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Glenn Beck–Wrong Way: California’s Progressive Government Policies–Right Way: Texas limited Government Policies–Videos

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Glenn Beck Show – February 5, 2010 – Pt 1 of 7

 

Glenn Beck Show – February 5, 2010 – Pt 2 of 7

Glenn Beck Show – February 5, 2010 – Pt 3 of 7

Glenn Beck Show – February 5, 2010 – Pt 4 of 7

Glenn Beck Show – February 5, 2010 – Pt 5 of 7

Glenn Beck Show – February 5, 2010 – Pt 6 of 7

Glenn Beck Show – February 5, 2010 – Pt 7 of 7

Replace all Federal taxes with a national sales consumption tax–The Fair Tax.

The FairTax: It’s Time

The FairTax–Videos

 

Then limit Federal Government spending to 90% of the previous years FairTax collections.

The remaining 10% would be used to pay down the National Debt.

Pass a Constitutional Amendment that institutes the above.

To save the Social Security and Medicare benefits that Americans have been paying for by payroll taxes, shut-down and permanently close 10 Federal Departments, many agencies and numerious programs.

Social Security and Medicare Projections – I.O.U.S.A.

 

Until the above is implemented both political parties are not fiscally responsible and serious.

The progressive radical socialists of both parties oppose the above. 

 

U.S. Debt Clock–Real Time

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 

The National Debt Is Now Over  

$12,300,000,000,000 

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np 

The Total Unfunded Liabilities of

The United States of America Are Over 

$107,000,000,000,000 

We The People  

Are Broke! 

Stop Socialist Spending

 

Real Change and Hope 

Milton Friedman on Libertarianism (Part 4 of 4)

   

Shut Down and Close Permanently

10 Federal Government Departments,

 Several Agencies and Many Programs Now!

 

1. Department of Agriculture

2. Department of Commerce

3. Department of Education 

4. Department of Energy

5. Department of Health and Human Resources

6. Department of Housing and Urban Development

7. Department of Interior

8. Department of Labor

9. Department of Transportation

10. Department of Veterans Affairs

11. Environmental Protection Agency 

12. Other Independent Agencies

13. International Assistance Programs

  

If

We The People

 Do Not Do This Now

You Can Forgot About

Receiving  Your

Social Security and Medicare Benefits!

 

 

 

http://www.federalbudget.com/

The American People March on Washington D.C.–August 28, 2010–At The Lincoln Memorial! Mark Your Calendar–Be There–Three Million Minimum–Join The Second American Revolution

Keynesian Economics Is Wrong: Bigger Gov’t Is Not Stimulus

 Obama’s So-Called Stimulus: Good For Government, Bad For the Economy

Stimulus II: A Sequel America Can’t Afford

Stop Spending Our Future – The Crisis

 

We The People Stimulus Package

Ray Stevens – We The People

Mark Levin–Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto–Videos

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The FairTax–Videos

The Battle For The World Economy–Videos

Frederic Bastiat–The Law–Videos

Walter Block–Videos

Walter Block–Introduction To Libertarianism–Videos

Yaron Brook–Videos

Thomas DiLorenzo–The Economic Model of the Fascist State–Videos

Paul Edward Gottfried–Fascism, Anti-Fascism, and the Welfare State–Videos

David Gordon–Five Best Books on the Current Crisis–Video

David Gordon–The Confused Literature of Globalization–Videos

Friedrich Hayek–Videos

Henry Hazlitt–Economics In One Lesson–Videos

The Great Depression and the Current Recession–Robert Higgs–Videos

Jörg Guido Hülsmann–The Ethics of Money Production–Videos

Jörg Guido Hülsmann–The Life and Work of Ludwig von Mises–Videos

Milton Friedman–Videos

Milton Friedman on Education–Videos

Milton Friedman–Debate In Iceland–Videos

Israel Kirzner–On Entrepreneurship–Vidoes

Liberal Fascism–Jonah Goldberg–Videos

Ludwig von Mises–Videos

Robert P. Murphy–Videos

The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged and The Ideas of Ayn Rand

George Gerald Reisman–Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian–Videos

Murray Rothbard–Videos

Murray Rothbard–Libertarianism–Video

Rothbard On Keynes–Videos

Murray Rothbard– What Has Government Done to Our Money?–Videos

Peter Schiff–Videos

Schiff, Forbers and Bloomberg Nail The Financial Crisis and Recession–Mistakes Were Made–Greed, Arrogance, Stupidity–Three Chinese Curses!

