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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 06:26 PM
http://www.canada.com/topics/entertainment/story.html?id=14630387-bde0-4fd5 -9f36-73e2297b9347&k=4593

TORONTO (CP) - Denny Doherty, the Canadian member of the popular '60s folk group Mamas and the Papas known for their iconic hits such as "California Dreamin"' and "Monday, Monday," has died.

He was 66. His older sister Frances Arnold said the singer-songwriter died at his home in suburban Mississauga on Friday after suffering an aneurysm in his abdomen.

The Halifax-born Doherty was the lead male singer in the group whose other hits included "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "Dedicated to the One I Love."

"Everybody used to think that John Phillips, who wrote the songs, was also the main voice of the group, but it wasn't - it was the angelic voice of Denny Doherty," said Larry Leblanc, Canadian editor of Billboard Magazine.

"He was often overlooked but it was really his voice that carried the group."

"He was a raconteur, a storyteller and he would tell these great, great, great stories of some of the great moments with the Mamas and the Papas and some of the bad moments 'cause they lived some of the great and bad moments," said Leblanc.

Doherty co-wrote the songs "I Saw Her Again Last Night" and "Got a Feelin.' "

Despite being only together for three years, from 1965 to '68, the Mamas and the Papas had 10 hit singles over five albums.

Doherty, along with (Mama) Cass Elliott and John and Michelle Phillips, sold an estimated 20 million records. But internal squabbling, heavy drug use and a web of love triangles ultimately led to their breakup.

In 1974 the 30-year-old Elliot choked and suffered a fatal heart attack while eating a sandwich in London. John Phillips, the group's chief songwriter, died in 2001 at age 65.

"What made the group special was their haunting and sumptuous harmony singing," according to "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll."

Doherty started his music career in Montreal in 1960 as the co-founder of the Colonials, which later became the Halifax Three.

He launched an acting career in the '70s and appeared on Broadway in the 1974 play "Man on the Moon." Later in Halifax, he joined John Neville at the Neptune Theatre where he was in "The Taming of the Shrew," "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Cabaret."

The Mama and Papas had a short-lived comeback in 1982, adding two new faces to the classic group. John's daughter MacKenzie Phillips and Elaine (Spanky) McFarlane.

Doherty was involved in a number of musical projects, including an autobiographical musical, "Dream a Little Dream," which premiered in Toronto in 2001.

He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

Doherty also dabbled in television, playing the role of the affable harbourmaster in the children's TV series "Theodore Tugboat."

The show, originally produced in Halifax by CBC, featured a cast of small, radio-controlled tugboats. Doherty provided the narration and the voices for all the characters.

Though the backdrop for the show was known as the Big Harbour, the model set - complete with a huge water tank - was actually a fairly accurate rendering of Halifax harbour.

The show attracted a huge following among its young fans in the mid-1990s when it appeared on CBC and later on PBS, the non-profit public broadcaster in the United States.

Every show featured Doherty's musical, mellifluous voice telling the stories of Theodore the tugboat and his friends, many of whom were named after places in Atlantic Canada.

Doherty suffered kidney problems following surgery Dec. 14 and was put on dialysis, Arnold said. He was released from hospital last week, and Arnold said he sounded tired when she spoke with him just days ago.

"It's got an unreal quality to it, I just can't get it through my head," Arnold, 78, said by phone from Halifax. "We weren't expecting it."

She said Doherty was depressed about his decline in health, and had been making plans for an adventurous boat trip across the Atlantic.

"He was a very energetic, busy active person and it was hard for him to make that adjustment, I think," she said.

Arnold says the first time her mother heard Doherty on the radio it was him singing "California Dreamin'."

"My mother stood in the kitchen and cried," she says.

Doherty, who was married twice, is survived by his siblings Frances, Joe, Denise and Joan and children John, Emberly and Jessica. Both of his wives predeceased him.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be made, Arnold said.



[Edited on 1/19/2007 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 06:40 PM
The autobiographical song about how the Mamas and Pappas formed. I always liked them.

