"The Mamas & the Papas": amazing facts about the group

Today, the project has a worldwide circulation of more than 40 million copies, but in the end, "The Mamas & the Papas" became the epitome of hippies, free love and forbidden pleasures...

We talk about "The Mamas & the Papas": stories and facts that seem to be fiction

"The Mamas & the Papas" - the legendary vocal group from Los Angeles, which was unrealistically popular in 1960's. In those years, the band was a defining force in the counterculture music scene. It included prominent performers: John and Michelle Phillips, Cass Elliot and Danny Doherty. Nevertheless, the leader in every sense of the word has always been John.

Today, the global circulation of the project is more than 40 million copies, but ultimately The Mamas & the Papas became the epitome of hippies, free love, and forbidden pleasures. Their musical chemistry made the band a cult hit, spawning a huge hit. "California Dreamin'". But the difficult relationship between the members put an end to their union after just three years.

love confusion

Group "The Mamas & the Papas"
Group "The Mamas & the Papas"

John and Michelle met when the first was married, and the second was just a teenager earning a living with his body - young Michelle conquered model business. In the end, John left his wife and connected life with the charming Michelle, who soon became part of his trio. "New Journeymen". But when the era came "The Mamas & the Papas", Michelle developed a passion for Danny Doherty.

Group "The Mamas & the Papas"
Group "The Mamas & the Papas"

And she was mutual. In turn, Cass Elliot was in love with Doherty, but her feelings remained unanswered.

John learned about his wife's adventures and that, in addition to Doherty, Michelle had an affair with Gene Clark from "The Byrds"! He kicked her out of the group, but later took her back, because without Michelle the Mamas & the Papas project could not exist.

“Cass loved me, I loved Michelle, John loved Michelle, Michelle loved me and wanted freedom ... This confusing situation led to the breakup of the group,” Doherty once said.

John had a relationship with his own daughter

Mackenzie and John Phillips
Mackenzie and John Phillips

This story became public after John's death. His daughter Mackenzie Phillips presented an autobiography to the public, in which she claimed that there was a sexual relationship between her and her father.

“The first time we had this was before my wedding to Jeff (Sessler). We were not sober and under substances,” the woman wrote.

According to Mackenzie, relationships of this nature lasted ten years! The public was divided into two camps: some refused to believe it, others on the contrary. But do not forget that Mackenzie had a serious problem with illegal substances. And no one cancels the desire to make money on the big name of a person after his death.

They lived in the Virgin Islands far from civilization

Group "The Mamas & the Papas"
Group "The Mamas & the Papas"

During their experience with illegal substances, all four members of the group decided to go on a trip. To do this, they poked at the map with their eyes closed and, as a result, ended up on Virgin Islands! There, together with friends and a five-year-old Mackenzie, musicians camped on the beach. They had practically nothing but illegal substances, alcohol and meager food. There is a legend that the song Creeque Alley dedicated to this very moment.

Starvation diets led Cass to an early death

Cass Elliot
Cass Elliot

Although Cass Elliot For most of her life she suffered from excess weight, outwardly she seemed to resign herself to it. Moreover, her outgoing nature and independence paved the way for other female music stars who rose to fame in 1960's, such as Janis Joplin.

It seemed to those around her that she was taking her weight, but Elliot was internally unhappy with the way she looked. Often she went on diets, many of which were dangerous. In fact, she starved herself to death, at one point going without food for four days every week for seven months! The singer herself admitted that she knew that her diet method was not the most reasonable, and, having lost more 100 pounds, was admitted to the hospital.

After numerous health problems, Cass never recovered. She was gone in 1974 aged 32 years old.

All their kids had substance problems

Group "The Mamas & the Papas"
Group "The Mamas & the Papas"

Participants "The Mamas & the Papas" It was 11 children. And all of them ended up having drug problems. Children are especially affected by this addiction. John Phillips. Most likely, their father had something to do with this, but these are only assumptions. However, this is surprising: both children from his first marriage returned to John after his divorce from Michelle, and by the age of 14 both children had developed a severe addiction.

After the breakup of the group Danny Doherty even moved from Los Angeles to Canada to save himself and his family from this horror.

After the breakup of the group, John Phillips was behind bars

John Phillips
John Phillips

When "The Mamas & the Papas" did not become John Phillips devoted himself to a solo career, but it was not successful. As a result of numerous creative falls, the man fell into a deep depression, and his substance abuse finally got out of control. Keith Richards was his friend, and it was he who introduced John to heavy substances. But even he admitted that Phillips was losing his humanity before his eyes.

John spent about one million dollars a year on a bad habit. In some moment Phillips checked into a rehabilitation center, but new problems immediately arrived: the musician was charged with the illegal circulation of a large number of prescription drugs. John eventually managed to get off the drugs, but started drinking instead.

Michelle was married to an actor for eight days

Michelle Phillips
Michelle Phillips

John tried his best to control his charming young wife. But when they divorced and the band broke up, Michelle got what she so desired - freedom! Her turbulent relationships with famous men continued, and one day she met Dennis Hopper. As a result, the couple got married, but their marriage lasted a week and one day.

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