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John Sebastian

"Yes, THAT John Sebastian."

John Sebastian's group, The Lovin' Spoonful, played a major role in the mid-'60s rock revolution and did something nobody has done before or since: they put their first seven singles into the Top 10 - at the height of Beatlemania: Do You Believe In Magic?, You Didn't Have To Be So Nice, Daydream, Younger Girl, Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?, Summer In The City, Rain On The Roof, Nashville Cats, Six O'Clock, Darling Be Home Soon, and Younger Generation.

Sebastian started as a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band and his skills on guitar, harmonica and autoharp soon made him a sought-after accompanist on the Village folk scene, working with Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, Mississippi John Hurt, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan and many others. After leaving the Spoonful, he bore witness to another turn of the musical zeitgeist with his performances at massive festivals like Woodstock and its English equivalent, the Isle of Wight. He has been involved in music for films, including Francis Ford Coppola's You're A Big Boy Now and Woody Allen's What's Up Tiger Lily and Broadway, but when producers of a TV show called Welcome Back Kotter commissioned a theme song in 1976, Sebastian's Welcome Back became a chart-topping solo record.

Throughout the '70s and '80s he continued to record and tour. The '90s saw John return to the group format with the J-Band, a contemporary celebration of his jug band heritage. John was inducted into the Rock " Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He continues to tour to this day. John is a past recipient of the WILS Traditions Award.