Monday, September 19, 2016

Mama Cass: The Mamas & The Papas

Eliot in 1972

September 19 marks the birthday of Ellen Naomi Cohen in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1941. If you enjoyed the folk-rock evolution going on the mid-1960's, you know her as Cass Elliot or Mama Cass. It's difficult to imagine that Cass Elliot and the other members of The Mamas & The Papas - Michelle Phillips, John Phillips and Denny Doherty - could produce such a wealth of sound and harmony in the three years they were together. Much of their success must be credited to Elliot's bubbly personality, stage presence, and her marvelous, powerful voice. Her solo career was ascending rapidly in 1974 when she was taken from us far too soon by a heart attack following the completion of a two week run in London.

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