Zal Yanovsky

Zalman "Zal" Yanovsky (December 19, 1944 – December 13, 2002) was a Canadian folk-rock musician. Born in Toronto, he was the son of political cartoonist Avrom Yanovsky. He played lead guitar and sang for the Lovin' Spoonful, a rock band which he founded with John Sebastian in 1964. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996.[1] He was married to actress Jackie Burroughs, with whom he had one daughter, Zoe.

Zal Yanovsky
Birth nameZalman Yanovsky
BornDecember 19, 1944
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedDecember 13, 2002 (aged 57)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
GenresFolk, folk rock, rock and roll
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, restaurateur
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1964–71
Associated actsThe Lovin' Spoonful
The Mugwumps
The Halifax Three

Musical career

One of the early rock and roll performers to wear a cowboy hat, and fringed "Davy Crockett" style clothing, Zal helped set the trend followed by such 1960s performers as Sonny Bono, Johnny Rivers, and David Crosby.

Mostly self-taught, he began his musical career playing folk music coffee houses in Toronto. He lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a short time before returning to Canada. He teamed with fellow Canadian Denny Doherty in the Halifax Three. The two joined Cass Elliot in the Mugwumps, a group made famous by Doherty's & Cass's later group the Mamas & the Papas in the song "Creeque Alley". It was at this time he met John Sebastian and they formed the Lovin' Spoonful with Steve Boone and Joe Butler. According to Sebastian, "He could play like Elmore James, he could play like Floyd Cramer, he could play like Chuck Berry. He could play like all these people, yet he still had his own overpowering personality. Out of this we could, I thought, craft something with real flexibility."[2]

In 1966, he was arrested in the United States on a marijuana-related charge. In exchange for not being deported, Yanovsky gave up his dealer's name, and as a consequence was ostracized by the music community.[3] Returning to his native Canada, he recorded a solo album Alive and Well in Argentina (and Loving Every Minute of It). Buddah Records released the album in the U.S. in 1968, along with a single that did not appear on the album, "As Long As You're Here". The single (on which the B-side was the same track without vocals and recorded backwards) just missed the Billboard Hot 100, but fared a little better in Cashbox, peaking at #73, and reaching #57 in the Canadian RPM Magazine charts. Kama Sutra Records reissued the album in 1971 with a completely different cover and the inclusion of "As Long As You're Here".

While a member of Kris Kristofferson's backing band at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970, he had a brief reunion with John Sebastian;[4] Sebastian had been (apparently) unaware of Yanovsky's presence, and was made aware by a message passed through the crowd, written on a toilet roll.

He also appeared in the Off-Broadway show "National Lampoon's Lemmings" at New York's Village Gate. Although not an original cast member, he contributed a musical number "Nirvana Banana", a Donovan parody.


After retiring from the music business, Yanovsky became a chef and restaurateur, establishing, alongside his second wife Rose Richardson, Chez Piggy restaurant in 1979 and Pan Chancho Bakery in 1994, both in Kingston, Ontario. He had worked as a chef at The Golden Apple (in Gananoque, Ontario) and, in the mid-'70s, at Dr. Bull's (in Kingston). The success of Chez Piggy prompted the publication of a companion cookbook (The Chez Piggy Cookbook, Firefly Books, 1998) that was collected by fans. After Zal's death of an apparent heart attack in December 2002, and Richardson's death in 2005, his daughter Zoe Yanovsky (with actress Jackie Burroughs) took over the ownership of both eateries. Zoe also completed and launched another cookbook that Zal was working on, The Pan Chancho Cookbook (Bookmakers Press, 2006).


