John Sebastian

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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Woodstock Soundtrack Album Cover

It was a simple picture of a young couple huddled together wrapped in a blanket standing in a sea of people.

Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack ...

Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Photo on the cover of the 1970 Woodstock Soundtrack album…represented the love, care and protection of not only the event but a generation. In a 2009 interview for the New York Daily news, the featured couple said they remember nothing about the photo taken by Burk Uzzle.  Nick and Bobbi Urkaline were from the area and knew the backroads around the Woodstock festival.  They had driven their 1965 chevy station wagon within five miles and hiked the rest of the way on foot.  Their memories of the event were mostly of the rain, the lack of toilets and the body odor.   Afterwards, while at a friends house listening to the soundtrack album, nick noticed the picture on the cover…and said “hey that’s our blanket”…paused and then said…”Hey that’s us!”

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