Mamas and Papas Member Dies


MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (AP) - Former Mamas and the Papas member Denny Doherty died today at his home in Canada after a short illness. He was 66.

Doherty was one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group known for their soaring harmonies. Hits included "California Dreamin," "Monday Monday" and "Dedicated to the One I Love."

The Mamas and the Papas broke new ground by having women and men in one group at a time when most singing groups were unisex. Singer-songwriter Doherty teamed with John Phillips, the group's chief songwriter; his wife, Michelle; and another female vocalist, Cass Elliot.

The Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

The group had disbanded in 1968 following John and Michelle Phillips' divorce. Elliot died of a heart attack in 1974. John Phillips died in 2001.