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A Tale of Mama's and Papa's

Profile by Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, 30 April 1966

ONCE UPON a time there were four people. Actually there were more but you don't write fairy tales about the entire human race so let's just ...

The Mama and the Papas: The Morning after the Beatles' Night Before

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 June 1966

THE FIRST THING you discover about the Mamas and Papas is that they are not – although Papa John is married to Mama Michelle. The ...

The Mamas and The Papas, Simon & Garfunkel: Melodyland Theatre, Anaheim, CA

Live Review by Mike Tuck, KRLA Beat, 2 July 1966

Cass Goes to England 'To Get' Beatles' John ...

Secrets of Spoonful Hit Sound: 'Music is on its way UP!'

Profile by Derek Taylor, Disc and Music Echo, 23 July 1966

DEREK TAYLOR reporting: Hollywood, Tuesday ...

The Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel: Forest Hills Music Festival, Queens NY

Live Review by Robert Shelton, The New York Times, 8 August 1966


Cass Meets John

Interview by Jamie McCluskey III, KRLA Beat, 10 September 1966

THE MEETING of the Century has finally taken place. Yes, the Large Bird from America has finally made contact with the Chief Beatle of Blightyland ...

The Mamas & the Papas

Report and Interview by Jamie McCluskey III, KRLA Beat, 24 September 1966

OKAY, GANG — can ya picture this?! The scene is the NBC television studios where the Rodgers and Hart television special is being filmed (the ...

New albums from the Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 7 January 1967

Mamas and Papas next single on their new LP ...

Pop Eye — Ike & Tina Turner: 'River Deep, Mountain High' et al

Review by Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice, 23 February 1967


Lou Adler: Producer in the Groove at Picking Hit Records

Profile and Interview by Pete Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 19 April 1967

LOU ADLER, one of the best known and most respected record producers, is a defier of stereotypes: ...

Mama Cass: Andy Warhol And the Big Bird — Pop Pope Casts Cass

Report by Danny Fields, Hullabaloo, May 1967


Keith Altham Planes West to Cover America's Monterey Pop Festival and Cables This Day-By-Day Report

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 June 1967

WE DROVE to London Airport in Animal manager Mike Jeffery's Rolls-Royce while he dictated a few last minute instructions to assistant Tony Garland — "Ring ...

Monterey Pop Festival: The Hip Homunculus

Report by Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice, 29 June 1967

"The West is the best: Get here and we'll do the rest!" — The Doors ...

Mamas & The Papas, The Who, Jimi Hendrix et al: Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 1 July 1967

Who, Jimi win high praise ...

The Mamas and The Papas: Mamas And Papas Have A Feud On Their Hands

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 8 July 1967

"SOMEONE has just shot our gardener – I can't speak to you just now. Come up tomorrow," invited a harassed John Phillips, of the Mamas ...

Monterey Pop Festival: Mama Cass — 'I Want A Bit Of Freedom Myself'

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, 15 July 1967

BEAT: What's your reaction to what's going on here, Cass? ...

Monterey: KRLA Picks Up On The Action At Outasite Pop Festival

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, 15 July 1967

"THIS IS BEAUTIFUL...this is beautiful," Mama Cass laughed over and over again as she sat in the press headquarters on Saturday night at the Monterey ...

Beat Exclusive: Mamas and Papas Speak Out

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, 9 September 1967

THE GROUP that was mainly responsible for the amazing success of the Monterey Pop Festival was the Mamas and Papas. Leader John Philips, along with ...

Mamas, Papas Quit Pop

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, 21 October 1967

BEVERLY HILLS — At the swank Beverly Wilshire Hotel the four Mamas and Papas rectified the statement Ed Sullivan made on his September 17 television ...

The Mamas and The Papas: The Big Mamas And Papas Mystery

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 October 1967

NOW YOU see them – now you don't! The Mamas and Papas have cancelled their projected concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 30. ...

