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Cass Elliot

Cass Elliot on the cover of Dream a Little Dream of Me
Background information
Birth name Ellen Naomi Cohen
Also known as Mama Cass
Born September 19, 1941(1941-09-19)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died July 29, 1974 (aged 32)
London, England, UK
Genre(s) Pop music
Folk rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1963-74
Associated acts The Mamas & the Papas

Cass Elliot (September 19, 1941July 29, 1974), born Ellen Naomi Cohen, was a noted American singer, best remembered as Mama Cass of the pop quartet The Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she had a successful solo career, releasing nine albums. Elliot was found dead in her hotel room in London from an apparent heart attack after two sold-out performances at the Palladium. Image File history File links CassElliotLP2. ... Dream a Little Dream of Me is a song, with music composed by classical composer Milton Adolphus in 1931, and lyrics by Gus Kahn. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Baltimore redirects here. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mamas and the Papas on the debut album cover) were a leading vocal group of the 1960s. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mamas and the Papas on the debut album cover) were a leading vocal group of the 1960s. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Heart attack redirects here. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. ...

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Early life and career

Ellen Cohen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up there and in Alexandria, Virginia (a suburb of Washington, DC), the daughter of a food vendor.[citation needed] She adopted the name "Cass" in high school – possibly, as Denny Doherty tells it, borrowing it from the actress Peggy Cass – but in any case, it was just 'Cass,' not 'Cassandra.' She assumed the surname Elliot sometime later, in memory of a friend who had died. Baltimore redirects here. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - City  15. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty (November 29, 1940 – January 19, 2007) was a Canadian singer and songwriter born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. ... Mary Margaret (Peggy) Cass (May 21, 1924 - March 8, 1999) was an Academy Award-nominated actress, comedian, game show panelist, and announcer. ...


She started her acting career with a part in the play The Boy Friend while she was still in school. After dropping out of George Washington High School shortly before graduation, she went to New York City, where she appeared in The Music Man but lost the part of Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It for You Wholesale to Barbra Streisand in 1962. The Boy Friend (sometimes mis-spelled The Boyfriend) is a musical by Sandy Wilson. ... George Washington High School is a secondary school located in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan in New York City, New York. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the stage musical. ... I Can Get It For You Wholesale (Broadway Musical) I Can Get It For You Wholesale qas notable as th Broadway debut of Barbara Streisand. ... Barbra Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand, IPA: ; born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ...

While working as a hat check girl at "The Showplace" in Greenwich Village, Elliot would sometimes sing, but it wasn't until she returned to the Washington area, to attend American University, that she began to pursue a singing career. As America's folk music scene was on the rise, Elliot met banjoist and singer Tim Rose and singer John Brown, and the three began performing as The Triumvirate. In 1963, James Hendricks replaced Brown and the trio was renamed The Big Three. Elliot's first recording, Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod, with The Big Three, was released by FM Records in 1963. Image File history File links CassElliotLP1. ... For other universities known as American University, see American University (disambiguation). ... Timothy Alan Patrick Rose (September 23, 1940 – September 24, 2002) was an American singer-songwriter. ... // John Brown may refer to: John Brown (Australian magnate) (1850–1930), a mining magnate in New South Wales, Australia; known as the “Coal Baron” John Brown (Australian politician), the Member for Parramatta in the Australian House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990 John Brown (tennis), professional tennis player in the... FM Records was a record label distributed by Vee-Jay Records since 1963. ...


When Tim Rose left The Big Three in 1964, Elliot and Hendricks teamed up with Canadians Zal Yanovsky and Denny Doherty as The Mugwumps. This group lasted eight months, after which Cass performed as a solo act for a while. Yanovsky joined with John Sebastian to co-found The Lovin' Spoonful while Doherty joined The New Journeymen with John Phillips and his wife, Michelle. In 1965, Doherty finally convinced Phillips that Cass should join the group. She did so, officially, while they were vacationing in the Virgin Islands. Zalman Yanovsky (December 19, 1944 - December 13, 2002) was a founder with John Sebastian of The Lovin Spoonful rock band in 1964. ... Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty (November 29, 1940 – January 19, 2007) was a Canadian singer and songwriter born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. ... John Sebastian (born March 17, 1944) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mamas and the Papas on some album covers) were a leading vocal group of the 1960s. ... Several notable people have been called John Phillips: John Phillips (1935-2001) was a musician and member of The Mamas & the Papas John Phillips (1631-1706) was an author and secretary to John Milton Sir John Phillips (1700-1764) was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1763. ... Michelle Phillips, far right, with her fellow band members when with The Mamas & the Papas in the late 1960s. ...


