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Country Joe McDonald - 100% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 January 1942, El Monte, California, USA. Named Joe in honour of Joseph Stalin by his politically active parents, McDonald became immersed in Berkeley’s folk and protest movement during the early 60s. In 1964, he made a low-key album with fellow performer Blair Hardman, and later founded the radical pamphlet, Rag Baby. An early copy included a four-track record that fe Read more

The Lovin' Spoonful - 75% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Easy Listening Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Few US pop acts have gathered as much universal affection over the years as the brilliant and underrated Lovin’ Spoonful. Their back catalogue of hits is constantly repackaged and reissued as their stature increases. The band was formed in 1965 by John Sebastian (17 March 1944, Greenwich Vilage, New York City, New York, USA; vocals, guitar, harmonica, autoharp) and Zalm Read more

Tom Rush - 69% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Blues Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 February, 1941, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA. Tom Rush began performing in 1961 while a student at Harvard University. Although he appeared at clubs in New York and Philadelphia, he became a pivotal figure of the Boston/New England circuit and such haunts as the Cafe Yana and the Club 47. The self-released Live At The Unicorn, culled from two sets recorded at another of Read more

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Arlo Guthrie - 50% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 July 1947, Coney Island, New York, USA. The eldest son of folksinger Woody Guthrie, Arlo was raised in the genre’s thriving environment. His lengthy ballad, ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacre’, was the outcome of being arrested for being a litter lout in 1965. It was a part humorous song, part narrative, and achieved popularity following the artist’s ap Read more

Roger McGuinn - 48% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Joseph McGuinn, 13 July 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA. After a period playing at various folk clubs in Chicago, lead guitarist Jim McGuinn briefly joined the Limeliters before accepting a job as an accompanist in the Chad Mitchell Trio in 1960. He played on two of their albums, Mighty Day On Campus and Live At The Bitter End, but after a couple of years became frustrat Read more

Tom Paxton - 44% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Children's Music Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Richard Paxton, 31 October 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Paxton’s interest in folk music developed as a student at the University of Oklahoma. In 1960 he moved to New York and became one of several aspiring performers to frequent the city’s Greenwich Village coffee house circuit. Paxton made his professional debut at the Gaslight, the renowned folk haunt tha Read more

Harry Chapin - 38% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 December 1942, New York City, New York, USA, d. 16 July 1981, New York, USA. The son of a big band drummer, Chapin played in the Brooklyn Heights Boys’ Choir and during his teens formed a group with his brothers, Tom and Stephen. Immensely talented as a writer and film maker, he directed the Oscar-nominated Legendary Champions in 1968, after which he returned to music Read more

Stephen Stills - 38% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Blues Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 January 1945, Dallas, Texas, USA. This often dubbed ‘musical genius’ is better known for his work with the pivotal 60s band Buffalo Springfield, and for many years his association with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Neil Young. After the Buffalo Springfield’s break-up, Stills, at a loose end, joined with Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield for the million-selling 1 Read more

The Youngbloods - 38% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Fred Neil - 36% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 March 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 7 July 2001, Summerland Key, Florida, USA. An important figure in America’s folk renaissance, Neil’s talent first emerged in 1956 when he co-wrote an early Buddy Holly single, ‘Modern Don Juan’. He released a few solo singles during the late 50s, often using the name Freddie Neil. By the following decade he was a fi Read more

Tim Hardin - 36% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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J. Timothy Hardin, 23 December 1941, Eugene, Oregon, USA, d. 29 December 1980, Hollywood, California, USA. After spending an itinerant childhood moving around the country with his musician parents, Hardin enlisted in the US Marines and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his discharge he arrived in New York in 1962 with a full-blown heroin habit as a lasting legacy o Read more

Graham Nash - 35% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 February 1942, Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Guitarist/vocalist Nash embraced music during the skiffle boom. He formed the Two Teens with classmate Allan Clarke in 1955, but by the following decade the duo, now known as Ricky And Dane, had joined local revue Kirk Stephens And The Deltas. In 1961 they broke away to found the Hollies, which evolved from provincial status i Read more

Melanie - 31% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Poco - 31% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This stellar US country rock band formed as Pogo in the summer of 1968 from the ashes of the seminal Buffalo Springfield, who along with the Byrds were pivotal in the creation of country rock. The band originally comprised Richie Furay (9 May 1944, Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA; vocals/guitar), Jim Messina (b. 5 December 1947, Maywood, California, USA; vocals/guitar), Randy Meis Read more

Steve Forbert - 31% match to John Sebastian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 December 1954, Meridian, Mississippi, USA. Forbert played guitar and harmonica in local rock bands before moving to New York in 1976. There he busked at Grand Central Station before making his first recordings in 1977 for Nemperor and was briefly heralded as ‘the new [ Bob ] Dylan’ because of the tough poetry of his lyrics. Forbert’s biggest commercial succ Read more


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