Mamas and Papas singer, Elliot Cass, also known as Mama Cass
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birth name: Ellen Naomi Cohen

Cass Elliott

September 19, 1941, Baltimore, MD ~ July 29, 1974, London, England

It was during her senior year in high school that Elliot began singing (as well as acting), relocating to New York City by the early '60s and eventually touring in a production of The Music Man. With the folk music movement sweeping the nation around this time, Elliot formed the Big Three with other members Tim Rose and James Hendricks, issuing a few underappreciated albums (Live at the Recording Studio, The Big 3). The group eventually metamorphosized into the Mugwumps after Rose was replaced by a few other members, including Denny Doherty, but with only an obscure single to show for their hard work, the Mugwumps were kaput by 1964. To make a long story short, Elliot and Doherty eventually teamed up with the husband/wife team of John and Michelle Phillips, forming the Mamas & the Papas by the mid-'60s. ~ Allmusic: Cass Elliot ~ retrieved July 25, 2013 © Allmusic

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The appeal of the group was also enhanced by the diversity of its four members. John Phillips was rebellious and somewhat philosophical; Denny Doherty was wholesome yet wisecracking; Michelle Philips was quiet; and Cass Elliot was outspoken. Musically, the addition of Elliot to the group was very significant. “With John and Michelle, we had a nice, sweet folk sound,” Doherty told Macleans. “But with Cass, we suddenly had power.” Despite their association with the California music scene, the Mamas and the Papas nurtured their musical talents in the folk scene of New York City's Greenwich Village. ~ Musicianguide: the Mamas & the Papas ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Musicianguide

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