Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Lovin’ Spoonful: Summer In The City (1966)

The Lovin’ Spoonful, an American rock/folk band, play “Summer In The City,” a 1966 hit song written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian and Steve Boone. The song is apropos for Toronto (and many other cities around the world), given the hot, sticky weather we have been experiencing since late June/early July. The song was first released as a single on July 4, 1966, and then placed on the last track on their third album, Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful, released in November 1966. The band has its origins in the folk music scene of NYC’s Greenwich Village (lower Manhattan) during the early 1960s. The original four members are John Sebastian (lead singer/keyboard), Zalman Yanovsky (lead guitar), Joe Butler (drums) and Steve Boone (bass); the group derived its name from a lyric of “Coffee Blues,” Mississippi John Hurt’s classic blues song.