The Lovin’ Spoonful
John Sebastian ♦ Zal Yanovsky 

Zally & John from The Mugwumps

2nd Big Sur Folk Festival(8/1/65) John Sebastian
Do You Believe In Magic? / On The Road Again
Sebastian (2:05) / Sebastian (1:52)
Kama Sutra 201, 8/65 T20

Hullabaloo: 9/13/65,
Do You Believe In Magic?, Help
Shindig: 10/16/65,
Do You Believe In Magic?, Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?
Hullabaloo: 11/1/65,
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice / My Gal
Boone-Sebastian (2:31) / Boone-Butler-Kweskin-Jacobsen-Sebastian-Yanovsky (2:30)
Kama Sutra 205, 11/65 T20


Do You Believe in Magic?
Kama Sutra KLPS-8050
11/65 BB [UK: 3/66]
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Side One
Do You Believe In Magic Sebastian 2:04
Blues In The Bottle arr Spoonful 2:10
Sportin' Life arr Spoonful 4:02
My Gal arr Spoonful 2:30
You Baby Mann-Spector-Weill 2:55
Fishin' Blues arr Spoonful 1:58
Side Two
Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? Sebastian 2:00
Wild About My Lovin' arr Spoonful 2:38
Other Side Of This Life Neil 2:30
Younger Girl Sebastian 2:23
On The Road Again Sebastian 1:52
Night Owl Blues Sebastian 3:00
John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, autoharp, organ, vocals
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar, vocals (lead on Blues In The Bottle, On The Road Again)
Steve Boone-bass, vocals
Joe Butler-drums, percussion, vocals (lead on You Baby, Other Side Of This Life)
Gary Chester-tambourine (Do You Believe in Magic?)
§Cover Photo-Charles Stewart
Produced by Erik Jacobsen

Note: Chart date is from 2nd pass, boosted by Daydream (highest on initial release was #71, 2/19/66)

The Big TNT Show(1/16/66)
Joanie, The Byrds, The Ronettes, more
Hullabaloo: 11/1/65,
Daydream / Night Owl Blues
Sebastian (2:18) / Sebastian (3:00)
Kama Sutra 208, 2/66 T20 T20


Kama Sutra KLPS-8051
3/66 T20 [UK: 5/66] T20
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Side One
Daydream Sebastian 2:23
There She Is Sebastian 1:55
It's Not Time Now Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:45
Warm Baby Sebastian 2:00
Day Blues Butler-Sebastian 3:12
Let The Boy Rock And Roll Butler-Sebastian 2:32
Side Two
Jug Band Music Sebastian 2:49
Didn't Want To Have To Do It Sebastian 2:06
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice Boone-Sebastian 2:29
Bald Headed Lena Porryman-Sneed 2:22
Butchie's Tune Boone-Sebastian 2:48
Big Noise From Speonk(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:34
John [Sebastian]-vocals, guitar (lead on It's Not Time Now), harmonica, autoharp
Zal [Zalman Yanovsky]-lead guitar, vocals, lead vocal (Day Blues, Bald Headed Lena)
Steve [Boone]-bass, piano (Daydream), vocals
Joe [Butler]-drums, lead vocal (There She Is, Butchie's Tune)
John Curley-guitar, harmonica, autoharp
§Cover Photo-Alan Brooks; Design-Michael Malatak
Produced by Erik Jacobsen


Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? / Didn't Want To Have To Do It
Sebastian (2:00) / Sebastian (2:06)
Kama Sutra 209, 4/66 T20

According to legend, the two "girls" were Joan & Mini Baez
4/18/66: The Marquee Club, London
Beatles George & John were in the crowd
What's Shakin' album, 7/66
Includes four early 1965 recordings.
Summer In The City / Butchie's Tune
Sebastian-Boone (2:39) / Sebastian-Boone (2:34)
Kama Sutra 211, 7/66  #1  T20

Newport Folk Festival(7/23/66)

In Woody Allen's "What's Up Tiger Lily?"
Kama Sutra KLPS-8053
9/66 BB [UK: 9/66]
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Side One
Introduction to Flick(Woody Allen interview) Allen-Maxwell 2:03
Pow (Theme From "What's Up, Tiger Lily?") Boone-Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:28
Gray Prison Blues(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:15
Pow Revisited(instrumental) Boone-Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:30
Unconscious Minute(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:05
Fishin' Blues Trad, arr Sebastian 1:58
Side Two
Respoken Sebastian 1:48
A Cool Million(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:20
Speakin' Of Spoken(instrumental) Sebastian 2:40
Lookin' To Spy(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:30
Phil's Love Theme(instrumental) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:15
End Title(incorporates Fishin' Blues) Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky 4:05
John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, autoharp, vocals
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar, vocals
Steve Boone-bass, piano, vocals
Joe Butler-drums
Produced by Jack Lewis

Note: Lookin' To Spy sure sounds a lot like Coconut Grove.
The other Boone in the credits is Skip, Steve's brother.

