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.
John Mellencamp Inducts The Lovin' SpoonfulJohn Mellencamp Inducts The Lovin' Spoonful at the 2000 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
John Mellencamp Inducts The Lovin' Spoonful00:01:35
The Lovin' Spoonful Acceptance Speech00:01:19
"Do You Believe In Magic"00:02:35
Hall of Fame Essay
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
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