"And It's Magic If The Music Is Groovy"
LOVIN' SPOONFUL. Do You Believe In Magic? Souvenir handwritten lyrics to the hit song, signed by each member of the band. [with] Color photograph signed by each member at time of lyric sheet. Off-white card stock, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, undated (but June 1967 - early 1969), with the first verse to the song written in holograph by drummer Joe Butler in blue felt tip pen. Signatures below of John Sebastian (harmonica, autoharp, etc.), Jerry Yester (guitar), Steve Boone (bass), and Joe Butler (drums). With lovin' heart-in-spoon doodle by Butler below the lyrics:
"Do you believe in magic
in a young girl's heart
How the music can free her
Whenever it starts
And it's magic
If the music is groovy
If it makes you feel happy
Like an old-time movie..."
[Together with] an 8 x 10 inch color photograph, taken c. June 1967-early 1969, holograph signed in blue felt tip pen by each member as above and likely at the same time as lyric sheet. Both lyric sheet and photograph matted and framed.
Frame size: 26 x 17 1/2 inches; 660 x 445 mm.).
On July 20, 1965, Kama Sutra Records released the Lovin' Spoonful's first hit, Do You Believe In Magic, with music and lyrics by the band's leader, John Sebastian. It reached #9 on Billboard's Hot 100. The band followed-up with a series of hit singles and albums throughout 1965 and 1966. The Lovin' Spoonful became known for such folk-flavored hits as You Didn't Have to Be So Nice, which reached #10, and Daydream, which went to #2. Other hits included Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? (another #2 hit), and their only song to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100, Summer in the City (August 1966). Later that year, the #10 hit Rain on the Roof and the #8 hit Nashville Cats completed the group's first seven consecutive Hot 100 hits to reach that chart's top 10. The only other 1960s act to achieve that feat was Gary Lewis & The Playboys.
In May 1967, original guitarist Zal Yanovsky was compelled to leave the group because of a marijuana bust. A citizen of Canada, he was deported. Jerry Yester, a folkie who had been a member of The New Christie Minstrels and the Modern Folk Quartet, joined the group. In early 1969, with its commercial success waning, John Sebastian dissolved the band.
The original four members of the Lovin' Spoonful were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 6, 2000.
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