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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJohn Benson Sebastian

Mini Bio (1)

John Sebastian was born on March 17, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as John Benson Sebastian. He has been married to Catherine Barnett since 1972. They have two children. He was previously married to Loretta Kaye and Jean Webber.

Spouse (3)

Catherine Barnett (1972 - present) (2 children)
Loretta Kaye (1966 - 1968) (divorced)
Jean Webber (1961 - 1966) (divorced)

Trivia (9)

Founder of The Lovin' Spoonful.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 (as a member of The Lovin' Spoonful).
Sang the theme for Welcome Back, Kotter (1975).
His godmother was I Love Lucy (1951) actress Vivian Vance (who played Ethel Mertz), a close friend of his mother Jane Sebastian, whose name Vance mentioned on a number of episodes.
Mentioned in The Mamas and the Papas song "Creeque Alley".
Played harmonica on The Doors song "Roadhouse Blue" which appeared on their 1970 album "Morrison Hotel". However, due to the fact that he was signed to another label and the fact that he didn't want his name associated with the group's singer Jim Morrison, who was on trial for indecent exposure in Miami.
Was often mistaken for keyboardist Ray Manzarek of The Doors due to their strong resemblance.
Was not on the bill for Woodstock. He was there as a spectator. However, because several of the acts had not arrived and the stagehands were still sweeping up after a brief rainstorm, the promoters drafted him to perform in order to kill time.
Son of classical harmonica player John Sebastian.

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