THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful
John Sebastian grew up in New York's Greenwich Village, where he participated in the music of the folk revival that was taking place in his neighborhood in the late 1950s and early 1960s. By the age of 16, he was stepping onto the stages of coffeehouses and folk clubs, and by 1964 he joined the Even Dozen Jug Band, which made a self-titled album for Elektra Records, and was also briefly in the Mugwumps with Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty (who would become one-half of the Mamas and the Papas), and Zal Yanovsky, who would stay with John in the formation of The Lovin Spoonful. They were one of the few American groups to dominate the record charts with a string of memorable Top Ten hits during the peak of The British Invasion (1965 - 1967). The endurance of their music has earned them induction into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. From November of their peak year - 1966, this LP, titled "Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful", contains the group's chart-topping single from the previous June, "Summer In The City," along with September's Top Ten hit "Rain On The Roof" (curiously titled "You And Me And Rain On The Roof" on the LP). Released simultaneously with this album, and included on it, were the two songs from their next single, "Nashville Cats," which became the band's seventh consecutive Top Ten hit, and "Full Measure," a B-side featuring drummer Joe Butler on lead vocals that scraped into the singles chart. Those were the money songs, although Bobby Darin discovered the leadoff track, "Lovin' You," and quickly covered it for a Top 40 hit, and the moody "Coconut Grove," a tribute to Fred Neil, would become a permanent part of John Sebastian's repertoire in his solo career. The LP is rounds out with the autobiographical "4 Eyes"; along with "Bes' Friends"; Henry Thomas"; "Darlin' Companion"; and "Voodoo In My Basement". This is an original 1966 pressing on KAMA SUTRA RECORDS (8054), with the proper printed photo innersleeve. There is a delete hole to the lower left corner, otherwise the record jacket appears in overall beautiful near MINT condition. The record labels and playing surfaces appear overall beautiful MINT!
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