Song Of The Day: The Lovin’ Spoonful – “Do You Believe In Magic” (1965)

Today we remember Zal Yanovsky, lead guitarist of The Lovin’ Spoonful, who was born on this day in Toronto in 1944. He is one of the most underrated guitarists in Rock history thanks to his incredible versatility and his sweet touch. His solo on this track is a textbook example of how tone and touch beats fretboard pyrotechnics every time. Blues, folk, Rock, bluegrass – Yanovsky could switch between styles with ease. He also had one of the biggest personalities in the early days of Rock, and his on-stage antics were a big part of the charm of the Spoonful. After three albums he and songwriter John Sebastian drifted apart musically, and Yanovsky was soon afterwards shunned by the Rock community for allegedly ratting out his dope dealer. But even that may have not been the reason he dropped out of the music scene to run a restaurant in Kingston, Ontario from 1979 until his death in 2002. The guy loved his freedom, he loved to eat, and he loved to entertain, and in the end he did things his way. May he always be remembered that way.

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