One fourth of the Mamas and the Papas
Denny Doherty, one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, died Friday, January 19, 2007 at 66. The singer-songwriter died at his home in Mississauga, a city just west of Toronto, after a short illness. He had suffered kidney problems following surgery last month and had been put on dialysis.
The Mamas and the Papas were one of the first acts to have both women and men in one group at a time when most singing groups were unisex. The band was comprised of John Phillips, the group’s chief songwriter; his wife, Michelle; another female vocalist, Cass Elliot, and Denny Doherty. They took their name from biker slang for men and women.
The group burst on the national scene in 1966 with the top 10 smash “California Dreamin’.” Other hits followed, such as “Monday, Monday”, which hit No. 1, and “This Is Dedicated to The One I Love”. “Monday, Monday” earned the group a Grammy for best contemporary group performance in 1966.