Lovin’ Spoonful

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The Lovin’ Spoonful was a wellspring of sunny, feel-good singles.

From the freewheeling “Do You Believe in Magic?” to the harder rocking “Summer in the City," the Lovin’ Spoonful kept fans of poppy, melodic music in good supply.

Hall of Fame Essay


Jim Bessman

Most groups and solo artists with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame credentials possess a distinct, readily recognizable sound and style, but not so for the Lovin’ Spoonful. 

Like the Beatles and very few others, John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler stand out for their  almost unparalleled musical range represented by the group’s timeless Sixties hit singles.

After all, this was a band that took elements from folk music, jug band, ragtime, country, rock and pop to shape songs as diverse as the riveting rock smash “Summer in the City” and the playful country-music salute “Nashville  Cats.” 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 2000
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the songs were honest, and they slid easily into the American consciousness
John Mellencamp



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