Denny doherty

Denny doherty

Denny doherty

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2 The Mamas and the Papas

After the New Journeymen called it quits as a band in early 1965, Elliot was invited into the formation of a new band, which became the Magic Cyrcle. Six months later in September 1965, the group signed a recording contract with Dunhill Records. Changing their name to the Mamas and the Papas,

en.wikipedia.org)In late 1965, Doherty and Michelle Phillips started an affair. They were able to keep it secret during the early days of the band's success. When the affair was discovered, John and Michelle moved to their own residence (they had been sharing a house with Doherty), and the band continued recording together. Eventually the group signed a statement in June 1966 with their record label's full support, firing Michelle from the band. She was quickly replaced by Jill Gibson, girlfriend of the band's producer Lou Adler. Gibson's stint as a "Mama" lasted two and a half months. (Source:

Due to fan demand, Michelle was allowed to rejoin in August 1966, while Gibson was given a lump sum for her efforts. The band completed their second album (titled simply, The Mamas and the Papas) by re-recording, replacing, or overlaying new vocal parts by Michelle Phillips over Jill Gibson's studio vocals. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

After a string of hit singles, many television appearances, a successful third studio album (The Mamas and the Papas Deliver in March 1967), and the group's appearance at the Monterey International Pop Festival (which had been organized by John Phillips and Lou Adler) in June 1967, an ill-fated trip to England in October 1967 fragmented the already damaged group dynamic. Elliot quit after a stinging insult from John Phillips (although she returned to complete her parts for the group's fourth album, The Papas and the Mamas, which was finally released in May 1968). By then, Michelle had given birth to Chynna Phillips (in February 1968) and a formal statement had been released announcing the group's demise. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

consisting of John, his daughter Mackenzie Phillips, and Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, which toured and performed old standards and new tunes written by John. Doherty later produced an off-Broadway show called Dream a Little Dream, which was a narrative of his perspective of the story of the Mamas & the Papas. It was well received and garnered favourable reviews. The show was in part a response to John's PBS documentary Straight Shooter: The True Story of John Phillips and The Mamas and the Papas. It featured music from the group and focused on his relationship with Cass Elliot. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

The Mamas & the Papas (1966) (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

The Mamas & The Papas Deliver (1967) (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

The Papas & The Mamas (1968) (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Denny Doherty was born and reared in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and began his musical career there in a local rock band, The Hepsters, while working in a pawn shop. He had started singing in public at age 15, on a dare by performing "Love Letters In The Sand" in a skating rink-turned-dance-hall. In 1959 he formed his first folk trio, The Colonials, and after changing their name to The Halifax Three, signed a recording contract in New York. After recording two albums, the trio broke up, and Denny linked with Cass Elliot as a member of her group, The Big Three, which later became The Mugwumps, the first folk-rock group. Cass and Denny later joined John and Michelle Phillips of The New Journeymen to become The Mamas and The Papas. In 1965 the group relocated to Los Angeles where, over the next four years, they turned out a score of top-selling albums and singles featuring Doherty and Elliot's lead vocals, including "California Dreamin'," "Monday Monday" and "I Saw Her Again." Upon the collapse of the group, Denny recorded two solo albums, and material for an unreleased third. (One of these albums reunited him with former Mamas Michelle and Cass as they sang background vocals for 1974's Waiting For A Song.). (Source: www.imdb.com)

Doherty played the lead in Andy Warhol and John Phillips' Man on the Moon on Broadway in 1975 and Doherty was cast in The Irish Art Centre's Juno and the Paycock. In 1978 he returned to Canada and hosted "Denny's Sho" on Canadian television. During the 1980s he reunited with fellow Papa, John Phillips in The New Mamas and Papas and toured the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Having returned to home in Canada, Doherty's many stage credits there include North Mountain Breakdown, Needfire and Paul Ledoux's Fire as well as The Secret Garden. Film/TV credits include "Pit Pony" and The Harbourmaster in "Theodore Tugboat." Denny was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996; The Mamas and The Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. In recent years, Doherty told the tale of his life with The Mamas and The Papas, in Dream A Little Dream which ran in Halifax, Toronto, and finally Off-Broadway in 2003. Doherty was married briefly to Linda Woodward in the early seventies with whom he had a daughter, Jessica. He lived outside Toronto with his other two children, Emberly and John, to whose mother Jeannette, Doherty was married for twenty years until her death in 1998. He died on January 19, 2007, following kidney problems. (www.dennydoherty.com) (Source: www.imdb.com)

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (as a member of the Mamas and the Papas). (Source: www.imdb.com)

Folk superstars Peter, Paul and Mary paid their own tribute to the Mamas and the Papas with their humorous 1967 hit "I Dig Rock and Roll Music.". (Source: www.imdb.com)

In 1998, the Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Source: www.imdb.com)

During the mid-1960s the catchy songs and close harmonies of the Mamas and the Papas were seldom out of the hit parade on both sides of the Atlantic. The group's male lead singer was the Canadian-born Denny Doherty, who has died aged 66. His colleague Michelle Phillips (now the sole surviving member) once described his voice as that of a "psychedelic Frank Sinatra". (Source: www.theguardian.com)

