The Mugwumps

From: New York, NY, USA

The Mugwumps were a 1960s folk rock band, based in New York City, and are best remembered for featuring members of the Mamas & The Papas and the Lovin’ Spoonful. They released one self-titled album in 1967 along with two singles. The Mugwumps mostly played covers with some of their own material.

The origin of the band’s name is unclear. One source says that it was taken from the William S. Burroughs novel The Naked Lunch, while the liner notes for the 2007 re-release of the album report that Jim Hendricks claimed that the name came from music producer Erik Jacobsen. Denny Doherty claimed that the name came from his Newfoundland grandmother.

Cass Elliot and Danny Doherty would become half of the Mamas & the Papas, while John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky would form the Lovin’ Spoonful. Jim Hendricks formed the Lamp of Childhood, which recorded three singles for Dunhill Records. Hendricks also had some success as a performer and songwriter, writing the top 15 hit “Summer Rain” for Johnny Rivers, and the theme song “Long Lonesome Highway” for the TV show Then Came Bronson.

An L.A.-based band under the same name (there is no connection to the New York band) reached #127 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart in 1966 with a cover version of “Jug Band Music,” a song written by John Sebastian for the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Daydream album.

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From the 1967 album The Mugwumps

  • Do You Know What I Mean
  • Everybody’s Been Talkin’
  • Here It Is Another Day