M&P FAQ on mpinfo.davidredd.com

 

  1. What are the lyrics to...?
  2. Where can I find guitar chords for the Mamas and Papas songs?
  3. Do you have an address for Michelle Phillips? 
  4. What are the members of the group doing today? 
  5. Did the Mamas and the Papas sing the song:
    ---"I Dig Rock and Roll Music"?
    ---"Leaving on a Jet Plane"?
    ---"Going to San Francisco"? 
    ---"California Earthquake"?
  6. Is there video of the Mamas and Papas performances?

 


 

What are the lyrics to...?
Lyrics to the Mamas and Papas songs can be found on my site here ("Words of Love")

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Where can I find guitar chords for the Mamas and Papas songs?
Chords for several M&P songs can be found by searching the guitar search engine of the Online Guitar Archive (OLBA).  Here is a link

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Do you have an address for Michelle Phillips? 
This is the only address I have ever seen posted but have no idea if people have contacted her successfully through it:

Agent: Paul Santana, Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069
  (from filmreference.com)

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What are the members of the group doing today? 
Three of the members of the group have passed away---Cass very early on at the height of her solo career,  John in 2001 just as his career was restarting, and Denny in January 2007 after years of having returned to his love of acting/ theater in his homeland (Canada) including a musical tribute to the group.  Michelle has been a fairly well-established actress for some time and has had a number of guest roles on various programs.  For more details, see the specific information on each band member under the history section of my site.

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Did the Mamas and the Papas sing the song "I dig Rock and Roll Music"? 
This song mentions the Mamas and Papas but was written and performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary.

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Did the Mamas and the Papas sing the song "Leaving on a Jet Plane"?
 
"Leaving on a Jet Plane" is a John Denver song popularized by Peter, Paul, and Mary.

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Did the Mamas and the Papas sing the song "San Francisco"?  
John Phillips wrote this song for Scott McKenzie which became an anthem for the Summer of Love but it was never recorded by the original Mamas and Papas.

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Did the Mamas and the Papas sing the song "California Earthquake"?  
This was actually one of Cass Elliot's signature songs during her solo career following the breakup of the Mamas and Papas.

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Is there video of the Mamas and Papas performances?
Clips of TV performances of the groups appear on shows from time to time---particularly their Ed Sullivan appearances.  The M&P episode of VH1's Behind the Music contains several. 

The most current DVD collection---which presents fairly extensive video coverage of the group including rare clips from shows like "Hullabaloo" and the rarely seen "Rogers and Hart Special"---is titled California Dreamin': The Songs of the Mamas and Papas and is available as of the end of March 2005.  It even provides clips of performances never recorded for release such as the group's version of "Nowhere Man".

Also readily available are:

The Very Best of the Mamas and Papas (DVD 2001)
Monterey Pop performance found on The Complete Monterey Pop Festival - Criterion Collection (DVD, released 2002)

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