Welcome Back – John Sebastian – 1976

John Sebastian Welcome Back single cover 1976There we were listening to the young ‘uns talking about great American sit-coms from the distant past.  Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Full House, etc.  That’s when the older ones joined in.  “That’s nothing,”  said one “You should have seen Taxi.”  “Cheers,” shouted someone else.  “Bill Cosby Show,” said the next 70s survivor. 

Then someone starts singing, “Welcome back… your dreams were your ticket out…”

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  • Welcome Back, Kotter was an American television sitcom starring Gabe Kaplan, but which gave John Travolta his first break. It John Sebastian 1was produced from September 9, 1975, to June 8, 1979.
  • The programme featured a teacher who was given a class of difficult students known as “the sweathogs.”
  • Gabe Kaplan is still on TV – these days he is an expert poker player and features on programmes such as World Series of Poker and Poker After Dark.
  • John Travolta has gone on to even greater things!

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  • John Sebastian was originally known as the frontman for American Band, The Lovin’ Spoonful.
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful where inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and John’s distinctive 60s tie-dyed denim jacket is displayed there.
  • The band’s best known hits were, Do You Believe in Magic, and Summer in the City.
  • John began a solo career when the band broke up in 1968. He appeared at Woodstock.
  • John also has the distinction of being the harmonica on The Doors’ song Roadhouse Blues under the pseudonym G. Puglese. He also played harmonica on Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu.
  • Welcome Back was John’s only top 40 solo hit.
  • Many musicians have covered John’s songs, including: Elvis Costello, Dolly Parton, Helen Reddy, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, Slade, Joe Cocker, The Everly Brothers, Tom Petty and Jimmy Buffett.

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  • Welcome Back is the theme song to the television sit-com Welcome Back, Kotter.
  • Welcome Back was written and sung by John Sebastian and became a #1 hit on the US singles chart in late 1976. It sold over a million copies.
  • The TV show was originally called, “Kotter.” However, the producers liked John’s song so much that they changed the name of the series to Welcome Back, Kotter, to go with the song.
  • When John performed the song on Saturday Night Live (April 24, 1976), he sang the opening lyrics wrong – he’s been ribbed about it ever since.
  • The song has been sampled by at least three rappers in various songs.
  • Welcome Back lyrics.

welcome back – john sebastian – 1976 – video

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2 Responses to Welcome Back – John Sebastian – 1976

  1. Alan Gilzean says:

    Welcome Back Kotter was based on the English TV series Please Sir, which itself was based on the movie To Sir With Love, starring Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson and……Lulu

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