Rain On The Roof / Pow! (Theme from What's Up Tiger Lily?)
Sebastian (2:11) / Boone-Butler-Sebastian-Yanovsky (2:28)
Kama Sutra 216, 10/66 T20

What's Up Tiger Lily?(11/2/66)
see soundtrack album above

Hums Of
Kama Sutra KLPS-8054
11/66 T20 [UK: 12/66]
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Side One
Lovin' You Sebastian 2:25
Bes' Friends Sebastian 1:52
Voodoo In My Basement Sebastian 2:35
Darlin' Companion Sebastian 2:22
Henry Thomas Sebastian 1:40
Full Measure Sebastian-Boone 2:40
Side Two
You And Me And Rain On The Roof Sebastian 2:13
Coconut Grove Sebastian-Yanovsky 2:38
Nashville Cats Sebastian 2:34
4 Eyes Sebastian 2:53
Summer In The City Sebastian-Boone 2:39
John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, autoharp, piano, organ, harmonium, ocarina, pedal steel guitar, Irish harp, vocals
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar, banjo, slide whistle (Henry Thomas), vocals (lead on Voodoo In My Basement)
Steve Boone-bass, piano, organ, percussion
Joe Butler-drums, percussion, lead vocal (Full Measure)
Henry Diltz-clarinet (Bes' Friends)
Artie Schroeck-electric piano (Summer In The City)
§Cover Photo-Henry Diltz
Produced by Erik Jacobsen


Nashville Cats / Full Measure
Sebastian (2:34) / Sebastian-Boone (2:40)
Kama Sutra 219, 12/66 T20 UK / BB

The Ed Sullivan Show: 1/22/67,
Nashville Cats, Darlin' Be Home Soon
Darling Be Home Soon / Darlin' Companion
Sebastian (3:32) / Sebastian (2:22)
Kama Sutra 220, 2/67 T20 UK

A-side from film "You're A Big Boy Now", would show up on Best Of, V2 (below)
The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful
The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful

Kama Sutra KLPS-8056, 2/67 T20 [UK: 5/67]
no unique tracks, but 4 great photos for your wall
The Ed Sullivan Show: 3/19/67,
Bald Headed Lena, Do You Believe in Magic?, Daydream
You're A Big Boy Now(3/20/67)
6 Spoonful tracks on the soundtrack album
Six O'Clock / You're A Big Boy Now (The Finale)
Sebastian (2:38 / Sebastian (2:28)
Kama Sutra 225, 4/67 T20

B-side from film "You're A Big Boy Now"

Zally returned to Canada after pot bust in San Francisco (he gave up dealer to avoid deportation—other
musicians not pleased). Jerry Yester added as guitarist.

As Long As You're Here / ereH er'uoY sA gnoL sA
Bonner-Gordon (2:09) / Bonner-Gordon (2:09)
Buddah 12, 9/67

B-side is instrumental version backwards
She Is Still A Mystery / Only Pretty, What A Pity
Sebastian (3:00 / Butler-Yester (3:04)
Kama Sutra 239, 10/67 BB

The Ed Sullivan Show: 10/15/67,
She's Still A Mystery, Only Pretty

Everything Playing
Kama Sutra KLPS-8061
12/67 BB [UK: 3/68]
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Side One
She Is Still A Mystery Sebastian 3:00
Priscilla Millionaira Sebastian 2:20
Boredom Sebastian 2:23
Six O'Clock Sebastian 2:38
Forever Boone 4:24
Side Two
Younger Generation Sebastian 2:40
Money Sebastian 2:01
Old Folks Butler 3:04
Only Pretty, What A Pity Butler-Yester 3:04
Try A Little Bit Sebastian 3:04
Close Your Eyes Sebastian-Yester 2:44
John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, vocals
Jerry Yester-guitar, vocals
Steve Boone-bass, vocal (Priscilla Millionaira)
Joe Butler-drums, vocal (Old Folks)
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar (Six O'Clock, Try A Little Bit)
§Cover Art-John Sebastian
Produced by The Lovin' Spoonful & Joe Wissert

Note: Zally's tracks recorded before he was let go.

