July 21, 2019
The Lovin’ Spoonful’s entrance into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was based on their series of smooth and polished fusion of folk and pop singles. Top ten songs such as “Do You Believe In Magic,” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” “Daydream.” and “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind” were perfect radio fare during the mid-1960’s. The last two songs reached number two on the Top 100 Chart.
The band went in a different direction with their fifth single. “Summer In The City” was a gritty, mostly rock song complete with traffic sounds. It proved to be their most popular song and only number one.
“Summer In The City” reached the top of the charts August 13, 1966, and there it remained for three weeks. It is a half-century plus song that holds up well.
July 10, 2009
John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Mama Cass and Denny Doherty were all members of the Mugwumps. From that failed folk group would come half of two of the pure pop groups of the sixties. The Lovin’ Spoonful and The Mamas and The Papas would go on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Lovin’ Spoonful’s first four singles releases were all hits and would be a fusion of folk and pop. “Do You Believe In Magic,” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” “Daydream” and “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind” all made the American top ten and were light and catchy.
Their fifth release was very different. “Summer In The City” was up-tempo rock ‘n’ roll that retained the pop sheen of their earlier releases. It came complete with sound effects and shuffle guitar. It would be their most successful release topping the American charts for three weeks in the summer of 1966.
The Lovin’ Spoonful would only last as a group for about five years but during that time they would create an enjoyable catalogue of releases. “Summer In The City” remains the highlight of their output.