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John Sebastian Portrait, illustrated here on August 16, 1969 performing at the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, NY age 25.
John Sebastian is an American singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonicist, and autoharpist. He is best known as a founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful.
Sebastian was born in New York City, whose godmother was Vivian Vance (“Ethel Mertz” of I Love Lucy), who was a close friend of his mother.
Growing up in Greenwich Village, he was surrounded by music and musicians, including Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie, and hearing such players as Lead Belly and Mississippi John Hurt in his own neighborhood.
He became part of the folk and blues scenes in the Village. In 1965, he played in the Even Dozen Jug Band and in The Mugwumps, which split to form the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Mamas & the Papas.
The Lovin’ Spoonful became part of the American response to the British Invasion, and was noted for such hits as “Do You Believe in Magic”, “Summer in the City”, “Daydream”, “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?”, “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”, “Darling Be Home Soon”, “Jug Band Music”, “Rain on the Roof”, “Nashville Cats”, and “Six O’Clock”.
Sebastian left the group in late 1968 to start his solo career.
In August 1969, Sebastian made an unscheduled appearance at Woodstock. He traveled to the festival as a spectator, dropped some acid, and then was asked to appear when the organizers suddenly needed an acoustic performer after a rain break because they couldn’t set up amps on stage for Santana until the water was swept off.
He borrowed Tim Hardin’s Harmony Sovereign acoustic guitar and reluctantly went on stage, higher than a kite.
Sebastian’s Woodstock set consisted of three songs from his recorded but not yet released John B. Sebastian album (“How Have You Been”, “I Had a Dream”, and “Rainbows All Over Your Blues”) and two Lovin’ Spoonful songs (“Darling Be Home Soon” and “Younger Generation”, which he dedicated to a newborn baby at the festival).
Sebastian is credited with playing harmonica on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s song “Déjà Vu” from the album of the same name. He had previously been asked by Crosby, Stills & Nash to join their group as a fourth member, but turned them down, leading to their association with Neil Young.
In 1976, Sebastian had an unexpected No. 1 single with “Welcome Back”, the theme song to the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.
Since the early 1990s, Sebastian has struggled with throat problems that eventually affected and changed his singing voice.
As an original member of The Lovin’ Spoonful, Sebastian was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
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