Steven Van Zandt Reveals Zal Yanovsky’s Most Disgraceful Public Moment

Steven Van Zandt, after a social media retreat, recently addressed the Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky’s mocking antics on live TV in 1967.

Yanovsky’s ‘mocking’ resurfaced when a user tweeted a Lovin’ Spoonful performance to Van Zandt. The video showed the band guesting on the Ed Sullivan Show and singing their hit, ‘Darlin’ Be Home Soon.’

The E Street Band guitarist replied to the tweet and praised Sullivan; then, he criticized Zal for mockingly lip-syncing to the song, which can be seen in the video from 1:00 and on.

Van Zandt wrote:

“I’ve said it before and I say it again, Ed Sullivan absolutely deserves to be in the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. I loved Zally but that happens to be his most disgraceful public moment. Making fun of that magnificent masterpiece because somehow inexplicably he never liked the song.”

Yanovsky’s dislike for the song, apparently, originated because the guitarist thought the lyrics were too sentimental. Still, Zal’s hatred for the track didn’t get in the way of it becoming a major chart hit.

You can see below to check out Van Zandt’s tweet and watch the Lovin’ Spoonful’s performance.