Money / Close Your Eyes
Sebastian (2:01) / Sebastian-Yester (2:44)
Kama Sutra 241, 12/67 BB


John Sebastian to solo career (see below)

The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful (Volume Two)
The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful (Volume Two)

Kama Sutra KSLP405, 3/68 BB [UK: 5/68]
includes Darlin' Be Home Soon (from movie)

Alive And Well In Argentina
Buddah BDS-5019
6/68 [UK: ?/71]
Back Cover

Reissue Cover

Side One
Raven In A Cage Yanovsky-Yester-Yester 2:51
You Talk Too Much Kamile-Smeck 2:31
Last Date Cramer 3:03
Little Bitty Pretty One Byrd 2:57
Alive And Well In Argentina de-Boeuf-Rapport-Yanovsky 3:27
Side Two
Brown To Blue Franks-Jones-Mathis 2:27
Priscilla Millionaira Sebastian 2:10
I Almost Lost My Mind Hunter 3:10
Hip Toad Yester-Yester 2:05
Lt Schtinkckhausen Yanovsky-Yester 6:11
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar, keyboards, vocals
Jerry Yester-guitar
Joe Butler-drums
§Cover Art-Peter Max
Produced by: Zalman Yanovsky & Jerry Yester

Note: Reissued in Feb 1971 with the single As Long As You're Here added as track six on side one (and a new cover—see note 2).

Never Going Back / Forever
Stewart (2:44) / Boone (4:24)
Kama Sutra 250, 7/68 BB

(Till I) Run With You² / Revelation: Revolution '69³
Bonner-Gordon (2:02) / Butler-Finiz (2:05)
Kama Sutra 251, 9/68

She's A Lady / The Room Nobody Lives In
Sebastian (1:45) / Sebastian (3:05)
Kama Sutra 254, 11/68 BB


Revelation: Revolution ’69
Kama Sutra KLPS-8073
12/68 [UK: 6/69]
Back Cover

Original Title on Label

Now the cover makes sense!
Side One
Amazing Air Bonner-Gordon 2:50
Never Going Back† Stewart 2:48
The Prophet Butler-Finiz 2:45
Only Yesterday Dino-Sembello 2:43
War Games Butler 7:02
Side Two
(Till) I Run With You Bonner-Gordon 2:52
Jug Of Wine Dino-Sembello 2:31
Revelation: Revolution '69 Butler-Finiz 2:29
Me About You Bonner-Gordon 3:48
Words Dino-Sembello 2:18
Jerry Yester-guitar, vocals
Steve Boone-bass, vocals
Joe Butler-drums
Zalman Yanovsky-guitar (The Prophet, Words)
Zacherly-narration (War Games)
§Cover Direction-Acy Lehman; Cover Photo-Ken Whitmore
Produced by Bob Finiz "with special assistance from Joe Butler"
†Produced by Chip Douglas

Note: Issued as by: The Lovin' Spoonful Featuring Joe Butler
Album was titled Til I Run With You until the single flopped (see last note).

Me About You² / Amazing Air
Bonner-Gordon (2:43) / Bonner-Gordon (2:50)
Kama Sutra 255, 1/69 BB

And so ends America's goodtime answer to The Beatles. John's a stoned solo star, Jerry Yester joins up with Judy Henske and Steve Boone buys a sailboat and lives the Caribbean.
Woodstock Music & Art Fair(8/16/69) John Sebastian
6th Big Sur Folk Festival(9/13-14/69) John Sebastian
John Sebastian Song Book Vol 1
John Sebastian Song Book Vol 1

Kama Sutra KSBS 2011, 1/70 [UK: 1/72]
no unique tracks—all Spoonful tracks. Kama Sutra recycled this material relentlessly.

Note: Sebastian's first two solo albums were mired in legal tussle betwixt Reprise and MGM
see notes and this handy link for more details

John B Sebastian
Reprise RS-6379
1/70 T20 [UK: 4/70]
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Inside Cover

Tie-dye Lyric Sheet!

MGM also releases album

Released on MGM (SE-4654) at the same time (using a stolen
master), withdrawn due to contract disputes.
MGM Back Cover

Side One
Red-Eye Express Sebastian 2:53
She's A Lady Sebastian 1:43
What She Thinks About Sebastian 3:00
Magical Connection Sebastian 2:46
You're A Big Boy Now(John solo) Sebastian 2:46
Rainbows All Over Your Blues Sebastian 2:26
Side Two
How Have You Been Sebastian 4:07
Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy Sebastian 2:56
The Room Nobody Lives In Sebastian 3:10
Fa-Fana-Fa Sebastian 2:43
I Had A Dream Sebastian 2:42
John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, percussion, vocals
Paul Harris-organ, piano
David Crosby-guitar (She's A Lady, Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy)
Stephen Stills-guitar (She's A Lady)
Danny Weis-guitar
Buddy Emmons-steel guitar, Moog synthesizer
Buzzy Linhart-vibes (Magical Connection), vocal (Fa-Fana-Fa)
Harvey Brooks-bass
Ray Neopolitan-bass
Dallas Taylor-drums
Reinol Andino-conga
Gayle Levant-harp
Bruce Langhorne-tambourine (Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy)
Mr Beutens and Mrs Stanley and Friends-flute, lute, viola (She's A Lady)
Jose Cuervo and Yesterday's Horns (Fa-Fana-Fa)
Burt Collins and friends-horn (What She Thinks About)
Graham Nash-vocals (What She Thinks About)
The Ikettes-vocals (Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy)
§Cover Photo-Jerry De Wilde
Produced by Paul Rothchild


