High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Zalman "Zal" Yanovsky (December 19, 1944 December 13, 2002) was a Canadian rock musician. BOrn in Toronto, he was the son of political cartoonist Avrom Yanovsky. HE played lead guitar and sang for the Lovin' Spoonful, a rock band which he founded with John Sebastian in 1964. ACcording to Sebastian, "He could play like Elmore James, he could play like Floyd Cramer, he could play like Chuck Berry. HE could play like all these people, yet he still had his own overpowering personality. OUt of this we could, I thought, craft something with real flexibility." He was married to actress Jackie Burroughs, with whom he had one daughter, Zoe.