Larry Sechrest–The Anticapitalists: Barbarians at the Gate–Videos

L. William Seidman on The Economic Crisis: Causes and Cures–Videos

Amity Shlaes–Videos

Julian Simon–Videos

Thomas Sowell and Conflict of Visions–Videos

Thomas Sowell On The Housing Boom and Bust–Videos

Peter Thiel–Videos

Thomas E. Woods, Jr.–Videos

Thomas E. Woods–The Economic Crisis and The Federal Reserve–Videos

Tom Woods–Lectures On Liberty–Videos

Tom Woods–Smashing Myths and Restoring Sound Money–Videos

Tom Wright On The FairTax–Videos

Banking Cartel’s Public Relations Campaign Continues:Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke On The Record

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Over 22,824,945 Americans Seek Full Time Jobs–Unemployment Rate Declines?–Obama Math: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics–The First Casualty of Progressive Radical Socialists–The Truth!–The Games People Play–Do You Believe In Magic?

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“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

~Attributed to British  Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli

 

“Games People Play” – Joe South – 1969

“…Have you ever wondered why the CPI, GDP and employment numbers run counter to your personal and business experiences?  The problem lies in biased and often-manipulated government reporting. …”

“…The SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes short-term discouraged workers. …”

http://www.shadowstats.com/

 

Zentner Has Doubts About January U.S. Unemployment Rate: Video

 

Robert Reich: Expect 10% Unemployment Until 2011

Solis Says Jobs Market Shows `Cautious Confidence’

Shugg Says U.S. Employment Outlook Remains `Bleak’

The Unemployment Game Show: Are You *Really* Unemployed?

 

Unemployment Rate Primer

Pimco’s Crescenzi Discusses U.S. Jobs Report, Bonds

Maki Sees `Substantial Decline’ in U.S. Jobless Rate: Video

California Joblessness Reaches 70-Year High

Series Id:           LNS14000000
Seasonally Adjusted
Series title:        (Seas) Unemployment Rate
Labor force status:  Unemployment rate
Type of data:        Percent or rate
Age:                 16 years and over

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
2000 4.0 4.1 4.0 3.8 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.1 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9  
2001 4.2 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.3 4.5 4.6 4.9 5.0 5.3 5.5 5.7  
2002 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.9 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.9 6.0  
2003 5.8 5.9 5.9 6.0 6.1 6.3 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.0 5.8 5.7  
2004 5.7 5.6 5.8 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.5 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.4 5.4  
2005 5.3 5.4 5.2 5.2 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.9 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.9  
2006 4.7 4.8 4.7 4.7 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.7 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.4  
2007 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.4 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.7 4.7 5.0  
2008 5.0 4.8 5.1 5.0 5.4 5.5 5.8 6.1 6.2 6.6 6.9 7.4  
2009 7.7 8.2 8.6 8.9 9.4 9.5 9.4 9.7 9.8 10.1 10.0 10.0  
2010 9.7                      

Most of the big media were trumpeting the unexpected decline in the official unemployment  rate measured by U-3 from 10.0% to 9.7.% and the real unumployment rate measured by  U-6  from17.5 % to 16.5%.

 

Most forecasters who follow employment were expecting the rate to remain the same or slightly increase by .1 or .2% for both U-3 and U6. Very few were forecasting a decline.

What is almost never mentioned is the number of unemployed Americans this represented.

For the official unemployment rate of 9.7% the number of unemployed Amercans is 14,837,000.

For the real unemployment rate of 16.5% the number of unemployed Americans is 22,824,045. 

This number is calculated by multiplying the 16.5% unemployment rate by the total civilian labor force of 138,333,000.