Yanovsky died on December 13, 2002 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada from a heart attack, six days shy of his 58th birthday. A funeral service was held for him in Kingston, Ontario on December 16, 2002.[5]



  • "As Long As You're Here" (Billboard #101, Cashbox #73, RPM #57)/"Ereh Er'uoy Sa Gnol Sa"—Buddah 12—1968


  • Alive and Well in Argentina – Buddah BDS-5019 – 1968
Raven in a Cage / You Talk Too Much / Last Date / Little Bitty Pretty One / Alive and Well in Argentina / Brown To Blue / Priscilla Millionaira / I Almost Lost My Mind / Hip Toad / Lt. Schtinckhausen
  • Alive and Well in Argentina – Kama Sutra KSBS-2030 – 1971
Same tracks as above, but also includes "As Long As You're Here" (side 1, track 6). Completely different album cover and liner notes than the original release.

See also


  1. ^ "Canadian Music Hall of Fame".
  2. ^ Rolling Stone obituary
  3. ^ Mollica, Gary. Biography in Allmusic
  4. ^ "The Lovin' Spoonful". Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  5. ^ Hinckley, David (December 16, 2002). "Yanovsky Death Recalls The Best Legacy of Radio". Daily News.

External links

Chez Piggy

Chez Piggy is a restaurant in downtown Kingston, Ontario.

Daydream (The Lovin' Spoonful album)

Daydream is the second album by The Lovin' Spoonful, released in 1966. It features two hits, the title track, which reached No. 2 in the U.S. Billboard Top 40 charts, and "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" (U.S. No. 10).

Do You Believe in Magic (album)

Do You Believe in Magic is the debut album by the folk rock group The Lovin' Spoonful. It was released in November 1965, on the Kama Sutra label. The album features the hits "Do You Believe in Magic" (U.S. No. 9) and "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" (U.S. No. 2).

Do You Believe in Magic was re-released on CD in 2002 with five bonus tracks.

Farewell Aldebaran

Farewell Aldebaran by Judy Henske and Jerry Yester is an album issued in 1969 on Frank Zappa's innovative Straight record label. It contains a wild mixture of styles, as though recorded by ten different bands, all featuring Henske's almost gothic lyrics and remarkable vocal range, which might lead one to think there were also ten different singers. Instrumentally the songs are held together by Yester's piano. The album, which has achieved a cult following, is also notable for its early use of synthesisers. Although the album got some good reviews it failed to sell in large quantities, purchasers possibly having been driven away by its sheer eclecticism.

Happy Sad (album)

Happy Sad is the third album by singer-songwriter Tim Buckley, released in 1969. It was recorded at Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California and was produced by former Lovin' Spoonful members Zal Yanovsky and, coincidentally, his subsequent replacement Jerry Yester. It marked the beginning of Buckley's experimental period, as it incorporated elements of jazz that he had never used before. Many of the songs here represent a departure from the binary form that dominated much of his previous work. The sound of the album is characterized by David Friedman's vibraphone, an instrument which gives the album a more relaxed tone than Buckley's earlier work. The songs are much longer than on previous releases and this style continued through to later works. The vocals on the album are more drawn out than earlier performances and this represents the beginning of Buckley using his voice like an instrument. The lyrics on Happy Sad represent a change as Buckley stopped working with Larry Beckett, his lyricist on the two previous albums Tim Buckley and Goodbye and Hello, and began writing the lyrics himself. Buckley's self-penned efforts stand in contrast to Beckett's occasionally political and literary-style work. Buckley would also go on to author all his own material on the following two albums.

Heavy Metal (film)

Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian adult animated sci-fi-fantasy film directed by Gerald Potterton, produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, who also was the publisher of Heavy Metal magazine, which was the basis for the film, and starring the voices of Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks, Martin Lavut, Marilyn Lightstone, Eugene Levy, Alice Playten, Harold Ramis, Percy Rodriguez, Susan Roman, Richard Romanus, August Schellenberg, John Vernon, and Zal Yanovsky. The screenplay was written by Daniel Goldberg and Len Blum.

The film is an anthology of various science fiction and fantasy stories adapted from Heavy Metal magazine and original stories in the same spirit. Like the magazine, the film features a great deal of graphic violence, sexuality, and nudity. Its production was expedited by having several animation houses working simultaneously on different segments.

