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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Crosby Stills and Nash-Album Cover

Crosby, Stills & Nash (album)

Crosby, Stills & Nash (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Take a look at the photo on the cover of the first Crosby stills and Nash album. For their first album, Crosby stills and Nash wanted a cover that would reflect the intimacy of the music.  They wanted it to look real and natural, just like their music. While driving around Hollywood, Graham Nash spotted an old abandoned house at the corner of palm and Santa Monica boulevard.  They called photographer Henry Diltz who met them there.  Nothing was added to the photo…everything was there…the house, the couch, the palm.   When they got the proofs back, they realized they were sitting out of order…Nash stills and Crosby.  So they went back to do a re shoot…but there was no couch, no palm, no house.  It had been torn down and only a pile of rubble remained. They took it as a sign and used the original shot.

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