It appears that someone in the Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics has been making political adjustments to the above statistics to show improvement in the labor market.

One place is to look at closely is the labor participation rate.

While the labor participation rate fluctuates from month to month, it is usually above 66% of the civilian labor force.

When an economy enters a recession, one expects labor force participation rates to slightly decline.

However, the labor force participation rate has declined from 66% at the strart of the recession in December 2007 to 64.7% or over 1.3%.

 

Series Id:           LNS11300000
Seasonally Adjusted
Series title:        (Seas) Labor Force Participation Rate
Labor force status:  Civilian labor force participation rate
Type of data:        Percent or rate
Age:                 16 years and over

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
2000 67.3 67.3 67.3 67.3 67.1 67.1 66.9 66.9 66.9 66.8 66.9 67.0  
2001 67.2 67.1 67.2 66.9 66.7 66.7 66.8 66.5 66.8 66.7 66.7 66.7  
2002 66.5 66.8 66.6 66.7 66.7 66.6 66.5 66.6 66.7 66.6 66.4 66.3  
2003 66.4 66.4 66.3 66.4 66.4 66.5 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.1 65.9  
2004 66.1 66.0 66.0 65.9 66.0 66.1 66.1 66.0 65.8 65.9 66.0 65.9  
2005 65.8 65.9 65.9 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.0 66.0  
2006 66.0 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.2 66.3 66.4  
2007 66.4 66.3 66.3 66.0 66.0 66.0 66.0 65.8 66.0 65.8 66.0 66.0  
2008 66.2 66.0 66.1 66.0 66.2 66.1 66.0 66.1 66.0 66.0 65.8 65.8  
2009 65.7 65.7 65.6 65.8 65.8 65.7 65.4 65.4 65.1 65.0 64.9 64.6  
2010 64.7                      

When you multiply 1.3%  by the civilian labor force of  153,170,00 the result is 1,991,210.

This means nearly 2 million American are no longer participating the civilian labor force and would represents about a 1.2% increase in unemployment.

This is lie.

 

Series Id:           LNS11000000
Seasonally Adjusted
Series title:        (Seas) Civilian Labor Force Level
Labor force status:  Civilian labor force
Type of data:        Number in thousands
Age:                 16 years and over

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
2000 142267(1) 142456 142434 142751 142388 142591 142278 142514 142518 142622 142962 143248  
2001 143800 143701 143924 143569 143318 143357 143654 143284 143989 144086 144240 144305  
2002 143883 144653 144481 144725 144938 144808 144803 145009 145552 145314 145041 145066  
2003 145937(1) 146100 146022 146474 146500 147056 146485 146445 146530 146716 147000 146729  
2004 146842(1) 146709 146944 146850 147065 147460 147692 147564 147415 147793 148162 148059  
2005 148029(1) 148364 148391 148926 149261 149238 149432 149779 149954 150001 150065 150030  
2006 150201(1) 150629 150839 150915 151085 151368 151383 151729 151650 152020 152360 152698  
2007 153117(1) 152941 153093 152531 152717 153045 153039 152781 153393 153158 153767 153869  
2008 154048(1) 153600 153966 153936 154420 154327 154410 154696 154590 154849 154524 154587  
2009 154140(1) 154401 154164 154718 154956 154759 154351 154426 153927 153854 153720 153059  
2010 153170(1)                        
1 : Data affected by changes in population controls.

Assuming just half of this is the political adjustment this would represent an increase of about .6% in both the official U-3 and real U-6 unemployment rates.

The Federal Government is apparently fiddling with the statistics to get the unemployment rates and number of unemployed down.

Such political adjustments like the nonsense  of saying that the stimulus bill created or saved 2,000,000 jobs is unbelievable not to mention totally unverifiable.

Glenn Beck- February 3, 2010 (Part 1/5)

Glenn Beck- February 3, 2010 (Part 2/5)

Axelrod, Gibbs Jarrett saved or created jobs

Obama administration LYING again about the jobs “saved or created” by the stimulas package

 

Obama switches to new math when it comes to counting jobs created or saved

I stand by my forecast that the official unemployment rate measured by U-3 will remain in double digits throughout 2010.

