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Monday, December 27, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Mama Cass Elliot was one of the best singers of her era. As one-fourth of The Mamas and The Papas, Cass helped put the group in ermine. Her vocals are always so easy to listen to because she had the gift of song. Any song could become hers once she set her sights on it.

Dream A Little Dream of Me became her best known solo hit. She was just getting herself off the ground as a solo artist when she died so unexpectedly in London of a heart attack. The single had gone into the US Top 40 and it was wildly popular in the UK. Cass could sing this one as if it had been written especially for her. She was superb.

In a clip from The Smothers Brothers show, Cass sings her biggest hit to Tommy Smothers in a scene set in his bedroom. It is funny and poignant and especially entertaining. Watching it now one finds it hard to believe that Cass has been gone since 1974. She sounds like she’s singing only to you as you listen. And maybe she is…


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