Downtown Music Publishing Signs John Sebastian For Solo Catalog
September 3, 2015 at 11:38 AM (PT)
DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING has signed a worldwide deal with ROCK AND ROLL and SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME inductee JOHN SEBASTIAN. The agreement covers selected works from his solo catalog, including his 1976 chart-topper, "Welcome Back," the theme to the television show "Welcome Back, Kotter."
The NEW YORK CITY native and the son of a renowned harmonica player found his roots in the GREENWICH VILLAGE folk scene, founding the folk/rock band THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL as singer/guitarist, joined by guitarist ZAL YANOVSKY, bassist STEVE BOONE and drummer-vocalist JOE BUTLER, scoring hits with "Do You Believe In Magic," "Summer In the City" and "Daydream," before JOHN left the band in 1968.
SEBASTIAN's unscheduled solo performance at WOODSTOCK in 1969 has gone down in history as one of the festival's most memorable and served to launch his successful solo career. In 1970, he released his first solo album, followed by a live album and three studio efforts.
SEBASTIAN was inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME as part of the LOVIN' SPOONFUL in 2000, and in 2008, was voted into the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME. SEBASTIAN lives in WOODSTOCK, NY, and continues to write, record and perform around the world.