Only in 2011 will you see a real decline in unemployment rates as measured by both U-3 and U-6.

President Obama has a much deserved reputation of being a habitual liar.

Those who follow President Obama speeches and comments know this to be true.

Virtually all of the talk radio hosts and many blogs have repeatedly pointed out President Obama’s many lies and broken promises.

The American people are slowly and surely catching on to Obama’s broken promises and lies.

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

 

The American people do not like being lied to.

Nobody does.

The American people no longer believe or trust what President Obama says and many are tuning him out.

Nearly 30,000,000 not 22 million Americans are seeking a full time job.

Most of these 30 million Americans will not be voting for the lying and cheating progressive radical socialists in the next three elections.

Lovin Spoonful Do You Believe In Magic

Background Articles and Videos

 824,000 Jobs To Disappear February 5, 2010–Black Friday–The Obama Depression Even Worse!

 

11/13/2007- John Williams On The Glenn Beck Show

John Williams ShadowStats.com “Go long Scotch!”

 

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Amity Shlaes–Videos

Julian Simon–Videos

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The Lovin’ Spoonful–Videos

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: Art, Blogroll, Communications, Culture, Entertainment, liberty, Life, Links, Music, People, Philosophy, Quotations, Raves, Video, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In other words, musicians know that going back to the Spoonful, what we were doing was not copying.

~John Sebastian

Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City (1966)

Nashville Cats – Lovin’ Spoonful

Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe In Magic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4zoIxW–Y0

Lovin’ Spoonful on SHINDIG! (1965)

The Lovin’ Spoonful- “Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind?”

THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL – DAYDREAM (ED SULLIVAN SHOW)

The Lovin’ Spoonful “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” 1965

The Lovin Spoonful Darlin Be Home Soon

Rain on the Roof – Lovin’ Spoonful

You’re A Big Boy Now – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Full Measure – The Lovin’ Spoonful

John sebastian

JOHN SEBASTIAN (of The Lovin’ Spoonful) – “Welcome Back (Kotter)” – 2012 video

She Is Still a Mystery – Lovin’ Spoonful

4 Eyes – Lovin’ Spoonful

Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream

Younger Girl – Lovin’ Spoonful

Girl, Beautiful Girl — The Lovin’ Spoonful

Coconut Grove – Lovin’ Spoonful

John Sebastian “Lovin’ Spoonful”

I think that my past stands me in good stead in that it does have a certain strength for musicians.

~John Sebastian

Background Articles and Videos

John Sebastian

John Sebastian–Woodstock-

John Sebastian – Younger Generation

John Sebastian Teaches You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice

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John Sebastian Teaches You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice

Lovin’ Spoonful ~ Complete Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2000

The Lovin’ Spoonful

“…The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American pop rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. When asked about his band, leader John Sebastian said it sounded like a combination of “Mississippi John Hurt and Chuck Berry.”

Formation and early years (1964-1965)

The band had its roots in the folk music scene based in the Greenwich Village section of lower Manhattan during the early 1960s. Sebastian, who grew up in contact with music and musicians, was the son of a much-recorded and highly technically accomplished classical harmonica player. He had reached maturity toward the end of the American folk music revival that spanned from the 1950s to the early ’60s. Sebastian was joined in the Spoonful by guitarist Zal Yanovsky from a bohemian folk group called The Mugwumps, playing local coffee houses and small clubs (two other members, Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty, would later form half of the Mamas & the Papas.)[1] Drummer-vocalist Joe Butler and bassist Steve Boone rounded out the group.

The group first recorded four tracks for Elektra Records in early 1965, but elected to sign with Kama Sutra Records that same year. The Elektra tracks were released on the 1966 various artists compliation LP What’s Shakin’ after the band’s success on Kama Sutra.

