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66 from '66 – L-R

The 66 records that built rock as we know it – all from 1966.

Our 66 from '66, L-R.

The Lovin’ Spoonful

Daydream

Kama Sutra single, March 1966

Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful

Kama Sutra, November 1966

“I can’t imagine a better time to be writing songs and making music than 1966,” said Lovin’ Spoonful founder John Sebastian. “It was a high-water mark. Part of the excitement was the competition. You just had to look around at Brian Wilson and Lennon And McCartney and John Loudermilk and all these Nashville writers and go: ‘I’m never going to kick this guy’s ass!’” 

But that year, Sebastian did just that, with a legacy-making five US Top 10 singles including Summer In The City and Daydream, and two hit albums that rivalled Pet Sounds and Revolver in their dazzling creative scope. Even more significantly, by filtering his literate, witty songcraft through an eclectic prism of rock’n’roll, country, folk, blues, jug band, Tin Pan Alley and whatever else grabbed his fancy, Sebastian showed us the future shape of popular music: a gloriously shaggy mutt. 


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