Guitarist Zal Yanovsky (the Lovin Spoonful)
The Lovin' Spoonful
birth name: Zalman Yanovsky

Zal Yanovsky

December 19, 1944, Toronto, Canada ~ December 13, 2002, Kingston, Canada

One of the early rock and roll performers to wear a cowboy hat, and fringed “Davy Crockett” style clothing, Zal helped set the trend followed by such 1960s performers as Sonny Bono, Johnny Rivers and David Crosby. ~ Wikipedia: Zal Yanovsky ~ retrieved December 11, 2013 © Wikipedia

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December 19, 1981 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Earth Wind & Fire, Let's Groove ~ #2 (2) Foreigner, Waiting For A Girl Like You ~ #1 (1) Olivia Newton-John, Physical


Settling into New York's thriving Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-Sixties, Yanovsky fell in with another talented young player, John Sebastian, with whom he shared an avid interest in folk and blues forms. Inspired by the Beatles' example, the two plotted to create an electric band that would combine their trad roots with the energy of rock & roll. “I heard all these strengths in Zally,” Sebastian later recalled. “He could play like Elmore James, he could play like Floyd Cramer, he could play like Chuck Berry. He could play like all these people, yet he still had his own overpowering personality. Out of this we could, I thought, craft something with real flexibility.” ~ Rolling Stone: Zal Yanovsky Obituary ~ December 16, 2002 © Rolling Stone

Zal Yanovsky ~ Inducted in the 1996 Canadian Music Hall Of Fame.

The Lovin' Spoonful

Right on the tails of the Beau Brummels and the Byrds, the Lovin' Spoonful were among the first American groups to challenge the domination of the British Invasion bands in the mid-'60s. Between mid-1965 and the end of 1967, the group was astonishingly successful, issuing one classic hit single after another. ~ Allmusic: Lovin' Spoonful ~ retrieved December 11, 2013 © Allmusic

The Lovin Spoonful ~ Inducted in the 2006 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame ~ Combining the best of folk music and rock and roll, with a touch of country thrown in. ~ 2006 © Vocal Group Hall Of Fame

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