Friday, January 19, 2007
Denny Doherty (1941 -2007)
Rock's first casualty of 2007 is Denny Doherty of The Mamas & Papas, one of the most popular groups of the 1960s. Although Doherty was the lead singer on most of the Mamas & Papas hits much more attention was focused on the flamboyant John Phillips who wrote most of their hits like "California Dreaming" "Monday Monday" and "I Saw Her Again" Upon the passing of Denny Doherty, actress-singer Michelle Philips becomes the sole survivor of the sixties trend setting group which also became famous for their remake of the Five Royals/Shirelles' hit "Dedicated To The One I Love" which was one of their few hits that was not penned by Philips. The group's female lead, "Mama" Cass Elliot died in 1974. Elliott was a successful solo artist with the hits "Words Of Love" and "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" The chart life of this group was very short, a meager three years, but in that three years period they were frequently on the charts and on the road. In 1982 Phillips formed a reincarnated Mamas and Papas with Doherty, his daughter MacKenzie Phillips and former Spanky & Our Gang lead singer Spanky McPharland. The intragroup relationships kept the Mamas & The Papas in the public eye in the same way as another two man two women sensation Fleetwood Mac, a generation later.