Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
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Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember, 1966
Recorded1966 at Bell Sound Studios and Columbia Studios, New York, NY and in Los Angeles
GenreFolk rock, pop
Length26:48 (original LP)
LabelKama Sutra
ProducerErik Jacobsen
The Lovin' Spoonful chronology
What's Up, Tiger Lily?
Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
You're a Big Boy Now
Singles from Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful
  1. "Summer in the City"
    Released: July 4, 1966

Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful is the third album (excluding one soundtrack album) by the folk rock band The Lovin' Spoonful, released in 1966. It peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.


Hums was a deliberate attempt by the band to record in a variety of styles. They composed and played in the pop, country, jug-band, blues and folk styles. It would ultimately be the last full project by the original lineup. It was recorded in New York with the exception of "Lovin' You' which was recorded in Los Angeles.[1]

The album managed to spawn four charting singles for the band, including the No. 1 hit "Summer in the City". "Rain on the Roof", "Nashville Cats", and "Full Measure" also appeared on the Pop charts, all but the last making it to the Top 10. Bobby Darin had a Top 40 hit with a cover version of "Lovin' You". Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash later covered "Darlin' Companion" in 1969 on Johnny Cash at San Quentin. Principal songwriter John Sebastian said of "Nashville Cats" -- which made No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- "We thought our version would cross over to the country market. It never did. So we're always kind, gee, well I guess that tells us what we are and what we aren't." Flatt & Scruggs took "Nashville Cats" to No. 54 on the country charts as a single.[1]Dolly Parton covered "Lovin' You" for her 1977 album Here You Come Again.

Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful was re-released in 2003 on the Sundazed label with bonus tracks consisting of four demos, instrumental tracks, and alternate versions/mixes of songs from the album, along with extensive liner notes. It was also released on CD along with Do You Believe in Magic? in 1995.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]

In his Allmusic review, music critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album "An emphasis on the parts of the album is a way of describing it as more a loose collection of disparate tracks than a unified effort, despite Sebastian's hand in all the compositions and his lead vocals on most of them. This was by necessity, but also by design, since Sebastian and co. went into the studio trying to sound completely different each time. They often succeeded..."[3]

Track listing

All tracks are written by John Sebastian except as noted.

1."Lovin' You" 2:29
2."Bes' Friends" 1:54
3."Voodoo in My Basement" 2:29
4."Darlin' Companion" 2:22
5."Henry Thomas" 1:43
6."Full Measure"Steve Boone, Sebastian2:42
7."Rain on the Roof" 2:13
8."Coconut Grove"Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky2:43
9."Nashville Cats" 2:35
10."4 Eyes" 2:53
11."Summer in the City"J. Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, Boone[5][6]2:45
Bonus tracks on 2003 reissue
12."Darlin' Companion" (John Sebastian Solo Demo) 2:23
13."Rain on the Roof" (Instrumental) 2:17
14."4 Eyes" (Alternate Vocal/Extended Version) 3:41
15."Full Measure" (Instrumental)Boone, Sebastian2:43
16."Voodoo in My Basement" (Instrumental) 2:40
17."Darlin' Companion" (Alternate Vocal/Alternate Mix) 2:25


Production notes

  • Produced by Erik Jacobsen
  • Engineered by Roy Halee
  • Photography by Henry Diltz



  1. ^ a b Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful re-issue liner notes by Dennis Diken, January 2003.
  2. ^ Allmusic entry for Do You Believe in Magic and Hums re-release.
  3. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  5. ^ "Summer In The City". Allmusic. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful". Allmusic. Retrieved .

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