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RIP, Denny Doherty

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Smasher_Sloan, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Another great '60s voice is gone:

    Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas dead at 66
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    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (AP) -- Denny Doherty, one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, known for their soaring harmony on hits like "California Dreamin"' and "Monday, Monday," died Friday at 66.
    His sister Frances Arnold said the singer-songwriter died at his home in Mississauga, a city just west of Toronto, after a short illness.
    The group burst on the national scene in 1966 with the top 10 smash "California Dreamin'." The Mamas and the Papas broke new ground by having women and men in one group at a time when most singing groups were unisex. John Phillips, the group's chief songwriter; his wife, Michelle; and another female vocalist, Cass Elliot, teamed with Doherty.
    "Monday, Monday" hit No. 1 on the charts and won the band a Grammy for best contemporary group performance. Among the group's other songs were "I Saw Her Again Last Night," "Go Where You Wanna Go," "Dancing Bear," and versions of "I Call Your Name" and "Dedicated to the One I Love."
    "What made the group special was their haunting and sumptuous harmony singing," according to "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll."
    In 1998, the Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    The group's catchy sound was a blend of '60s upbeat pop and the folk music that had surged in popularity early in the decade. The song "Creeque Alley" told the story of their formation amid the musical ferment of the folk scene; among the other stars-to-be mentioned in its lyrics were members of the Lovin' Spoonful and the Byrds.
    But the group's heyday was brief and it disbanded in 1968 following John and Michelle Phillips' divorce. The members re-formed in 1971 for the album "People Like Us," but all hope for a reunion ended in 1974 when the 30-year-old Elliot choked and suffered a fatal heart attack while eating a sandwich in London.
    Phillips briefly re-formed the group in 1982 with Doherty, Phillips' actress daughter, Mackenzie, and Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane. The foursome toured playing oldies and new Phillips originals.
    In 2003, Doherty was co-author and performer in an off-Broadway show called "Dream a Little Dream: The Mamas and the Papas Musical," which traced the band's early years, its dizzying fame and breakup.
    "There's a part of this thing that if I'm not careful, I'd be just a blob on the stage crying my guts out," Doherty told The Associated Press at the time. "Everybody knows about death and dying and sadness, so it's an exercise in staying in the moment and not getting maudlin about your friends dying."
    John Phillips died in 2001 at 65.
    The Halifax-born Doherty started his music career in Montreal in 1960 as the co-founder of the Colonials, which later became the Halifax Three.
    Doherty made a solo album in 1974 and achieved a bit of immortality by both playing the Harbormaster and voicing all the characters for the children's TV series "Theodore Tugboat."
    (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    APTV-01-19-07 1630EST
  2. tyler durden 71351

    tyler durden 71351 Active Member

    Damn, Michelle Phillips is the only one left.
  3. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Swear to God, I know the whole thing about the joke, but I thought I saw a "Behind the Music" where it was said she died of a heart attack in her sleep and the sandwich thing was just a newspaper tabloid fiction.
  4. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member


    For whatever it's worth.....
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Snopes.com agrees with me, anyway.
  6. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Friday, Friday. Can't trust that day.

    I remember watching him on the Theodore Tugboat show when my child was very young, because it came on right before Telletubbies. I always wondered if it was the same guy.
  7. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    And I did call the AP national desk about a half-hour ago. They promised they would "look into it."
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    and on such a winters day..... RIP
  9. Jim Tom Pinch

    Jim Tom Pinch Active Member

    Well played
  10. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Old enough to remember them from the beginning.

    "California Dreamin'" is still one of the great songs of all time.

  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Agree - California Dreamin is one of the most beautifuly written and sung
    rock songs ever. I find the beat and lyrics very haunting.
  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite songs ...

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