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left-right…Denny, Michelle, Mama Cass, John…The Mamas and Papas

DENNY DOHERTY  1/29/40 – 1/19/07

The Mamas and the Papas were more than “California Dreamin”, they were the California Dream! John Phillips, might have been the “Soul” of the group, Mama Cass and Michelle, the “Heart”…but Denny Doherty will always be the “Voice”!

In 1968, I was on a promotion tour in Hollywood as Shadow Mann, my mysterious alter ego. I went to Denny’s house in my black suede jacket with an eagle on the back and black floppy hat for a party with Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell. With all the Flower Children and colorful “Hippie” fashions, however, I did feel a bit under dressed!

Denny was a nice guy and cordial host. I remember telling him how much I enjoyed his singing while gorging my self on the delicious “brownies” they were serving! Actually, that was the last thing I remember…next thing I knew, I was in San Francisco on the next stop of my tour…without knowing how I got there!

Denny, you’re a good man, R.I.P. Rock In Perpetuity!

From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”
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