The Mamas and The Papas were one of the most successful pop groups of the 1960’s. With an extensive catalogue of hits, they set out to bring their unique brand of music to the masses and this they did in high style. Comprised of John Phillips, Denny Dougherty, Cass Elliot, and Michele Phillips, the group burst onto the national stage with the hit California Dreamin’ and continued to top the charts with each successive release. Creeque Alley and Monday, Monday have become classics that endure because their sound and their message is still relevant, forty years after their initial popularity.
Only Michele Philips now remains from the group. John Philips died in 2001 from complications of liver disease, as did Denny Dougherty in 2007, while Cass Elliot died from a heart attack in London in 1974. When the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the three living members reunited onstage with Cass’ daughter Leah Kunkle to perform a medley of their hits; the only time they ever had a reunion.
In a clip from The Hollywood Palace in 1966, the group sang their biggest hit Monday, Monday to a rousing ovation. There has never been another group like The Mamas and The Papas, and there never will be.