Lovin' Spoonful Coming to Riverhead's Suffolk Theater, 7/3
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Lovin' Spoonful are set to perform at the Historic Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, NY on July 3 at 8 PM. Led by two Long Island rockers, Joe Butler and Steve Boone, along with Jerry Yester, the Lovin' Spoonful is one of America's great national rock bands with numerous hits including Do You Believe in Magic, Summer in the City, Nashville Cats, You Didn't Have to Be So Nice, and Daydream. Notably, within a two-year span from 1965-1967, the group scored seven top ten Billboard charted hits in a music scene that included the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and the stars of Motown.
Because of the light and breezy feel of many of the group's songs, the Lovin' Spoonful were often placed into a category with "lighter" sixties groups such as the Monkees. However, The Lovin' Spoonful's music is unique in its blend of folk, rock, country, R&B - and even jug band.
The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 by singer John Mellencamp, whose speech focused on the group's standing as a uniquely American band during the height of the British invasion: "I know that the Beatles were the inspiration for the founding of the Lovin' Spoonful, but they weren't going to sound English. They were an American band.... each song unique unto itself."