John Benson Sebastian was born on March 17, 1944 in New York, heavily influenced by his father a who was a classical harmonica player, folk singers Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie. John is a singer, a songwriter, a guitar and piano player and like his father, attracted to the harmonica. Along with Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler, he gave birth to one of the top recording acts of the 1960’s, The Lovin’ Spoonful.
In 1965, a song written by John Sebastian, “Do You Believe in Magic” gave the group their first gold record. It was followed that same year with “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.” The following year in 1966, The Lovin’ Spoonful added five more million sellers, “Daydream,” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind” and their first #1 hit, “Summer In The City,” along with “Rain On the Roof” and “Nashville Cats.” “Darling Be Home Soon,” “Six O’Clock” and “She Is Still A Mystery” continue their hit streak in 1967.
As a solo recording artist, John Sebastian also struck gold in 1976 with a #1 hit “Welcome Back” from Welcome Back Kotter. As a songwriter his songs have been recorded by Dolly Parton, Helen Reddy, Brenda Lee, Joe Cocker, Johnny Cash and Bobby Darin, among many others.
The Lovin’ Spoonful were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010. John Sebastian was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 as he and the Lovin’ Spoonful continue to tour, delighting their many fans.