A sequel titled Heavy Metal 2000 was released in 2000. A reimagining titled Love, Death & Robots was released in 2019.

Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful

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.


Janowski (masculine) and Janowska (feminine) is a Polish surname. In other countries it may be written as Yanovsky, Yanovskyi or Yanovskiy (masculine) and Yanovskaya or Yanovskaia (feminine). It may refer to:

Janowski/JanowskaAdam Janowski (born 1987), English rugby league player

Alice Janowski (born [?]), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player

Alina Janowska, Polish actress

Bronisława Janowska (1868–1953), Polish realist painter and publisher

Chaim Janowski (1867–1935), Polish-Jewish chess master, brother of Dawid

Claire Janowski, American retired politician

Dawid Janowski (1868–1927), Polish chess master, brother of Chaim

Gabriel Janowski (born 1947), Polish politician

Janusz Janowski (born 1965), Polish painter, jazz drummer, art theorist

Jarosław Janowski, Polish rower

Loretta Janowski (born [?]), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player

Maciej Janowski (born 1991), Polish speedway rider

Marek Janowski (born 1939), Polish-born conductor

Max Janowski (1912–1991), Polish composer of Jewish liturgical music

Mieczysław Janowski (born 1947), Polish politician

Piotr Janowski (1951–2008), Polish violinist

Werner von Janowski (c.1903–1978), German Nazi spy

Wioletta Frankiewicz (née Janowska in 1977), Polish runner

Wojciech Janowski (born 1949), Polish-born Monegasque businessman, diplomat and philanthropistYanovsky/Yanovskaya/etc.Aleksandr Yanovsky (born 1952), Russian football coach and a former player

Anna Yanovskaya (born 1996), Russian ice dancer

Avrom Yanovsky (1911–1979), Canadian editorial cartoonist

Igor Yanovsky (born 1974), Russian association football player

Nikki Yanofsky (born 1994), Canadian jazz-pop singer-songwriter

Rudolph Yanovskiy (1929–2010), Russian philosopher

Saul Yanovsky (1864–1939), American anarchist

Semyon Yanovsky (1788–1876), Russian naval officer

Sofya Yanovskaya (1896–1966), Soviet mathematician and historian

Vasyl Gogol-Yanovsky (1777–1825), Ukrainian playwright and poets, father of Nikolai Gogol

Vitali Yanovskiy (born 1996), Russian football player

Vyacheslav Yanovskiy (born 1957), Belarusian boxer

Zal Yanovsky (1944–2002), Canadian rock musician

Jim Hendricks (musician)

James Richard Hendricks (born February 10, 1940) is an American guitarist and folk musician.Born in Atkinson, Nebraska, Hendricks began playing guitar and lap steel guitar in his youth, and began performing publicly while working as a teacher in Omaha, Nebraska in the early 1960s. One of his shows was attended by Cass Elliot, who invited Hendricks to join her and Tim Rose in the New York folk group The Big 3. The group was successful playing The Bitter End, touring with comedian Bill Cosby and appearing on The Tonight Show.

Hendricks was married to Elliot in 1963, but the marriage was annulled in 1968. In 1964, Elliot and Hendricks started the folk group The Mugwumps, which included Denny Doherty, John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky. The group lasted eight months before Sebastian and Yanovsky formed The Lovin' Spoonful and Doherty and Elliot would become one-half of The Mamas & the Papas. Hendricks moved to Los Angeles and formed The Lamp of Childhood, which released three singles on Dunhill Records in 1966–67 without success. He improved his songwriting while with the band, and after leaving it wrote "Summer Rain", a hit for Johnny Rivers, and "Long Lonesome Highway", theme song of the television series Then Came Bronson.

Hendricks eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the 1970s and began touring with family and writing contemporary Christian music. Hendricks plays guitar, mandolin, dobro and autoharp and has recorded over 50 albums spanning a variety of styles, mainly Americana, country and contemporary Christian, including several instrumental albums for Benson Records and later Maple Street Music, a label he co-founded in 1996.

