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2000 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lovin Spoonful

Lovin’ Spoonful

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  • Year:
    2000
  • Inducted by:
    John Mellencamp
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2000

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.” 

the songs were honest, and they slid easily into the American consciousness

John Mellencamp

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Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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