Daydream

Album: Daydream (1966)
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  • This lazy, laid back celebration of love on a summer's day originated with John Sebastian's attempt to rewrite the Supremes' "Baby Love," though it turned into something quite different.
  • John Sebastian "We had no way of knowing what a nice long shelf life some of that material was gonna have. At the time, we were certainly aiming only for the next few months. That's really what we were trying for, a Top Ten record right now, right then. Everything else is unexpected." (courtesy: theharbinger.org.
  • This song started The whole New Vaudeville Bandwagon in the late 1960s of which Sgt. Pepper was the most well known example. This song influenced the Beatles, as John Lennon's jukebox included both this and "Do You Believe In Magic?." This song was a major influence on Paul McCartney's Beatles composition "Good Day Sunshine."
  • Films and TV shows to include this classic as part of their soundtrack include: 1989 film Field of Dreams, the pilot episode of the TV series Men of a Certain Age, 1994 film The War, the "John Lennon's Jukebox" episode of the TV series The South Bank Show, 1967's Poor Cow, and 1970 film Summer in the City.
  • One of our research team members ranted about something involving the Grim Reaper frolicking to this song in a TV commercial. Yes, that's a Jeep Cherokee commercial with the Grim Reaper enjoying a relaxing day off to the tune of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream", and anybody else suffering from the same fits of half-remembered nostalgia can now see it at that link and rest in peace, at last.
  • How authentic is the Baby Boomer street-cred of Lovin' Spoonful lead John Sebastian? So much so that he was born in 1944 in Greenwich Village, New York, and his tie-dyed denim jacket is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, since they were inducted into it in 2000.

    More trivia: John Sebastian is the godson of actress Vivian Vance, who played Ethel Mertz in the classic TV series I Love Lucy.
  • Other artists to cover this song include: Chet Atkins, David Cassidy, Art Garfunkel (on the album named Daydream - Songs from a Parent to a Child), Rick Nelson, The Sweet, and The Sandpipers.
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Comments: 10

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1966 {April 15th} the Lovin' Spoonful performed "Daydream" on the British ITV network television program, 'Ready Steady Go!'....
    At the time "Daydream" was at #23 on the United Kingdom's Official Top 50 chart, three weeks later it would peak at #2* {for 1 week} and it spent thirteen weeks on the Top 50...
    Between 1965 and 1969 the New York City-based quartet had fourteen records on the Billboard's Top 100 chart, seven made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Summer In The City", for three weeks on August 7th, 1966...
    Their only Top 20 record was "Darling Be Home Soon", it peaked at #15 {for 1 week} in 1967, and the song was featured in the movie 'You're A Big Boy Now'...
    Sadly, guitarist 'Zal' Yanovsky passed away at the young age of 57 on December 13th, 2002...
    May he R.I.P.
    * The week "Daydream" peaked at #2 on the UK Top 50 chart, the #1 record for that week was "Pretty Flamingo" by Manfred Mann...
  • Youbert from UsaA pie in the face for bein' asleep before dawn.
  • Tagteam from London, OnHave always loved this tune and everything by the Spoonful.
    Most lyrics sources credit Bacharach and David for writing, though.
    Any way to find out who really wrote it?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 7th 1966, the Lovin' Spoonful performed "Daydream" on the NBC-TV program 'Hullabaloo!'...
    Just under two weeks later on February 20th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #76; and on April 3rd it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 7 of those 12 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    The two weeks it was at #2; the #1 record for both those weeks was "(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration" by the Righteous Brothers...
    It the 3rd of seven straight Top 10 records released by the quartet; "Do You Believe in Magic" (#9), "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" (#10), then this one, "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" (#2), "Summer in the City" (#1 for 3 weeks), "Rain on the Roof" (#10), and finally "Nashville Cats" (#8)...
    Sadly, lead guitarist 'Zal' Yanovsky passed away on December 13th, 2002 at the young age of 57.
  • Matthew from Toronto, OnA very hard song to write, actually: a song about doing nothing at all, but being completely happy doing nothing, and making the listener want to do nothing along with you. A different time and place. Could never be a hit now, not in this era of multi-tasking.
  • David from New York, NyThis song was also the inspiration for "Sunny Afternoon," by the Kinks, although the Kinks went in a decidedly darker direction than the Lovin' Spoonful or The Beatles.
  • Valerie from Eureka, CaWow! I can't believe there are no comments about this band. They were a great 60's band. I know I am revealing my age but this was a great band. They didn't do anything spectacular or cause riots but their music was fun, happy and always enjoyable. I saw them back then in concert, John Sebastian did his own whistling in Day Dream and kind of turned to Zally afterwards with and expression of 'whew! I did it!' referring to whistling without any problems.
  • Richel from Santa Ana, Capaolo nutini does a marvelous rendition of this song...
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaJohn Sebastian perfectly captures the laziness of a warm summer's day! What a classic!!
  • Milton from Island, CanadaThis song is as fun to listen to as a pb&J sandwich on a cool autumn day
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