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Lovin' Spoonful

1964

Cass Elliot, later of the Mamas and the Papas, introduces John Sebastian to Zal Yanovsky at her New York apartment, where friends have gathered to watch the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1965

Sebastian and Yanovsky team up to form an electric folk-rock band in Greenwich Village. The group is joined by Steve Boone and Joe Butler, whose rock backgrounds complements the others’ folk and blues origins.

1965

The Lovin’ Spoonful gets signed to Kama-Sutra Records on the strength of their live performances at the Night Owl Cafe in Greenwich Village.

1965

“Do You Believe in Magic,” the Lovin’ Spoonful’s rock and roll anthem, debuts in the Top Hundred, eventually reaching #9. It is the first of ten Top Forty singles, including an amazing string of seven consecutive Top Ten hits.

1966

“Daydream” reaches #2, held back from the top only by the Righteous Brothers’ “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.

1966

Elektra Records issues What’s Shakin’, a various-artists sampler that includes four early Lovin’ Spoonful tracks. Among them is “Good Time Music,” a song that neatly summarizes the band’s musical philosophy.

1966

“Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind” reaches #2, held back from the top only by the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black.”

1966

“Summer in the City” tops the charts for three weeks, displacing “Wild Thing,” by the Troggs.

1967

The Best of the Lovin’ Spoonful, drawn from three albums and numerous singles, enters the album chart. It charts for a full year, peaking at #3.

1967

Zal Yanovsky quits the group and is replaced by Jerry Yester.

1968

John Sebastian quits the group. The final Lovin’ Spoonful album, Revelation, is released

1980

The four original members of the Lovin’ Spoonful reunite for an appearance in Paul Simon’s film One-Trick Pony.

2000

The Lovin’ Spoonful is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. John Mellencamp is their presenter.

2002

Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky died of a heart attack in his Ontario home, just six days before his fifty-eighth birthday.