Pop success (1965-1966)

Working with producer Erik Jacobsen, the band released their first single, the Sebastian-penned “Do You Believe in Magic, in August of 1965. Unlike many pop groups of the day (the early Beatles being a notable and influential exception), The Lovin’ Spoonful played all the instruments on their records, with the exceptions of the orchestral instruments heard on their soundtrack album You’re A Big Boy Now and some later singles. Additionally, aside from a few covers (mostly on their first album) they wrote all their own material.[2][3]

“Do You Believe In Magic” became a Top Ten hit in the US, and the band followed it up with a series of hit singles and albums throughout 1965 and 1966, all produced by Jacobsen. The Lovin’ Spoonful became known for such folk-flavored pop hits as “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”, and “Daydream”, which went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.”[2] [4] Arguably the most successful pop/rock group to have jug band roots, nearly half the songs on their first album were modernized versions of jug band standards. Their popularity revived interest in the form, and many subsequent jug bands cite them as an inspiration. The rest of their albums featured mostly original songs, but their jug band roots showed up again and again, particularly in their big hit “Daydream” and the lesser-known “Money”, which featured a typewriter as percussion. They even had a crossover hit, as “Nashville Cats”, a number eight pop hit, reached the country charts. Other hits were “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind” (another #2 hit), and “Younger Girl”. Their only song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was the harder-edged “Summer in the City”, an indelible part of the soundtrack for the summer of 1966.

Early in their recording and airwave career, Lovin’ Spoonful members termed their approach “good-time music”. In the liner notes of “Do You Believe in Magic”, Zal Yanovsky said he “became a convert to Reddy Kilowatt because it’s loud, and people dance to it, and it’s loud”. Soon-to-be-members of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead were part of the West Coast acoustic folk music scene when The Lovin’ Spoonful came to town while on tour. They credited The Lovin’ Spoonful concert as a fateful experience, after which they decided to leave the folk scene and “go electric.”[citation needed]

At the peak of its success the band was originally selected to perform on the television show that became “The Monkees”,[citation needed] and also gained an added bit of publicity when Butler replaced Jim Rado in the role of Claude for a sold-out four-month run with the Broadway production of the rock musical Hair. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s song “Pow!” was used as the opening theme of Woody Allen’s first feature film, What’s Up, Tiger Lily. John Sebastian composed the music for Francis Ford Coppola’s second film, You’re a Big Boy Now, and The Lovin’ Spoonful played the music for the soundtrack, which included yet another hit, “Darlin’ Be Home Soon”. Both films were released in 1966.

Personnel changes (1967)

In early 1967, the band broke with their producer Erik Jacobsen, turning to Joe Wissert to produce the single “Six O’Clock”, which would hit #18 US.

Yanovsky left the band after the soundtrack album You’re a Big Boy Now was released in May 1967, primarily due to a drug bust in San Francisco, in which he was arrested for possession of marijuana and pressured by police to name his supplier. As a Canadian citizen and fearing he would be barred from re-entering the U.S., he complied.[5] He would later open a restaurant in Canada, the immensely popular Chez Piggy in Kingston, Ontario. The restaurant is now owned and run by his daughter.[6]

Yanovsky’s replacement was Jerry Yester, formerly of the Modern Folk Quartet. Around this time, perhaps coincidentally, the band’s sound became more pop-oriented.

This new line up of The Lovin’ Spoonful would record two moderately successful Wissert-produced singles (“She Is Still A Mystery” and “Money”), as well as the 1967 album Everything Playing. Sebastian then left the group by early 1968 to go solo.[5]

The final years (1968-1969)

The group was now offically a trio, and drummer Butler (who had previously sung lead on a few album tracks) became the group’s new lead vocalist. Up to this point Sebastian had written (or co-written) and sung every one of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s hits; the band now turned to outside writers for their singles, and used a variety of outside producers. The band’s last two Hot 100 entries (“Never Going Back” and “Me About You”) were sung by Butler, and written by professional songsmiths. In addition, “Never Going Back” only featured Yester and Butler’s playing — the other musical parts were played by session musicians, a first for the group.

