Saturday Night Solid Gold – Lovin’ Spoonful

Lovin' Spoonful on Saturday Night Solid Gold

10/14/17 – “Lovin’ Spoonful” on Saturday Night Solid Gold

It’s “Saturday Night Solid Gold” on 100.9 The Eagle! Every Saturday evening from 6:00-10:00 pm, 100.9 The Eagle features 4 hours of your favorite Classic Hits from the 1960s and ’70s, plus your requests! We call it “Saturday Night Solid Gold” and we think you’ll really enjoy it!  You can call-in your requests (or text them to us) at (806) 350-1009!

In addition to all those great songs from radio’s rock ‘n’ roll heyday, we shine our spotlight on a different featured artist each week.  We’ll play their biggest hits and even some not-so-big ones, and share some information about the artist that you might not know. It’s a LOT of fun, and if you long for the golden age of rock radio, this is the show for you! Solid Gold Classic Hits, the way you remember them, on Saturday Night Solid Gold!

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Lovin’ Spoonful

The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American rock band, well known for a number of hit songs in the 1960s including “Summer in the City,” “Do You Believe In Magic,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?” and “Daydream.” Also, groovy tunes like “Nashville Cats,” “Rain on the Roof,” and “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” made up a catalog of hits that made ‘Good Time Music’ a way of life.

“And they can pick more notes than the number of ants on a Tennessee ant-hill.”

The band had its roots in the folk music scene based in the Greenwich Village section of lower Manhattan during the early 1960s.  John Sebastian, the son of classical harmonicist John Sebastian Sr., grew up in the Village in contact with music and musicians, including folk musicians who were involved with the American folk music revival of the 1950s through the early 1960s. Sebastian formed the Spoonful with guitarist Zal Yanovsky from a bohemian folk group called The Mugwumps (two other members, Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty, later formed half of the Mamas & the Papas), playing local coffee houses and small clubs. The formation of the Lovin’ Spoonful during this period was later described in the lyrics of the Mamas & the Papas’ 1967 top ten hit, “Creeque Alley”.

Drummer Jan Carl and bassist Steve Boone rounded out the group, but Carl was replaced by drummer-vocalist Joe Butler after the group’s first gig at The Night Owl in Greenwich Village. Butler had previously played with Boone in a group called The Kingsmen (not the hit group of “Louie Louie” fame). The group’s first Night Owl performances were reportedly so bad that the club owner told them to go away and practice, so they practiced in the basement of the nearby Hotel Albert until they had improved enough to draw audience attention.

The Lovin’ Spoonful was one of the most successful pop/rock groups to have jug band and folk roots, and nearly half the songs on their first album were modernized versions of blues standards. Their popularity revived interest in the form, and many subsequent jug bands cite them as an inspiration. The rest of their albums featured mostly original songs, but their jug band roots showed up again and again, particularly in “Daydream” and the lesser-known “Money” (which only reached #48, in 1968), featuring a typewriter as percussion.

Lovin’ Spoonful members termed their approach “good-time music”. In the liner notes of “Do You Believe in Magic,” Zal Yanovsky said that he “became a convert to Reddy Kilowatt because it’s loud, and people dance to it, and it’s loud.” Soon-to-be members of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead were part of the West Coast acoustic folk music scene when the Lovin’ Spoonful came to town on tour. They credited the Lovin’ Spoonful concert as a fateful experience, after which they decided to leave the folk scene and “go electric”.

There was a break with management, and several lineup changes which signaled the beginning of the end of The Golden years. The Lovin’ Spoonful was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

I don’t know about you, but those great mid-60s Lovin’ Spoonful hits just make me feel good!  It’s hard to keep a frown on your face when you’re listening to John Sebastian sing. So, we’re gonna play all their big hits (and a few not-so-big ones) plus your requests! Call ’em in at 350-100 this Saturday night, 6-10, on Saturday Night Solid Gold!  You’re the rock star…it’s all about the music YOU want to hear!

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