John Sebastian

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John Sebastian 1974

John B. Sebastian (born March 17, 1944 in Greenwich Village , New York ) is an American rock musician and songwriter . He is the founder of the rock band The Lovin 'Spoonful .

Sebastian grew up in a musical environment and during his childhood and youth he met well-known musicians such as Burl Ives , Woody Guthrie , Leadbelly , Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin 'Hopkins . He played in the bands Even Dozen Jug Band and the Mugwumps ; The latter resulted in The Lovin 'Spoonful and The Mamas and the Papas . With The Doors he recorded the song Roadhouse Blues in 1969 .

In 1969 Sebastian performed at the Woodstock Festival even though he was not invited. He was Wavy Gravy was discovered backstage. Sebastian wore wild tie-dye clothing and, according to legend, was so under the influence of drugs that he was unable to refuse the invitation. At the beginning of his lecture, he instructed the audience to "just love everyone around you and take some trash on your way home". His brief appearance with a kind of rap , which was almost parody of a hippie conversation due to its psychedelic state, was enthusiastically received by the crowd.

Other appearances such as in 1970 at the Atlanta International Pop Festival or at the third and largest Isle of Wight Festival followed. In 1976, Sebastian had a number one hit in the United States with the theme song for the television series Welcome Back, Kotter . In the early 1990s he made a record with musicians from NRBQ called Tar Beach . At that time he also hosted an oldies show for the American television station NBC .


John Sebastian made a guest appearance as himself on an episode of A Terribly Nice Family ; he met other old stars like Robby Krieger from the Doors , Woodstock contender Richie Havens , Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits , Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & the Raiders and Spencer Davis .

Also in the film What's Up Tiger Lily? from 1966 by Woody Allen , Sebastian can be seen with his bandmates. Video sequences from The Lovin 'Spoonful, which were also responsible for the film's soundtrack, were inserted into the film after the film was finished without the director's consent.



year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1970 John B. Sebastian US20 (31 weeks)
John Sebastian Live US129 (3 weeks)
1971 Cheapo-Cheapo Productions Presents
Real Live John Sebastian
US75 (13 weeks)
The Four Of Us US93 (9 weeks)
1976 Welcome back US79 (10 weeks)


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1969 She's A Lady
John B. Sebastian
US84 (4 weeks)
1976 Welcome Back
Welcome Back

(14 weeks)US
Welcome Back
US95 (2 weeks)

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  1. a b Chart sources: US
  2. Music Sales Awards: US