Joe Butler

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Joe Butler
Joe Butler and the Lovin Spoonful 2011.jpg
Butler with The Lovin' Spoonful, Foxboro, Massachusetts January 13, 2011
Background information
Birth name Joseph Campbell Butler
Born (1941-09-16) 16 September 1941 (age 73)
Long Island, New York, United States
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Vocals, autoharp, percussion, guitar
Years active 1964 - current
Labels Karma Sutra
Associated acts The Lovin' Spoonful
Website Joe Butler with the Lovin' Spoonful

Joseph Campbell Butler (born 16 September 1941) is a founding member of The Lovin' Spoonful.[1]


Joe Butler was born on 16 September 1941, in Long Island, New York.

Butler is a vocalist, and drummer, initially earned a role filling in the musical production of Hair. He also was in the 1971 rock opera Soon, which closed after three performances. Butler was one of the original founders of the pop rock band, The Lovin' Spoonful. After his thespian aspirations dwindled, Butler settled on playing with musical ensembles, and, while a founder of the Lovin' Spoonful, he continues to perform with them on the autoharp, with his primary role as lead vocalist. He also plays the autoharp, guitar, and percussion instruments.

His daughter from his first marriage is actress Yancy Butler. Butler is currently married to Kim Ablondi.


  1. ^ "Names". Detroit Free Press. January 24, 2003. Retrieved 2010-10-28. ... protection relating to her father Joseph Butler the drummer for the 1960s. band Lovin Spoonful While in custody on that charge Butler headbutted a ... 

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