The Mamas & The Papas were a pure pop vocal group that caught the fancy of the flower power and hippie generation of the mid to late 1960s. John Phillips was a talented producer who had the ability to transform their four voices into a virtual choir.
They placed 11 singles on the BILLBOPARD MAGAZINE Hot 100 during 1966-1967, four more in 1968, and a fianl reunion hit in 1972. Five of their singles reached the top five. “California Dreamin'” and “Monday Monday” are songs that helped define the era.
Their last single of 1967 was “Dancing Bear.” Ir was their usual brand of smooth pop with impecabble vocals. By this time however, their career was on the down side. “Dancing Bear” stalled at number 51 on the Hot 100.
Today, all members of the group are deceased except for Michelle Phillips.