1) At the peak of the band’s success, the producers of the television series that later became “The Monkees” initially planned the series around the Lovin Spoonful. They dropped the band from the project due to conflicts over song publishing rights.
2) Steve Boone’s first time recording in a studio was actually as a musician on a Bob Dylan recording session. In January of 1965, Bob Dylan asked John Sebastian to play on a few tracks for him and Steve drove John to the studio. John was to play bass and suggested Boone might be better suited for the task. (Boone actually played bass and John’s primary instrument was guitar.
3) The band used a typewriter for percussion for the 1968 single “Money.”
4) “Creeque Alley” is as much about the formation of the Lovin Spoonful as it is about the Mamas and the Papas. Guitarist Zal Yanovsky was playing in a band called the Mugwumps when he joined forces with Steve Boone, John Sebastian and Joe Butler.
Zal’s bandmates had included Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty, who went on to form the Mamas and the Papas. John and Michelle Phillips wrote the song, which included multiple references to “Zally” and Sebastian. Among them, the very direct “Sebastian and Zal formed the Spoonful.” Imagine trying to rhyme that. (They did, of course, with, “Michelle, John, and Denny gettin’ very tuneful.”)
5) Steve is the group’s bassist but played piano on “Day Dream.”
6) The Beatles frequently get top-billing for influencing the Kinks, who themselves became one of the most influential rock bands of the sixties. However, Dave Davies says he and brother Ray “were listening to The Lovin Spoonful above and beyond The Beatles.” Dave said in an ABC Radio interview, “the Lovin Spoonful, I think, had to be one of the most underrated bands that came out of America at that time.” Dave echoes the sentiments of countless critic and historians who cite the Spoonful’s inventive fusion, saying they were “integrating lots of different elements – blues, country and folk music and a bit of rock.”
7) On April 18, 1966, the Lovin Spoonful took the stage at the Marquee Club in Soho, London. In the audience were John Lennon, George Harrison and Eric Clapton. “Good Day Sunshine” was the fab four’s stab at an homage to the Lovin Spoonful. McCartney has acknowledged the influence of “Daydream” on more than one occasion. “Daydream” was one of the 41 singles found in John Lennon’s personal jukebox when it was sold at auction 1989.
8) The rhythm of the Supremes‘ “Where Did Our Love Go?” inspired “Day Dream.” The band translated the hand-clap, drums and piano of the Motown hit’s intro into a 6-string guitar rhythm.
9) Joe Butler, who currently sings lead and plays the autoharp, originally played drums. “They didn’t have much choice,” says Joe. “I was the only person in the Village who didn’t play guitar.”
10) Steve Boone’s new book opens with a drug-run from Columbia to Maryland that resulted in the intentional sinking of a 68-foot boat used to ferry 19,000 pounds of what Boone describes as “the finest Columbian reefer money could buy.”
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