Joe Butler was in the Air Force when he met Steve and Skip Boone and formed the Kingsmen, one of the top bands in Eastern Long Island in the early 1960's. After leaving the service in 1963, Joe headed straight for Greenwich Village where he began singing in clubs and recorded sides for a solo album on Mercury Records. Producer Eric Jacobson suggested that Joe and Steve Boone hook up with John Sebastian and Zal Vanovsky, and the Lovin' Spoonful was born.
The Spoonful became one of the most popular and influential American bands of the '60's, creating more than a half dozen albums as well as soundtrack music for the debut films of Woody Allen ("What's Up, Tiger Lily?," 1966) and Francis Ford Coppola ("You're a Big Boy Now,"1967.) In 1968, John Sebastian left the group. Joe, Steve and Jerry Yester carried on, releasing several charting singles and the album "Revelation/Revolution before moving on to their own projects in 1969.
After the Spoonful stopped touring, Joe Butler landed Broadway leads in "Hair," "Mahogany," and "Soon," collecting raves. Joe appeared in a half- dozen feature films, including "Born to Win" with George Segal and "One Trick Pony" with Paul Simon. He also composed music for many commercials.
Since the Spoonful reunited in 1991, Joe Butler has stepped out from behind the drums as lead singer, performing the classic hits, new Spoonful material and his own new songs.
Joe lives with his wife Kim in Greenwich Village, and is the proud father of actress Yancy Butler, star of TV series "Mann and Machine" and "South Beach" and films "Hard Target" and "Drop Zone."