Archive for The Mamas & the Papas

Denny Doherty

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery (NS) with tags , , on August 4, 2014 by Cade

doherty1November 29, 1940 – January 19, 2007

The story of the eventual creation of The Mamas & The Papas reads like a laundry list of formations, break-ups and reorgs – just listen to their song “Creeque Alley” for a little insight. There are no fewer than a dozen band names that finally led to the group that famously charted Top 10 hits all throughout the late 1960’s. All you need to know here is that Denny Doherty of the Halifax, Nova Scotia band The Colonials (aka, The Halifax Three,) met Cass Elliot while touring the folk circuits. Denny seemed to always be there to fill in when Elliot or John Phillips needed help with a new lineup or a lost group member. Eventually, Doherty landed a permanent spot in The Magic Cyrcle…which became The Mamas & The Papas.

It is also worth mentioning that Doherty carried on a secret affair with bandmate Michelle Phillips. The affair led to Phillips’ dismissal from the band for like a week1 before fans demanded she rejoin her husband, John, and the rest of the group. They continued recording hits in what were, no doubt, the most awkward recording sessions in history. In 1968, the group called it quits for good. Papa Denny’s solo career never took off but he spent the remainder of his years acting, competing with John over the “true” versions of the tM&tP’s story, getting sober and politely turning down Elliot’s marriage proposals. He died of an aortic aneurysm in his home at the age of 66.


Gate of Heaven Cemetery – Lower Sackville, NS, CANADA

Specific Location

Section 6G, Plot S, Grave 13A; 10 rows up from the maintenance shed and 12 markers in from the road on the south side of the row, basically smack in the center of the section.


1 – Technically…2 1/2 months.


Cass Elliot

Posted in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park with tags , on March 7, 2013 by Cade

Photo of Mama Cass

September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974

Known to the world as “Mama Cass,” Ellen Naomi Cohen, AKA Cass Elliot, was a singer and member of the American vocal group, The Mamas & the Papas.  Elliot’s voice can be heard prominently on many of their best-known recordings, including “California Dreamin'” and “Monday Monday.”

After The Mamas & the Papas broke up in 1968, she was able to release a number of solo albums.  She continued to enjoy success that culminated with a sold-out run of shows in London in 1974.  And, as all things on this blog go, the good times ended there. Elliot died of a heart attack in her sleep (not of a ham sandwich) in her flat in Mayfair at the age of 32.  The exact same flat, incidentally, in which The Who drummer, Keith Moon, would also die some 4 years later.  Musicians/renters beware.


Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Courts Of TaNaCH, Lot 5600, Space 2; There are two enclosed courts in this section, Cass is buried in the first (Western) one, on the lawn,  just inside the back sidewalk, 2 spaces in from the back left (Southeastern) corner.