Vintage Video: Mamas & Papas (1966)

MamasPapas2Long before MTV, The Mamas & The Papas lip-synched through a truncated version of their signature tune, “California Dreaming” on The Ed Sullivan Show (click here) in December 1966. The single was released in 1965 and peaked at #4 in the U.S., one of 11 Top 40 charters they had in their all-too-brief, four-year career as a working folk-pop band. Had they been around 20 years later, they might have had even greater success and longevity. But John Phillips controlled things too much for certain members, and “Mama” Cass Elliott bowed out of the “family” in 1968. John’s “control” extended beyond his bandmates, as we’ve recently heard from his now-50-year-old daughter, Mackenzie. Is she waiting (at 7 years) obediently back stage for her Papa? (The Mamas & The Papas are in the Playlist Vault at DrRock.com).

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