Lemmings (National Lampoon)

National Lampoon: Lemmings, a spinoff of the humor magazine National Lampoon, was a 1973 stage show that helped launch the performing careers of John Belushi, Christopher Guest, and Chevy Chase. The show was co-written and co-directed by a number of people including Sean Kelly. The show opened at The Village Gate on January 25, 1973, and ran for 350 performances.

The songs from the show were subsequently issued as a record album. A video of one of the original performances, National Lampoon: Lemmings: Dead in Concert 1973, was eventually made available several decades later.

Lorne Michaels has purchased rights to the show and plans a Broadway production with a new cast. The production will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and be a tribute to the late John Belushi. Christopher Guest will be the director. HBO will broadcast a video production after the Broadway run.

Pat LaCroix

Patrick LaCroix (born 1938), better known by his stage name Pat LaCroix, is a Canadian musician and photographer. His career began with some Canadian TV and radio; but not before he was part of The Four Winds vocal quartet with Gordon Lightfoot a fellow student at Westlake College of music in Los Angeles. He then formed yet another band, this time with Denny Doherty, Richard Byrne and Zal Yanovsky called The Halifax III. This group recorded two LP albums for Epic records in New York and performed on several national TV show in Canada and the USA, including Sing Along With Mitch and The Merv Griffin Show. In 1965, he began his commercial photographic career, and musically returned to his first love, singing Jazz. He has received more the 60 awards for his photography and in 2008 was awarded The Lifetime Achievement award by the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication. LaCroix is presently producing a coffee table books of photographic portraits of 100 of Toronto's world class jazz musicians

Satisfied (David Grisman and John Sebastian album)

Satisfied is an album by American musicians David Grisman and John Sebastian, released in 2007. The two met 41 years before this recording and were part of The Even Dozen Jug Band in 1964. The album offers a collection of traditional folk songs, mixed with originals by both Sebastian and Grisman.

The Best of The Lovin' Spoonful

The Best of the Lovin' Spoonful is a best of album of The Lovin' Spoonful hits featuring tracks from their first three albums. It charted the highest of the group's career, hitting number three on the Billboard chart.

The album also included 9" x 12" individual color photos ("Suitable for framing", as labeled) of John Sebastian, Joe Butler, Steve Boone, and Zal Yanovsky.

The Halifax Three

The Halifax Three (or The Halifax III), originally The Colonials, was a folk music band in Canada in the 1960s. The band performed in Toronto and Montreal before becoming part of the New York folk scene and recording an album.

The Lovin' Spoonful

The Lovin' Spoonful is an American rock band, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and well known for a number of hit songs in the 1960s including "Summer in the City", "Do You Believe In Magic", "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?", and "Daydream".

The Lovin' Spoonful Anthology

The Lovin' Spoonful Anthology is a compilation album by the folk rock group The Lovin' Spoonful, released in 1990.

The Lovin' Spoonful Anthology focuses mainly on The Lovin' Spoonful's 1965-1966 releases with a few obscure tracks such as "Pow!" from their What's Up, Tiger Lily? soundtrack and "Good Time Music", an early song found on a label sampler. All the band's biggest hits are included as well as a booklet with comments about the songs from John Sebastian.

The Lovin' Spoonful Greatest Hits

The Lovin' Spoonful Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the folk rock group The Lovin' Spoonful, released on Buddha Records on February 22, 2000. The album contains every Top 40 hit single enjoyed by the band in the United States including its only chart-topper, "Summer in the City." The original recordings were produced by Erik Jacobsen, and originally released on Kama Sutra Records.

The Mugwumps (band)

The Mugwumps were a 1960s folk rock band, based in New York City, that featured later members of the Mamas & the Papas and the Lovin' Spoonful. They released one self-titled album in 1967 and two singles.

Studio albums
Live albums

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