|Genre||Psychedelic pop, Folk rock|
|Years Active||1965 – 1968 1971 – 1972|
Doherty, Cass Elliot, John Phillips
Michelle Phillips, Jill Gibson
|Associated Groups||The Journeymen, The Mugwumps, The Big 3|
four members of The Mamas and The Papas were:
their two previous folk groups, The Mugwumps and The New Journeymen
split up, Denny Doherty, John Phillips and his wife Michelle Phillips
formed a new group. Cass Elliot became the last member to join. John
Phillips had met his future The Mamas & the Papas bandmates Denny
Doherty and Cass Elliot in Greenwich Village in the early 60s. The
fourth member of the group, Michelle Gillian, he had met in California.
Michelle and John were married from 1962 until 1970. Lyrics of their
song "Creeque Alley” describe this period.
Phillips was the primary songwriter and musical arranger of The Mamas
& the Papas. Early in the band's history, John and Michelle were
responsible for writing most of the band's songs. John would often come
up with a melody and some lyrics and Michelle would help him complete
the lyrical portion of the song. After being signed to Dunhill Records,
they had several Billboard Top Ten hits during the group's short
The group's popularity rivaled that of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the late sixties. Although the band lasted only several short years with five studio albums, the music is recognized today as some of the greatest pop of the 20th century.
Mamas & the Papas were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
in 1998 and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.
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