The Mamas and the Papas: A Look Behind the Curtains

Michelle Phillips, John Phillips, Mama Cass, and Denny Doherty. Photo by Globe Photos / Mediapunch / Shutterstock

(via musicoholics) By Alva Yaffe

The folk-rock classic group, The Mamas & the Papas, provided a delightful soundtrack to the decade of the 1960s with their catchy tunes “California Dreamin’” and “Monday, Monday.” John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty, and Cass Elliot hit their peak of fame in the ’60s and ultimately helped to define the music scene of American counterculture during that time.

Although they reached major success during their career together, life behind the scenes wasn’t always smooth sailing. The seemingly “groovy” era of free love and the sea of drugs that came with it took a toll on the band, both as a unit and individually. The drama that occurred during the mere five years of working together was enough to last a lifetime. With all the affairs, parties, drug abuse, break-ups and reunions, the drama had lasting effects that are still felt to this day. Even Frank Sinatra used his Mafia connections to send one of the members a special “warning.”

See what really happened with this bizarre yet talented group, whose music is undeniably worth listening to…

Read more: https://www.musicoholics.com/backstage-stories/the-mamas-and-the-papas-a-look-behind-the-curtains/

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