“You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” is the second single released by The Lovin’ Spoonful, released in 1965. The song was featured on their 1966 album Daydream. It reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1966.
The band had its roots in the folk music scene based in the Greenwich Village section of lower Manhattan during the early 1960s. John Sebastian, who grew up in contact with music and musicians, was the son of a much-recorded and highly technically accomplished classical harmonica player. He had reached maturity toward the end of the American folk music revival that spanned from the 1950s to the early ’60s. Sebastian was joined in the Spoonful by guitarist Zal Yanovsky from a bohemian folk group called The Mugwumps, playing local coffee houses and small clubs. The rest is history. The band’s name was inspired by some lines in a song of Mississippi John Hurt called the “Coffee Blues.”
Unlike many pop groups of the day (the early Beatles being a notable and influential exception), The Lovin’ Spoonful played all the instruments on their records, and aside from a few covers, mostly on their first album, wrote all their own material.
So I present this song as another throwback to the good feeling times of 1960’s music and more importantly…it is for “those who have ears to hear.”