Today is the birthday of John Sebastian (b. 1944).
I’m so crazy about the psychedelic pop jug band The Lovin’ Spoonful that ordinarily it would be hard to choose what song of his to post, but in a sense, for an initial posting about this great singer and songwriter in a sense my choice has been made for me. I talked about the group a little in my book No Applause and singled this song out for being particularly neo-vaudevillian:
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.