Big Mama Arrested by Scotland Yard

Report by Tony Barrow, KRLA Beat, 4 November 1967

SOUTHAMPTON — When the liner France docked at Southampton on Thursday, October 5, Mama Cass Elliot was involved in a series of fantastic quayside incidents ...

Mystery Surrounds the Mamas & Papas' Future

Report by Tony Barrow, KRLA Beat, 2 December 1967

LONDON — First there is a Mamas and Papas, then there is not a Mamas and Papas, and then there is! Confusion piled high upon ...

How Mama Cass Won The Will-They-Won't-They Split Saga To Emerge With A Monster Hit

Report by Alan Walsh, Melody Maker, 17 August 1968

THE LATEST episode in the Mama's and Papa's will-they-split-or-won't-they saga is a single by mammoth Mama Cass which seems certain to be a monster hit. ...

20 Revolutionary Singles, as requested

Letter by Geoffrey Cannon, unpublished, 28 October 1968


After The Split With The Mamas & Papas, Mama Cass' Broke, But Happy!

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, 1 March 1969

A ROARING log fire and its reflection in the pine-panelled walls gave the whole room a cosy reddish glow all ankle-deep in carpet and large ...

John Phillips: At The Bitter End

Report and Interview by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, 12 September 1970

IN THE mid-60s, when lots of weird and strange sounds were filtering across from California and the West Coast of America, one very hip vocal ...

Lou Adler: A Music Giant

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

LOU ADLER is a music giant behind the scenes. He started his career writing songs with Herb Alpert, but the partnership split up because Alpert ...

Mama Cass: Why 'Unprofessional' Mamas, Papas Had To Break Up

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 24 June 1972


Recalling the '60s With Mama Michelle

Interview by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 8 July 1973

I DON'T CARE how many superannuated Peter Noone groupies rushed the stage, Richard Nader's '60s nostalgia night was still a bomb, with a total lack ...

The Mamas and the Papas: The Best Of The Mamas and The Papas

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 23 July 1977

REMEMBER THOSE fabulous '60s? The protest marches? The draft card burnings? All those wandering boot heels? You had to swat the little bastards before they ...

John Phillips with Jim Jerome: Papa John (W.H. Allen/Virgin)

Book Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 6 June 1987


Blasts from the Past: Five veteran Canadian rockers recall their glory days

Report and Interview by Nicholas Jennings, Maclean's, 11 March 1996

CANADIAN MUSIC passes a milestone this year as the Juno Awards turn 25. To celebrate the occasion, this year's event (CBC TV, Sunday, March 10) ...

John Phillips — 1935-2001

Obituary by Ed Doheny, Rock's Backpages, 24 March 2001

Ed Doheny remembers the head Papa. ...

John Phillips: The Wolfking of LA

Obituary by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, May 2001

LIKE KEITH RICHARDS, WHOM HE often equalled in the extreme party stakes back in the blackout days of '70s rock excess, I always figured John ...

The Mamas & the Papas: Anthology (Universal)

Review by Jeff Tamarkin, MOJO, October 2004

Following their meteoric rise, the band that built the California dream would never sleep soundly again. ...

King of the Wild Frontier: Papa John Phillips

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Campion, Observer Music Monthly, 15 March 2009

IN AUGUST 1977, John Phillips was supposed to be recording the album with Keith Richards that would mark his comeback. ...

Henry Diltz: Caught in the Canyon

Retrospective and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 26 May 2013

He photographed the most enduring images of the '60s folk-rock stars who lived in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon. Now Henry Diltz stars in a documentary about ...

The Strange Vibrations of the Mamas & the Papas

Retrospective by Mitchell Cohen, Music Aficionado, 2017

THERE WAS a melancholy guitar, and then the voices came in: "All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey." That was the beginning ...

see also "Mama" Cass Elliot

see also John Phillips

see also Mugwumps, The

see also Denny Doherty

see also Michelle Phillips


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