His father was a classical harmonica player, his mother a radio scriptwriter and he is the godson of Vivian Vance, also known as Ethel Mertz from ‘I Love Lucy’. John Sebastian was originally a member of the Mugwumps, the band that split to become the mamas and the papas and the Lovin’ spoonful. The Spoonful became part of the American response to the British invasion with a ton of hits like ‘Do you believe in magic’, ‘Summer in the city’, ‘Daydream’, ‘Nashville Cats’ and more. John Sebastian left the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1968 to embark on a solo career…which included a memorable appearance at Woodstock in 1969. Sebastian also played harmonica with the doors on their album, “Morrison Hotel”. He is credited on the song Roadhouse blues under a pseudonym, G. Puglese. He is also credited with playing harmonica on Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Déjà Vu”. In 1976, when TV producer Alan Sachs wanted a Lovin’ Spoonful-like theme song for a new sitcom called “Kotter”, he called upon John Sebastian. Sebastian’s song was so well received that the name of the show was changed to ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’. The song eventually sold over one million copies.
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