Archive for The Mamas & the Papas

Denny Doherty

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery (NS) with tags , , , on August 4, 2014 by Cade

doherty1November 29, 1940 – January 19, 2007

The story of the eventual creation of The Mamas & The Papas reads like a laundry list of formations, break-ups and reorgs – just listen to their song “Creeque Alley” for a little insight. There are no fewer than a dozen band names that finally led to the group that famously charted Top 10 hits all throughout the late 1960’s. All you need to know here is that Denny Doherty of the Halifax, Nova Scotia band The Colonials (aka, The Halifax Three,) met Cass Elliot while touring the folk circuits. Denny seemed to always be there to fill in when Elliot or John Phillips needed help with a new lineup or a lost group member. Eventually, Doherty landed a permanent spot in The Magic Cyrcle…which became The Mamas & The Papas.

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Cass Elliot

Posted in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park with tags , , , on March 7, 2013 by Cade

Photo of Mama Cass

September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974

Known to the world as “Mama Cass,” Ellen Naomi Cohen, AKA Cass Elliot, was a singer and member of the American vocal group, The Mamas & the Papas.  Elliot’s voice can be heard prominently on many of their best-known recordings, including “California Dreamin'” and “Monday Monday.”

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