Joe Butler & Steve Boone – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Rock | 2012

The Lovin’ Spoonful was founded in the early 1960s, with its roots in the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the day. When producer Eric Jacobson suggested that drummer-vocalist Joe Butler and bassist Steve Boone hook up with John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky, The Lovin’ Spoonful was born. Their hits include “Do You Believe In Magic,” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind,” “Summer in the City” and “Nashville Cats.” At the peak of the band’s success, The Lovin’ Spoonful was originally selected to perform on the television show that became The Monkees and also gained an added bit of publicity when Butler replaced Jim Rado in the role of Claude for a sold-out four-month run with the Broadway production of the rock musical Hair. Additionally, The Lovin’ Spoonful’s song “Pow!” was used as the opening theme of Woody Allen’s first feature film, What’s Up, Tiger Lily. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. They recorded seven albums for Kama Sutra Records.

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