With commercial success waning, The Lovin’ Spoonful lasted only until early 1969. They split up following the release of their album “Revelation: Revolution ’69”. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lovin’_Spoonful

John Sebastian

“…John Sebastian (born John Benson Sebastian, Jr. on March 17, 1944, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. He is best known as a founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful, a band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.[1] His tie-dyed denim jacket is prominently displayed there.

Sebastian’s father, John Benson Sr., was a noted classical harmonica player and his mother was a radio script writer. He is the godson of Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz of I Love Lucy). He grew up surrounded by music and musicians, including Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie and hearing such players as Leadbelly and Mississippi John Hurt in his own neighborhood.[2][3]

One of his first recording gigs was playing guitar and harmonica for Billy Faier’s 1964 album The Beast of Billy Faier[4]. He also recorded with Fred Neil on the Bleecker & MacDougal album in 1965. He came up through the Even Dozen Jug Band and The Mugwumps, which split to form the Lovin’ Spoonful and The Mamas & the Papas. Sebastian was joined by Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler in the Spoonful, which was named after a Mississippi John Hurt song. Sebastian also played autoharp on occasion.

The Lovin’ Spoonful became part of the American response to the British Invasion and was noted for such folk-flavored hits as “Jug Band Music,” “Do You Believe in Magic”, “Summer in the City”, “Daydream,” “Nashville Cats,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind,” “Six O’Clock,” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” and “Younger Girl.”[1] The band, however, began to implode after a 1967 marijuana bust in San Francisco involving Yanovsky, a Canadian citizen. Facing deportation, he gave up the name of his dealer, which caused a fan backlash and internal strife. Neither John Sebastian nor Joe Butler was involved in the matter; they weren’t even in San Francisco at the time. Yanovsky subsequently left the band and was replaced by Jerry Yester. [5]

Sebastian left the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1968 although he and the original band reunited briefly to appear in the film One Trick Pony starring Paul Simon and Blair Brown.[1] In December of 1968, a musical he composed the music and lyrics for, Jimmy Shine, opened on Broadway with Dustin Hoffman in the title role.[6]

He embarked on a moderately successful solo career after leaving the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1968. Sebastian was popular among the rock festival circuits. He had a memorable, albeit unscheduled appearance at Woodstock, appearing after Country Joe McDonald’s set, playing songs such as “I Had A Dream,” “Rainbows All Over Your Blues,” “Darling Be Home Soon” and “Younger Generation,” which he dedicated to a newborn baby at the festival. Documentary remarks by festival organizers revealed that Sebastian was under the influence at the time, hence his spontaneity and casual, unplanned set. Sebastian also returned for Woodstock ’94, playing harmonica for Crosby, Stills and Nash. Sebastian released his eponymous LP John B. Sebastian in 1970, which featured him accompanied by various L.A. musicians.

Sebastian played harmonica with The Doors on the song Roadhouse Blues under the pseudonym G. Puglese to avoid problems with his contract, which was featured on Morrison Hotel album.[7] He also played on “Little Red Rooster” on the live album Alive, She Cried and on seven songs on Live In Detroit.[8][9] He is also credited with playing harmonica on Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s “Déjà Vu” from the album of the same name.

In 1976, Sebastian had a number one single with, “Welcome Back”, the theme song to the Welcome Back, Kotter television show[2], which found new life decades later when a sample from it became the hook for rapper Mase’s 2004 hit “Welcome Back”. Recently, he has played with John Sebastian and the J-Band, a jug band including Fritz Richmond from the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Yank Rachell, an original jug-band leader, and Geoff Muldaur.

Several modern musicians cite him as a large influence, including renowned blues harmonica player, Mike Tetrault. As a songwriter, Sebastian’s songs have been covered by Elvis Costello (“The Room Nobody Lives In”), Dolly Parton, Del McCoury, Helen Reddy, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, Slade, Joe Cocker and Jimmy Buffett (“Stories We Could Tell”). …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sebastian

Lovin’ Spoonful

“…”The good-time sounds of the Lovin’ Spoonful made the quartet a fixture during the golden age of Top Forty radio. Over a period of two years in the mid-Sixties, the New York-based group charted a string of ten Top Forty hits, seven of which placed inside the Top Ten at a time when the competition included Motown, the Beatles and countless British Invasion bands. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s tuneful, poppy singles have stood the test of time and at least one of them, “Do You Believe in Magic,” remains a defining rock and roll anthem.

