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Growing up in the New York City area at the time, the group's name may have been a double entendre to some, but those references would be hard to detect in the lyrics or public behavior of the Lovin' Spoonful musicians. This made it easier to obtain parental permission to see them perform live in the Village than to see other musical acts in the same years with names suggesting psychedelic experience. This was smart marketing. I do hope the group's entry in Wikipedia is expanded, and might answer, for example, why Buddha Records/Kama Sutra had such perfectly abyssmal studio sound recording and production for such a capable group of musicians? The CD sound quality is no better than the vinyl - and that sounded muddy, at best. Surely their musical contemporaries noticed and said something? Crusaderrabbits (talk) 20:33, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

So true... you can listen to the great album Hums of... and hear distortion all over the place. I read somewhere that a lot of their master tapes were lost too.Airproofing (talk) 15:27, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Misc old comments[edit]

I was listening to Dr. Demento, I have recorded a show where he covered a number of songs written about coffee and had commented about the son Missippi John Hurt song that he played where John repeats "By the Loovin Spoo-onnfu". I moved the reference toward the top so people would know the origins of the band name..

All of my dears friends and fans of Lovin Spoonful, are you forgot the great solo named "Lonely"? This music is the reason of my interest to play harmonica a long time a go.

Oh, yes! Another excellent song! The main article should be edited so that a complete chronology of all of the Lovin' Spoonful's songs (and not just their albums) are accurately described here.

...but I learned...[edit]

Way back in high school, in history of music class, I'd swear we learned that Lovin' Spoonful was a reference to the amount of ejaculate from an average male orgasm.

I couldn't find this exact info on a quick net search, but from the Story about The Lovin' Spoonful page[1] I found the following: "The name Lovin' Spoonful' came from a line in Mississippi John Hurt's song 'Coffee Blues' and had a sexual reference rather than a drug connection, as many believed at the time."

While not definitive, it does lend support to the theory... 23:40, 7 December 2005 (UTC)Thanks, Janman

summer in the city[edit]

Can't help, I think "Summer in the City" is by the Spencer Davis Group?

They may have done a live version of it, but "(Hot Town) Summer in the City" is definitely Lovin' Spoonful material. The bluesy riffs, on the other hand, that Spencer Davis Group is famous for, might have given birth to a highly similar song but without more information, it's hard to speculate which one it might be. It probably wouldn't have the mix with traffic noise and honking that the Lovin' Spoonful version has.

How about a list of 45s in contrast to albums?[edit]

The main article could be improved if the discography were edited to list the songs that came out on A-sides or B-sides of 45s, and which came out in LPs or albums.

On the other hand, some record companies released so many combinations of songs on 45s, it might be unnecessarily laborious having to type that much information in. Is this the case for the Lovin' Spoonful?

The Daydream (song) Wikilink[edit]

Seems inaccurate. Is it the same song? Anchoress 05:45, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

Citations & References[edit]

See Wikipedia:Footnotes for an explanation of how to generate footnotes using the <ref(erences/)> tags Nhl4hamilton (talk) 06:03, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

Can someone get a picture of them in their heyday please? It would be better than another tired comeback tour...--MacRusgail (talk) 22:54, 11 August 2008 (UTC)


The song "Money" as recorded by the Lovin' Spoonful does not feature typewriter percussion. Rather, it is an entirely different song entitled "Money" by Pink Floyd that contains the sound of a typewriter.```` —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sandybeach2 (talkcontribs) 17:32, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

You may be in error. I am not familiar with the tune by the Lovin' Spoonful, but Roger Waters describes in some detail how the sounds were derived for their song Money - from the Eagle Rock DVD release on the DSOTM album, a part of their Classic Album series. It does not include a typewriter. The sound you are referencing is the cash register sound he used along with the sound of tearing a piece of paper and throwing coins into a large mixing bowl his then wife used for her pottery work.THX1136 (talk) 16:10, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

"Nashville Cats" was not a crossover country hit for TLS[edit]

This article contains the undocumented claim, "They even had a crossover hit, as "Nashville Cats", a number eight pop hit, reached the country charts." But the article about the album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful contains the following quote from John Sebastian stating that it was not:

Principal songwriter John Sebastian said of "Nashville Cats" — which made No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 — "We thought our version would cross over to the country market. It never did. So we're always kind, gee, well I guess that tells us what we are and what we aren't." Flatt & Scruggs took "Nashville Cats" to No. 54 on the country charts as a single.

That quotation is attributed to the liner notes of the album's 2003 re-release, while the contradictory claim in this article is unsubstantiated. Therefore I am deleting the sentence from this article which claims that the song was a crossover hit for The Lovin' Spoonful.--Jim10701 (talk) 15:30, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

The Spoonful as Narcs[edit]

I am surprised that no one has included something on the controversy in 1966± where the bandmembers were naively put in the position of acting as narcs. It was a really big deal at the time, and the band got a bad rap over it. If I ever get around to it, I will include something. Shocking Blue (talk) 20:20, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

Fine, but be 100% certain you also add a reliable reference if you do place any text about such a thing, else, sadly, true or not, your work there would be necessarily reverted, per WP:MOS. I recall some such rumor about Gregg Allman from my older friends in 1973. SIGH. People will always be people, no matter how talented or high profile. --Leahtwosaints (talk) 20:05, 7 May 2011 (UTC)
I think it was actually Cher who narced on Gregg Allman actually – ostenibly to help him get off drugs. I don't know enough about that one to really say though. Shocking Blue (talk) 13:57, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
Now a reference showing that about Gregg Allman would certainly be interesting. Do share on his biography if you find a solid reference! I was for a time lead editor on the Derek Trucks article, which, at times, bled into other musicians' bios, though lately, I keep getting distracted cleaning up after other editors. The biggest reason I dislike handling controversial info here, since, all it would take for a pissed off musician with a good lawyer and giant balance in the bank, would be to sue the Wikipedia for libel and much worse. A solid reminder needs to be sent to all editors who think is OK to enter any text, especially based on hearsay or less violating WP:OR without citing such text (esp. those who are biographies of living persons) !! All or a substantial amount of what we've worked so hard to create here (assuming we all have the same goal of providing a free online encyclopedia) could be lost in one fell swoop. Keeps my butt in line as much as I'm aware now. It's why I prefer that all editors register. It protects them better than an IP address would, less vandalism when they are identifiable, and makes it easier to see if we are all on the same page. (No pun intended! Well, maybe). Giggle. --Leahtwosaints (talk) 14:27, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

Needs a separate discography page[edit]

Needs a separate discography article, as this is just a long list of his work on the page. --Leahtwosaints (talk) 14:55, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

It is widely believed[edit]

by folks such as myself that Gary Chester played on at least Do You Believe In Magic (song), thus making this sentence

"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."

null and void. Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 02:24, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

If you have a suitable reliable source to cite that information, please feel free to do the edit. If there is no reliable source to cite a "citation needed" tag would be more appropriate. Thanks!THX1136 (talk) 16:22, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
This is a fact widely known by drummer historians but here is one source, [[2]], but do a google search and get a dozen more if you don't like this one. Carptrash (talk) 18:03, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
My point was to encourage you to do the edit to the article to include this information if you feel it is worthy. No worries either way (I have no vested interest in the article other than that it be accurate and complete). Thanks for your input!THX1136 (talk) 15:20, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Sorry for missing your point. I need very little encouragement. I took that sentence out months ago. Carptrash (talk) 15:25, 21 October 2014 (UTC)