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Nashville Cats

by

The Lovin' Spoonful



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This song is a celebration of the remarkable musicianship of Nashville, Tennessee guitar pickers who have been "Playin' since they's babies." John Sebastian held for the Nashville musicians in very high esteem. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
The lyrics refer to the Sun Records company. While Sun was best known for first recording Elvis Presley, it also released songs by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. (thanks, Ed - Cincinnati, OH)
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Comments (14):

I'm must be getting old (69); I forget to included in my below post, on the same day that "Nashville Cats" peaked at #8 on the Top 100, they performed the song on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
On January 22nd 1967, "Nashville Cats" by the Lovin' Spoonful peaked at #8 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on December 11th, 1966 and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
It was their 7th released record and last Top 10 entry; actually their first seven releases all made the Top 10...
1. Do You Believe In Magic (#9 for 1 week)
2. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice (#10 for 1 week)
3. Daydream (#2 for 2 weeks)
4. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? (#2 for 2 weeks)
5. Summer in the City (#1 for 3 weeks)
6. Rain On The Roof (#10 for 1 week)
7. And finally this one...
Sadly, lead guitarist 'Zal' Yanovsky passed away on December 13th, 2002 at the young age of 57...
May he R.I.P.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Recently heard an interview with John Sebastian, author of this song. He said that he and the members of the band, the Spoonful, were actually in Nashville playing some big huge mega concert and were in a bar drinking when a then unknown 19 year old guitarist named Danny Gatton took the stage and proceeded to rip them a new one via his guitar licks. He said there they were, big huge stars of rock and roll, slumming around, and here was this young kid playing circles around anything they had ever attempted to play themselves. Needless to say, Danny Gatton is now a guitar legend. You guys should check him out when you can. Awesome stuff!

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- Mark, Dallas, TX
Johnny, Los Angeles, CA...If you really, really like listening to The Loving Spoonful ; listen to their songs "Summer In The City" and "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" .. plus, John Sebastian song "Welcome Back" (Theme song from "Welcome Back, Kotter"). I think you'll like them. ( ^_^ )
- Chomper, Northampton County, PA
Sam Phillips expanded Sun Records with studios in Nashville.
- kizer, holly springs, MS
John (Dundee) I couldn't agree more. I was a little disappointed to see only a handful (5) of their songs here. I was hoping for the likes of Rain on the Roof, or Six O'clock, or Darlin' Be Home Soon, or She's a Lady, or The Dr. Said Give Him Jug Band Music, etc. *** Joshua (TwinCities) & Robin (Morrisburg) -- I believe Josh is right about pro teams named after *a specific song*. The Blues are named after a whole genre of music, and there is at least one other example of this -- the Jazz (NBA, orig. in N. Orleans, now in SLC, UT??). There is, perhaps, one more, although it's admittedly a (very long) stretch: poets of old used to refer to poetry as "song," and there is one pro team named after a poem--the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, after Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven. (Poe did much of his writing while living in Balt., and died there.) *** Andy (Custer, SD) You know, I always thought I was hearing, "the record man said everyone was yellin' some (or ", son,") record from Nashville," but your way makes more sense, now that I know about Sun Records.
- Fred, Laurel, MD
Hey Y'all,
This is about guitar players from Nashville.
Interestingly enough, one of the most successful session guitar players in Nashville is from bleedin' London. Albert Lee. I see from some comments that you haven't much experience of JS and the Lovin' Spoonful, go get it. Wonderful writer/human being.
- John, Dundee, United Kingdom
In reply to Joshua's comments, what about the St. Louis Blues of the NHL? They're not a major league team but the hockey team from Macon Georgia is known as the Macon Whooppee.
- Robin, Morrisburg, Canada
Sun records was in Memphis. However the song clearly states "the record man said every one was a yellow Sun record from Nashville"
Del McCoury Band's bluegrass cover of this song is brilliant, even better than the original.
- Andy, Custer, SD
Sun records was in Memphis, not Nashville.
- John, Mt Sterling, KY
I am 13. I am hearing this song for the first time and I like it. It sounds like Johnny Cash. The Lovin Spoonful are unique apparently, I haven't heard much of their stuff.
- Johnny, Los Angeles, CA
Arena Football's Nashville team is nicknamed the Kats, presumably after this song. It is one of only two North American teams in major pro sports to be named after a song (the other being the NFL's New Orleans Saints, after the traditional "When The Saints Go Marching In").
- Joshua, Twin Cities, MN
I love this song. Mostly because I am from Nashville and the lyrics describes the inhabitants of this great city perfectly.
- Leah, Houston, TX
Interesting, Ed.

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- Brian, Meriden, CT
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