Next, Doherty joined forces with husband and wife John and Michelle Phillips, as the New Journeymen. Michelle recalled that "it was so incredible to sing with somebody who had such a beautiful voice because John and I were just little croakers". Early in 1965, Cass Elliott brought her equally vital vocal talent to the group and the Mamas and the Papas were formed. As John Phillips (obituary, March 20 2001) wrote in the song Creeque Alley, his New York musician friends such as Roger McGuinn (of the Byrds) and Barry McGuire (singer of the hit Eve of Destruction) had already headed west ("McGuinn and McGuire just a-gettin' higher in LA"); the Mamas and the Papas decided to follow suit. (Source: www.theguardian.com)

In Los Angeles, the Mamas and the Papas linked up with the producer Lou Adler. Under his guidance, the Mamas and the Papas had six Top 20 hits in America in two years, beginning with California Dreamin' on which Doherty's pure tenor and jazz flautist Bud Shank perfectly conveyed John Phillips's paean to the west coast. This was followed by Monday, Monday, I Saw Her Again, the vaudeville-styled Words of Love, the lush 1950s ballad Dedicated to the One I Love, and Creeque Alley. Monday, Monday, perhaps the finest moment of Doherty's recording career, won a Grammy award as Best Contemporary Group Performance of 1966. The group enjoyed similar success in Britain where California Dreamin' became a hit all over again after it was used in a commercial in 1997. Although John Phillips was the group's principal songwriter, Doherty co-wrote I Saw Her Again and Got a Feeling. (Source: www.theguardian.com)

Mama Cass launched herself on a solo career, while Michelle Phillips moved into acting and John and Denny each recorded solo albums. Denny's Waiting For a Song was the last album Cass sang on before her death in London in 1974. In 1975 Doherty made his acting debut in Man on the Moon, a Broadway show created by Phillips and Andy Warhol. (Source: www.theguardian.com)

Despite the dissolution of the group, there remained a public demand for the Mamas and the Papas. There was a brief reunion to record an album in 1971, but the Mamas and Papas did not appear again on stage until 1982 when Doherty and John Phillips toured with two new members, Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane (from the 1960s group Spanky and Our Gang) and the Phillips's daughter, McKenzie. In later line-ups of the group Doherty was replaced by Scott McKenzie, whose John Phillips-composed San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) had been a hippie anthem. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. (Source: www.theguardian.com)

Doherty had returned to Canada in 1978 and played a variety of roles in TV dramas and films including Elvis Presley's father in Elvis Meets Nixon. His most enduring role was as the Harbour Master, narrator of a children's television series Theodore Tugboat. He also memorialised the Mamas and the Papas in an autobiographical stage show, Dream a Little Dream, co-written with Paul Ledoux. (Source: www.theguardian.com)

Maritimer Denny Doherty was a renowned Canadian singer, songwriter and musician. He is most widely known as a founding member of perhaps the most iconic folk group of the 1960s, The Mamas & the Papas. (Source: canadianmusichalloffame.ca)

Born in Halifax, N.S., in 1940, Doherty formed his first folk trio at the age of 19. Named The Colonials, the group played across Canada and, after changing the name to The Halifax Three, signed a recording contract in New York. After the trio broke up Doherty joined Cass Elliot as a member of her group, The Big Three. Inspired by the Beatles, The Big Three recruited Zal Yanovsky and John Sebastian and changed its name to The Mugwumps. Although the folky, rocking Mugwumps broke new ground, a record release was not forthcoming and the band split up. While Sebastian and Yanosky went on to form The Lovin’ Spoonful, Elliot and Doherty joined up with fellow folkies John and Michelle Phillips to become The Mamas & the Papas. (Source: canadianmusichalloffame.ca)

Success shone brightly on the group after a move to Los Angeles in 1965. With top-selling albums and singles such as “California Dreamin’,” “Monday Monday,” and “I Saw Her Again,” The Mamas & the Papas were one of the biggest bands in rock ‘n’ roll from 1965 to ’67. The group had nine top-40 hits during this time (six reached the top five) and albums included debut If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, which went to No.1, The Mamas & the Papas which reached No.4, Deliver, which hit No.2 and the compiled-hit LP Farewell to the First Golden Era, which reached No.5. (Source: canadianmusichalloffame.ca)

canadianmusichalloffame.ca)The Mamas & the Papas reunited in the early ’80s – apart from Elliot, who passed away in 1974 – with original members Doherty and John Phillips, plus Spanky McFarlane and Phillips’ daughter, Mackenzie. Doherty continued to perform occasionally with the group, squeezing in appearances between theatre engagements such as Fire and The Secret Garden and tapings of the hit children’s TV show, Theodore Tugboat. (Source:

Denny Doherty, a founding member of the 1960s folk-pop band the Mamas and the Papas, died yesterday at his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He was 66. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

The Mamas and the Papas had another reunion in the early ’80s, with Mr. Phillips, Mr. Doherty, Mr. Phillips’s daughter Mackenzie and Elaine (Spanky) McFarlane. (Source: www.nytimes.com)



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