"Mama" Cass Elliot of the Mamas and Papas was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19, 1941. She would have turned 75 today. She died in 1974 at age 32.
Here's "Monday Monday":
My mom, Ann Althouse, comments on the "Monday Monday" video:
I remember how it felt to see them on TV like that -- looking so different from other groups of the time. The men were like the other men, but the women were different, because of Cass and because of her contrast with Michelle [Phillips], who would have stood out as phenomenally pretty anyway, but standing there next to Cass, she made a fantastic contrast, and there were many people who were suddenly discovering that the fat one was even more attractive. It was kind of like with The Beatles, the way many girls thought Ringo was the most attractive, when, by conventional standards, he was the only ugly one. Back in the 60s... when everything was a revolution.I respond:
Now it's hard to imagine anything being a revolution!
I rarely think any Beatles cover is an improvement on the original, but one exception is the Mamas and the Papas doing "I Call Your Name" (by John Lennon):
Mama Cass and Johnny Cash were charming together:
And here's Mama Cass on her own, singing her signature song, "Dream a Little Dream of Me":