Joe Butler

Joe Butler
Butler with The Lovin' Spoonful, Foxboro, Massachusetts, January 13, 2011
Butler with The Lovin' Spoonful, Foxboro, Massachusetts, January 13, 2011
Background information
Birth name Joseph Campbell Butler
Born (1941-09-16) September 16, 1941 (age 79)
Long Island, New York, United States
Genres Rock, psychedelic rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Vocals, drums, autoharp, percussion
Years active 1964 – current
Labels Karma Sutra
Associated acts The Lovin' Spoonful

Joseph Campbell Butler (born September 16, 1941) is a rock drummer and vocalist. He was a founding member of The Lovin' Spoonful.[1]


Joe Butler was born on September 16, 1941 in Long Island, New York. He was an original member of the pop rock band The Lovin' Spoonful, founded by John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky in 1964. He was given the lead vocals on the songs "You Baby", "Full Measure", Never Going Back", and "Me About You", while he was with the Spoonful. He later earned a role filling in the musical production of Hair. He also was in the 1971 rock opera Soon. Butler currently plays with several musical ensembles. He continues to perform with the Lovin' Spoonful playing the autoharp, with his primary role as lead vocalist. He also plays the guitar, and percussion instruments.

His daughter from his first marriage is actress Yancy Butler. Butler is currently married to Kim Ablondi.


  1. ^ "Names". Detroit Free Press. January 24, 2003. Retrieved October 28, 2010. ... protection relating to her father Joseph Butler the drummer for the 1960s. band Lovin Spoonful While in custody on that charge Butler headbutted a ...

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