The four original members–singer/guitarist John Sebastian, guitarist Zal Yanovsky, bassist Steve Boone and drummer Joe Butler–came together in Greenwich Village. The folk-music scene was in full swing, but the electrified sounds of the Beatles and the other pop bands of the day had also caught their attention. Retaining their folkie roots while exploring new directions, the Lovin’ Spoonful adapted folk-style fingerpicking to electric instruments. Their folk-rock hybrid was particularly evident in the unusual combination of autoharp and electric guitar on “Do You Believe in Magic.” What really set the Lovin’ Spoonful apart from the mid-Sixties pack of one-hit wonders was their daring eclecticism. No two singles were written in the same style. Between 1965 and 1968, they tackled jug-band music (“Good Time Music”), ragtime (“Daydream”), country (“Nashville Cats”), folk-pop (“You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”), hard rock (“Summer in the City”) and orchestrated pop (“She Is Still a Mystery”). …”

http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/lovin-spoonful

Lovin Spoonful

“…The core of The Lovin’ Spoonful were John Sebastian, who was born on March 17th, 1944 in New York, and Zalman Yanovsky, who was born on 19th December 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They first met as guests invited to Cass Elliot’s house to watch the Beatles’ U.S. TV debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. They played guitar together through the night and discussed the possibility of forming a rock group. At the time, Sebastian was a Greenwich Village folkie and sometime member of the Even Dozen Jug Band and Yanovsky was a guitarist with the Nova Scotia folk group, The Halifax Three. When they disbanded in June 1964, Yanovsky was briefly involved in the Mugwumps (with Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot and James Hendricks). This was a short-lived and unsuccessful venture, which soon disbanded, and, of course Doherty and Elliot went on to form one half of The Mamas and The Papas

With Yanovsky at loose ends again, the seeds for a rock group with John Sebastian were sewn in January 1965. Joe Butler (drums) and Steve Boone (bass) were recruited to fill out the ensemble. They decided on the name, “Lovin’ Spoonful”, which was taken from a phrase in Mississippi John Hurt’s song, “Coffee Blues”.

It wasn’t long until the band had won a residency at the Night Owl in Greenwich Village and their producer Erik Jacobsen got them a recording deal with the newly formed Kama Sutra Records. Playing their own brand of folk-rock/good-time music, they enjoyed immediate commercial success. Their first 45, “Do You Believe In Magic”, reached number 9 in the U.S. and their debut album of the same name peaked at number 32. The follow-up, “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” peaked at number 10 and “Daydream”, their lazy, laid back celebration of love on a summer’s day, was even bigger, reaching number 2 in the U.S. and UK, becoming a million seller. Their second album reached number 10 in the U.S. and number 8 in the UK. They also had four cuts included on the Elektra compilation “What’s Shakin'”, including one called “Good Time Music”.

Their next 45, “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” peaked at number 2, but this was soon surpassed by what was arguably their finest moment, “Summer ln The City”. Notable for its atmospheric streetnoise sound effects, the record topped the U.S. charts for three weeks and made number 8 in the UK. It became their second million seller.

The Lovin’ Spoonful went on to appear on the soundtrack of the cult movie “What’s Up Tiger Lily” (No. 126 in the US) and their third album, “Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful”, peaked at number 14. “Nashville Cats” would be their last U.S. Top Ten hit, peaking at number 8, while in the UK, it climbed to number 26. They followed this with the heavily orchestrated “Darlin’ Be Home Soon”, which reached number 15 in the U.S. and number 44 in the UK. It would prove to be their last UK Hit. In March 1967, a greatest hits LP called “The Best Of The Lovin’ Spoonful” climbed to number 3 on the U.S. album charts. Their follow-up, “You’re A Big Boy Now”, their second soundtrack album, was their first taste of failure, peaking at No. 160.

http://www.classicbands.com/spoonful.html

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