At an age when many young kids would be more concerned with how to score the
phone number of that cute girl in Geometry class, Mark Sebastian wrote a song that
shot straight to #1 on the national pop charts. Mark’s big brother, John Sebastian,
was the frontman for the Lovin’ Spoonful, already permanent residents of the U.S. Top
Ten with a series of 1965–66 smashes that included “Do You Believe in Magic,”
“You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” and “Daydream.” After he played his sparkling newsong, “Summer in the City,” for his older brother, Mark’s life would never be the same.The tune became the only hit by the Lovin’ Spoonful to breathe the rarified air at the top of the U.S. charts in the summer of ’66.