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Mamas And The Papas Music
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This page is dedicated to The Mamas and The Papas music, which is a journey back to the iconic sounds of the 1960s. The Mamas and The Papas, a beloved American folk-rock group, left an indelible mark on the music landscape with their enchanting harmonies and timeless hits.

Here we'll dive into the songs and the enduring legacy of this remarkable quartet. From their classic tunes like "California Dreamin'" to the info behind the songs, join me in rediscovering the magic and enduring influence of Mamas and The Papas music.

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Members Of The Mamas And The Papas

John Phillips, the charismatic and creative force behind The Mamas and The Papas, was the group's lead guitarist and songwriter. Born on August 30, 1935, in Parris Island, South Carolina, he was known for his distinct songwriting style.

Phillips played a pivotal role in shaping the band's folk-rock sound, penning some of their most enduring hits. His talents extended beyond music, with a keen eye for arranging intricate harmonies. Phillips' artistry laid the foundation for the group's success, and his songwriting prowess left an indelible mark on 1960s music.

Michelle Phillips, born on April 6, 1944, in Long Beach, California, was the lone female member of The Mamas and The Papas. She brought her captivating vocals and striking beauty to the group, along with a charismatic stage presence.

Michelle's role in the band as both a singer and visual icon added to their appeal. Her harmonies with the other members created a signature sound that defined The Mamas and The Papas' music. Her contributions to the band, both musically and visually, made her an essential figure in their story.

Denny Doherty, born on November 29, 1940, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was the group's tenor vocalist. His smooth and emotive voice added depth and harmony to the band's sound. Doherty's strong vocal performances, often in tandem with Michelle Phillips, were an integral part of the group's distinctive style.

His background in folk music and his ability to blend seamlessly with the other members helped create the band's unique sound.

Cass Elliot, also known as "Mama Cass," was born on September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the band's powerful alto vocalist. Cass brought a remarkable depth and richness to their harmonies.

Her vocal range and stage presence set her apart. Beyond her singing, Cass also played an essential role in shaping the group's image and message. Her charismatic personality and vocal prowess made her a beloved member of the band.


Mamas And The Papas Music
Chords, Lyrics, Rhythm Tips, Tutorials

1. California Dreaming

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California Dreaming an iconic song released in 1965, has become synonymous with The Mamas and The Papas' signature sound. It was featured on their album "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears," released the same year. The song achieved remarkable success on the music charts, reaching the 4th position on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and the 23rd position on the UK singles chart.

"California Dreamin'" was penned by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips, two integral members of the band. Their inspiration for the song stemmed from a winter visit to New York City, where the desire for California's warmth and beauty during the chilly East Coast winter gave birth to this enduring classic.

Over the years, "California Dreamin'" has been covered by a multitude of artists and bands, attesting to its timeless appeal. Notable covers include renditions by Barry McGuire, Bobby Womack, José Feliciano, and even the Beach Boys. The song's universal theme of longing for a better place and time has resonated with artists from diverse musical genres.

California Dreaming Chords, Rhythm, Demo and Tutorial

  • Drop D Tuning: No 
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up will work but that's not exactly what I'm playing here as I'm using up stroke to accent the song 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Am, Esus, G, F, E, C, E7
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2. Creeque Alley

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Creeque Alley released in 1967 as part of their album "Deliver," is a distinctive song in The Mamas and The Papas' repertoire. Unlike their chart-topping singles, "Creeque Alley" wasn't released as a single and didn't chart separately. However, it played a crucial role on their "Deliver" album, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, showcasing the album's commercial success.

Written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips, two integral members of the band, "Creeque Alley" is an autobiographical narrative that offers a candid glimpse into the formation and early experiences of The Mamas and The Papas. The song vividly describes the group's struggles, triumphs, and their collective journey in the music industry.

What makes "Creeque Alley" particularly significant is its storytelling quality, providing an engaging account of the band's history. The song is praised for its unique narrative approach and its portrayal of the challenges faced by the group during their formative years.

It features references to the diverse backgrounds of the members, including John Phillips' time in the Navy and Michelle Phillips' transition from California to New York. The song's intricate harmonies and its place in the cultural and musical context of the 1960s add to its historical and artistic significance.

Creeque Alley Chords, Rhythm, Demo and Tutorial

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down bass up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: B7, E, Gb, D
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3. Monday Monday

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Monday Monday was released in 1966 and is one of The Mamas and The Papas' most iconic songs. It was featured on their album "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears." The song achieved remarkable success on the music charts, making it a memorable part of their musical legacy.

In the United States, it soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, securing the No. 1 position, while also reaching No. 3 on the UK singles chart. Written by John Phillips, the song captures the universal feeling of the start of the workweek, making it relatable to audiences worldwide.

Over the years, "Monday, Monday" has retained its popularity, becoming one of the band's signature hits. Its catchy melody and harmonies exemplify The Mamas and The Papas' distinctive sound, making it an anthem of the 1960s.

The song's enduring appeal is a testament to the band's impact on the folk-rock genre.

Monday Monday Chords, Rhythm, Demo and Tutorial

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down down up down up and repeat will work
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C, F, A#, D7, Gadd11, A
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I extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have journeyed with us through the captivating world of The Mamas and The Papas. Their music, including beloved classics like "California Dreamin'," "Creeque Alley," and "Monday, Monday," has left an indelible mark on the musical tapestry of the 1960s.

i hope the exploration of their melodies and stories has been both enlightening and enjoyable. The Mamas and The Papas' harmonious sound continues to resonate through time, evoking nostalgia and inspiration.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating this iconic group and their enduring influence on the world of folk-rock and pop music. Your appreciation for their music is a testament to their timeless legacy.


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