Zal Yanovsky guitarist for The Lovin’ Spoonful Remembered

Zal Yanovsky

Zal Yanovsky

Zal Yanovsky Death Article from The Lovin’ Spoonful.

Zal Yanovsky (December 19, 1944 – December 13, 2002) was a Canadian rock musician. Born in Toronto, he was the son of political cartoonist Avrom Yanovsky. He played lead guitar and sang for the Lovin’ Spoonful, a rock band which he founded with John Sebastian in 1964. According to Sebastian, “He could play like Elmore James, he could play like Floyd Cramer, he could play like Chuck Berry. He could play like all these people, yet he still had his own overpowering personality. Out of this we could, I thought, craft something with real flexibility.” He was married to actress Jackie Burroughs, with whom he had one daughter, Zoe.

Zal Yanovsky Death

Yanovsky died on December 13, 2002 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada from a heart attack. A funeral service was held for him in Kingston, Ontario on December 16, 2002.

The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American pop rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. When asked about his band, leader John Sebastian said it sounded like a combination of “Mississippi John Hurt and Chuck Berry,” prompting his friend, Fritz Richmond, to suggest the name “Lovin’ Spoonful” from a line in Hurt’s song, “Coffee Blues”.

“Do You Believe In Magic” became a Top Ten hit in the US, and the band followed it up with a series of hit singles and albums throughout 1965 and 1966, all produced by Jacobsen. The Lovin’ Spoonful became known for such folk-flavored pop hits as “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”, which reached #10, and “Daydream”, which went to #2, on the Hot 100.” Other hits included “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind” (another #2 hit) and their only song to reach #1 on the Hot 100, “Summer in the City” (13–27 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 is Gary Lewis & The Playboys.

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