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JOHN SEBASTIAN

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$45.00 to $70.00
Date
Thursday
May 17, 2018
Time
Doors 7:15pm
Showtime 8:15pm
Location
Poor David's Pub (map)
1313 South Lamar Street
Dallas TX 75215

Sebastian was born in New York City and grew up in Italy and Greenwich Village

Sebastian grew up surrounded by music and musicians, including Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie, and hearing such players as Lead Belly and Mississippi John Hurt in his own neighborhood.[5][6] He graduated from Blair Academy, a private boarding school in Blairstown, New Jersey, in 1962.[7] He next attended New York University for just over a year, but dropped out as he became more interested in musical pursuits.[2][8]

Early career[edit]

In the early 1960s, Sebastian developed an interest in blues music and in playing harmonica in a blues style, rather than the classical style used by his father. Through his father's connections, he met and was influenced by blues musicians Sonny Terry and Lightnin' Hopkins (for whom Sebastian served as "unofficial tour guide and valet" when Hopkins was in New York City).[9][10] Sebastian became part of the folk and blues scene that was developing in Greenwich Village and later gave rise to folk rock.[11]

He played in the Even Dozen Jug Band and in The Mugwumps, which split to form the Lovin' Spoonful and the Mamas & the PapasBob Dylan invited him to play bass on his Bringing It All Back Home sessions (though Sebastian's parts probably did not appear on the album)[13] and to join Dylan's new electric touring band, but Sebastian declined in order to concentrate on his own project, The Lovin' Spoonful.[14]

The Lovin' Spoonful[edit]

Main article: The Lovin' Spoonful,  the American response to the British Invasion, and was noted for such hits as "Do You Believe in Magic", "Summer in the City", "Daydream", "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?", "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice", "Darling Be Home Soon", "Jug Band Music", "Rain on the Roof", "Nashville Cats", and "Six O'Clock".[1][15]

 

 

 

 

 

 In 1976, Sebastian had an unexpected No. 1 single with "Welcome Back", the theme song to the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter,[5] causing the label to rush the production of an album, also titled Welcome Back.[2] Despite the "monster hit" status of the song "Welcome Back", Sebastian expressed frustration that Reprise did not do more to promote the associated album, his last for Reprise.[18][50] His later albums have been released primarily on independent record labels. The song, Sebastian's only top 40 solo hit, found new life 28 years later when a sample from it became the hook for rapper Mase's 2004 hit "Welcome Back".

 
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