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Died On This Date (March 18, 2001) John Phillips / The Mamas and the Papas

Posted by themusicsover on March 18, 2010

John Phillips
August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001

As the driving force behind the Mamas & the Papas, Papa John Phillips has been called one of the greatest pop songwriters of the last forty years. If there was one American group that could hold its on against the British Invasion, it was the Mamas & the Papas (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Mama Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty) with their hits, “Monday Monday,” “California Dreamin’,” and “Got A Feeling.” Outside of the Mamas & the Papas, John had a huge hit with Scott McKenzie’s recording of his “San Francisco,” while helping to create the Monterey Pop Festival, a moment in musical history that introduced us to Jimi Hendrix. Three of his “greatest hits” were daughters Mackenzie Phillips, Chynna Phillips and Bijou Phillips. John battled substance abuse late into his life and passed away from heart failure on March 18, 2001.

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One Response to “Died On This Date (March 18, 2001) John Phillips / The Mamas and the Papas”

  1. Paul said

    Damn, i miss him

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