which details their folk-rock roots in the Greenwich Village scene prior to meeting each other.

John and Mitchy were gettin' kind of itchy
Just to leave the folk music behind;
Zal and Denny workin' for a penny
Tryin' to get a fish on the line.
In a coffee house Sebastian sat,
And after every number they'd pass the hat.
McGuinn and McGuire just a-gettin' higher in L.A.,
You know where that's at.
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass.

And dig this! – after the Lovin’ Spoonful broke up in 1968, John Sebastian went on to write the theme song for ‘Welcome Back Kotter’ which starred John Travolta who played the character Vinny Barbarino whom I was named after!

I, Vince Anthony Ynzunza, have veins that course with Grooviness!

Happy Birthday, John Sebastian!


1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, thanks!!!! Never heard the Kotter song before - and now I found the full version on YT!! :) Made my day!! :)