In 1991, after a long-awaited settlement with their record company, Joe Butler and Steve Boone, newer members of the band (replacing John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, etc.) decided to start up the Lovin’ Spoonful again with Jerry Yester. They were joined by Jerry’s brother, Jim Yester (vocals and guitar), formerly of The Association. John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky declined to participate. In March 1992 drummer John Marrella was added to the band to allow Joe Butler to concentrate on vocals. After a two-month rehearsal in the Berkshire Mountains, the group started touring, with Joe Butler now the most common lead singer. Keyboardist David Jayco was added in June 1992. Jim Yester left this new grouping in March 1993 and was replaced by guitarist Randy Chance. Jerry’s daughter, Lena Yester (vocals and keyboards), replaced David Jayco at the same time. Randy Chance was sacked in June 1993 and was not replaced. Mike Arturi replaced John Marrella on drums in March 1997 and Phil Smith joined on guitar in 2000 replacing Lena Yester.
The original four members of the Lovin’ Spoonful were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 6, 2000. All four original members appeared at the ceremony and performed “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?”.
Yanovsky died in 2002. Sebastian has stated that he no longer wishes to perform with the remaining members of the group because he wanted to move on when he left the group. (Wikipedia)
With all that is going on in the news these days about paedophelia and the reason for this song choice, Jerry Yester was fired from the group in 2017 after being arrested on 30 counts of child pornography.
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