Magical Connection / Fa-Fana-Fa
Sebastian (2:46) / Sebastian (2:43)
Reprise 0902, 3/70

Rainbows All Over Your Blues / You're A Big Boy Now
Sebastian (2:26) / Sebastian (2:46)
MGM K-14142, 3/70

From Richie to Jimi—3 days of music, mud, and meandering
What She Thinks About / Red-Eye Express
Sebastian (3:00) / Sebastian (2:53)
Reprise 0918, 5/70

Atlanta International Pop Festival(7/3/70)
New York Pop(7/17/70)
Summer Festival For Peace(8/6/70)
Goose Lake International Music Festival(8/7/70)
Isle of Wight Festival(8/29/70) John solo, Zally makes suprise appearance

Cheapo-Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live
Reprise MS-2036
4/71 BB [UK: 7/71]
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MGM releases another album

Released on MGM (SE-4720) in 9/70, the recording was basically a
bootleg, and Reprise forced withdrawl. In the spring of 71, Reprise
released the "official" live recording.
MGM Back Cover

Live One
Mobile Line Duren-Stampfel 1:25
Lovin' You Sebastian 1:25
Fishin' Blues Sebastian-Stampfel 2:20
Younger Girl Sebastian 2:35
Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? Sebastian 1:58
Rooty-Toot Lewis 1:33
In The Still Of The Night Parris 2:16
Blue Suede Shoes Perkins 1:32
Nashville Cats Sebastian 2:05
Live Too
Waiting For A Train Rodgers 2:25
My Gal Boone-Jacobsen-Muldaur 2:33
Younger Generation Sebastian 2:45
Darling Be Home Soon Sebastian 3:20
Blues For Dad And JB's Happy Harmonica Sebastian-Sebastian 3:05
Amy's Theme Sebastian 1:38
Goodnight Irene Ledbetter-Lomax 4:14
John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, vocals
Dan Armstrong-guitar
Lucian Barnes-guitar
Paul Harris-keyboards
§Cover Photo-Jim Marshall; Illustrations-Catherine Sebastian
Produced by Paul Rothchild


Celebration At Big Sur(4/9/71)
Joanie, Joni, CSN&Y sing by the big pool
Celebration Of Life(7/21-28/71)
I Don't Want Nobody Else / Sweet Muse
Sebastian (3:16) / Sebastian (3:54)
Reprise 1026, 7/71


The Four Of Us
Reprise MS-2041
8/71 BB [UK: 12/71]
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Inside Cover

Side One
Well, Well, Well arr White 2:20
Black Snake Blues Chenier 2:28
I Don't Want Nobody Else Sebastian 3:16
Apple Hill Sebastian 3:09
Black Satin Kid Sebastian 2:38
We'll See Sebastian 2:05
Sweet Muse Sebastian 3:54
Side Two
The Four Of Us
   The Four Of Us
   Lashes LaRue
   Red Wing, Colorado
Sebastian 17:12
John Sebastian-guitar, harmonica, percussion, piano, vocals
with (Side One):
Paul Harris-piano
Kenny Altman-bass
Felix Pappalardi-bass (Apple Hill)
Greg Reeves-bass (Well, Well, Well)
Dallas Taylor-drums
with (Side Two):
Mac Rabinac [Dr John]-piano (The Four Of Us)
Kenny Altman-bass
John Barbata-drums
The Esso Trinidad Steel Band-pan drums (The Four Of Us)
§Photography-Catherine Sebastian
Produced by Paul Rothchild


We'll See / Well, Well, Well
Sebastian (2:05) / arr White (2:20)
Reprise 1050, 11/71

John would parlay his tie-dyed rose-coloured glasses schtick for years.
Welcome Back in 1976 was a return to hits. John has performed non-stop since then.


John Sebastian Covers
Darling Be Home Soon Joe Cocker (Joe Cocker!) 10/69
Didn't Want To Have To Do It Rotary Connection (Rotary Connection) 2/68
  Julie Driscoll (Jools & Brian) 4/69
Good Time Music The Beau Brummels (45) 12/65
The Room Nobody Lives In Mama Cass Elliott (Dream A Little Dream) 9/68
▶ More Covers @ Second Hand Songs


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