First showing up as part of the legendary Mugwumps
with Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot
in 1964, Yanovsky
was best known for being the "zany one" in the Lovin' Spoonful
. The Toronto native was busted for drugs in San Francisco and turned in his dealer under the threat of deportation, making his name mud in the hip circles, so much so that he quit the Spoonful
. He recorded one great single, "As Long as You're Here," and one totally demented LP before leaving music, though he showed up every so often in the early '70s playing second guitar with Kris Kristofferson
and at John Sebastian
moved to Kingston, Ontario and opened a restaurant, Chez Piggy, with his wife Rose. He died of a heart attack in December 2002.