The Mamas & the Papas
Creque Alley

John and Mitchy were gettin' kind of itchy
Just to leave the folk music behind
Zol and Denny workin' for a penny
Tryin' to get a fish on the line
In a coffee house Sebastian sat
And after every number they'd pass the hat
McGuinn and McGuire just a-gettin' higher
In L.A., you know where that's at
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass
Zolly said "Denny, you know there aren't many"
"Who can sing a song the way that you do, let's go south"
Denny said "Zolly, golly, don't you think that I wish"
"I could play guitar like you"
Zol, Denny and Sebastian sat (at the Night Owl)
And after every number they'd pass the hat
McGuinn and McGuire still a-gettin higher
In L.A., you know where that's at
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass
When Cass was a sophomore, planned to go to Swarthmore
But she changed her mind one day
Standin' on the turnpike, thumb out to hitchhike
"Take me to New York right away"
When Denny met Cass he gave her love bumps
Called John and Zol and that was the Mugwumps
McGuinn and McGuire couldn't get no higher
But that's what they were aimin' at
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass
Mugwumps, high jumps, low slumps, big bumps
Don't you work as hard as you play
Make up, break up, everything is shake up
Guess it had to be that way
Sebastian and Zol formed the Spoonful
Michelle, John, and Denny gettin' very tuneful
McGuinn and McGuire just a-catchin' fire
In L.A., you know where that's at
And everybody's gettin' fat except Mama Cass
Di-di-di-dit dit dit di-di-di-dit, who-o-oa
Broke, busted, disgusted, agents can't be trusted
And Mitchy wants to go to the sea
Cass can't make it, she says we'll have to fake it
We knew she'd come eventually
Greasin' on American Express cards
It's low rent, but keeping out the heat's hard
Duffy's good vibrations and our imaginations
Can't go on indefinitely
And California dreamin' is becomin' a reality


 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 06:47 PM
wow what a bummer
my ol' lady really digs the momma's & the poppa's
she'll be bummed

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 06:49 PM
rip Denny Doherty. He was the driving force behind the gorgeous harmonies that Mama's and Papa's produced. Love their vocals!

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 06:55 PM
All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.........
RIP Denny.............
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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 07:07 PM
RIP Denny

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 07:37 PM
I remember when "the Mamas and Papas" first hit, "California Dreamin". Man I was in eight grade, and just recently had move back to the United States from France. I guess the only one still left is Michelle Phillips. Anyway, damn good group, and sorry to hear of the passing of Denny Doherty.
 
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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 07:58 PM
Hey I dug The Mamas and The Papas as much as anybody, but ... there is a pretty soft spot for Theodore Tugboat around the Charles' household.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 08:13 PM
RIP Denny.............



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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 08:20 PM
Sad news. I've been listening to the Mamas and the Papas since I was a small child. It always feels strange when people who have been a part of your life ( in some form or another) pass away.

RIP Denny

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 08:53 PM
i remember the m's & p's AND theodore tugboat. RIP and Godspeed

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 08:56 PM
RIP

 

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R.I.P. Denny.

I just saw him last year. My girls were learning Mamas and the Papas in band. I brought them to see him doing the Story of the Mamas and the Papas. What a beautiful voice he had. And a story teller he was!

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 09:58 PM
R.I.P., Denny
Michelle Phillips is the last Mama standing...

 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 10:34 PM
R.I.P. Denny!
 

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  posted on 1/19/2007 at 11:41 PM
quote:
The autobiographical song about how the Mamas and Pappas formed. I always liked them.

The Mamas & the Papas
Creque Alley

John and Mitchy were gettin' kind of itchy
Just to leave the folk music behind
Zol and Denny workin' for a penny
Tryin' to get a fish on the line



Guess I'll just pull out my videos of them doing that song at Monterey Pop and watch it again.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 07:13 AM
Even though I mostly favoured harder rock sounds in the 60's who, with a musical bone in their body, could not like the M & Ps ?

Sublime .

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If you have a copy of the LP pictured above by gr8fulfred with a toilet pictured beside the bathtub its worth $$. ( don't ask me exactly how much - check ebay) Can you believe it was banned after the early pressings. A toilet fer g** sakes. What kind of a sick mind is hung up on toilets to ban them. Wierd or what ?

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A-la Fleetwood Mac the Ms & Ps had the whole inter group romance goin'on. Everyone knows about John and Michelle but Mamma Cass had a thing goin for Denny. All that singin together must lead to something.

As a funk DJ I've recently played a complete James Brown night. Not inappropriate under the circumstances.

Well this week they're getting "California Dreaming " Monday Monday" and some others.

Respect.




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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 08:57 AM
RIP Denny...I'll be putting on the Monteray Int'l Pop Festival today.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 10:27 AM
Verysad, only Michelle left. I always -stil do- love those voices, and great songs. RIP Denny
 

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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 12:17 PM
r.i.p
 
 


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