Were The Lovin’ Spoonful the Original Choice for the TV Series That Became the Monkees?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the music urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: The Lovin’ Spoonful were the original choice for the TV series that eventually became the Monkees.

In 1966, in response to the massive popularity of The Beatles and their two popular films following the band on various madcap adventures, A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, filmmakers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider decided that they would try to do an American version of A Hard Day’s Night, only as a television program.

At first, the producers figured that the easiest way for them to do this was to get an already established band and build the series around them the same way that the Beatles had their films built around them.

They zeroed in on the Lovin’ Spoonful, as the band definitely had a certain zany, lighthearted spirit to them (“Do You Believe In Magic?,” “Daydream,” etc.).
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Did The Lovin’ Spoonful Get Their Name From a Sexual Slang Term?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the music urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: The Lovin’ Spoonful got their name from a slang term for male ejaculate.

As established here, The Lovin’ Spoonful did not get their name from a slang term for heroin. However, there is ANOTHER famous claim for the origin of the band’s name, stating that it is a reference to male ejaculate. And this claim is a far trickier one.

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Did The Lovin’ Spoonful Get Their Name From a Slang Term for Heroin?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the music urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: The Lovin’ Spoonful got their name from a slang term for heroin

Over the years, basically every band that has a name that is a bit peculiar has had slightly more sinister meaning attributed to the origin of their name.

The Lovin’ Spoonful, the popular American Rock ‘n’ Roll band from the 1960s, is no exception.

The band was formed in New York by lead singer (and the group’s main songwriter) John Sebastian, guitarist Zal Yanovsky, drummer Joe Butler and bassist Steve Boone.

The band became a smash success, with such hit singles as “Do You Believe In Magic,” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” and their biggest hit, the 1966 smash hit “Summer in the City.”

In any event, after the group became extremely popular during 1965-1966, a series of misinformation sprung up about the band’s name.

One popular rumor was that the name was a reference to heroin, as in cooking up a “lovin’ spoonful” of heroin.
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