The Mamas & the Papas: their lives, loves, and legacy

The behind-the-scenes upheavals of one of America's most successful folk rock acts

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26/05/23 | StarsInsider


The Mamas & the Papas were one of the most successful folk rock acts of the late 1960s. Comprising John Phillips, his wife Michelle, Denny Doherty, and Cass Elliot, the vocal quartet were responsible for creating a string of hit songs including 'California Dreamin'' and 'Monday, Monday.' But the music hid a darker side, behind-the-scenes upheavals that included affairs and heartbreak, breakups and reunions, and an alarming escalation of substance abuse. Later still, long after the band had split, shocking allegations of an incestuous relationship involving one of its members surfaced and turned the spotlight back on the group that was once considered a defining force in the music scene of the era.

Click through and be reminded of the Mamas & the Papas and their lives, loves, and legacy.

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