A popular legend about Elliot is that her vocal range was improved by three notes after she was hit on the head by some copper tubing shortly before joining the group, while they were in the Virgin Islands. Elliot herself confirmed the story; in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 1968 she said, This article is about the magazine. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

It’s true, I did get hit on the head by a pipe that fell down and my range was increased by three notes. They were tearing this club apart in the islands, revamping it, putting in a dance floor. Workmen dropped a thin metal plumbing pipe and it hit me on the head and knocked me to the ground. I had a concussion and went to the hospital. I had a bad headache for about two weeks and all of a sudden I was singing higher. It’s true. Honest to God.[1]

However, according to people who knew her well, this was not true - Elliot always had a standout singing voice. Her friends said that the pipe story was used as a more politically-correct explanation for why John had kept her out of the group for so long, because the real reason she was not accepted sooner was that John considered her to be too fat. [2]


The Mamas and the Papas

Now that The New Journeymen had two female members, it needed a new name. According to Doherty, Elliot had the inspiration for the band's new name. Doherty writes on his website:

We're all just lying around vegging out watching TV and discussing names for the group. The New Journeymen was not a handle that was going to hang on this outfit. John was pushing for The Magic Cyrcle. Eech, but none of us could come up with anything better, then we switch the channel and, hey, it's the Hell's Angels on this talk show... And the first thing we hear is: "Now hold on there, Hoss. Some people call our women cheap, but we just call them our Mamas." Cass jumped up: "Yeah! I want to be a Mama." And Michelle is going: "We're the Mamas! We're the Mamas!" OK. I look at John. He's looking at me going: "The Papas?" Problem solved. A toast! To The Mamas and the Papas. Well, after many, many toasts, Cass and John are passed out."[3]

Doherty went on to say that the occasion marked the beginning of his affair with Michelle. Elliot was in love with Doherty, so was displeased when he told her about the affair. Doherty has said that Cass once proposed to him, but that he was so stoned at the time, he could not even respond.


Elliot, known for her sense of humor and optimism, was considered by some to be the most charismatic member of the group. Her warm, distinctive voice was a large factor in their success. She is best remembered for her vocals on the group's Billboard hits "California Dreamin'", "Monday Monday", and "Words of Love", and particularly for the solo "Dream a Little Dream of Me", which the group recorded in 1968 after learning about the death of Fabian Andre, one of the men who co-wrote it, whom Michelle Phillips had met years earlier. Elliot's version is noteworthy for being a ballad, whereas almost all earlier recordings of "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (including one by Nat King Cole) had been quick, up-tempo versions — the song having actually been written in 1931 as a dance tune for the nightclubs of the day. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... California Dreamin is a song by The Mamas & the Papas, first released in 1965. ... Monday, Monday is a 1966 song (see 1966 in music) written by John and Michelle Phillips and recorded by The Mamas and the Papas. ... Dream a Little Dream of Me is a song, with music composed by classical composer Milton Adolphus in 1931, and lyrics by Gus Kahn. ... Fabian Andre was a composer, best known for cowriting the music of Dream a Little Dream of Me with Wilbur Schwandt in 1931. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


They continued to record to meet the terms of their record contract until their final album was released in 1971. Elliot's voice is noticeably weak on that album, as she herself was physically weak from crash dieting.[citation needed]


Solo career

After the breakup of The Mamas & the Papas, Elliot went on to have a successful solo singing career. Her most successful recording during this period was 1968's Dream a Little Dream of Me from her solo album of the same name, released by Dunhill Records though it had originally been recorded for and released on the album The Papas & the Mamas Presented By The Mamas and the Papas earlier that year. She headlined briefly in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace for the unusually lucrative pay of USD$40,000 per week, although her performances were not well reviewed. Dunhill Records was started by Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts in 1964 as Dunhill Productions, originally for the purpose of releasing Johnny Rivers recordings on Imperial Records. ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ... USD redirects here. ...


She was a regular on TV talk shows and variety shows in the 1970s, including The Julie Andrews Hour, The Mike Douglas Show, The Andy Williams Show, Hollywood Squares, and The Carol Burnett Show. She guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and appeared on that show 13 other times. Elliot also was a guest panelist for a week in late 1973 on the hit game show Match Game '73. She appeared in the 1973 Saga of Sonora, a TV music-comedy-Western special with stars of the day such as Jill St. John, Vince Edwards, Zero Mostel, and Lesley Ann Warren. She also sang the jingle "Hurry on down to Hardee's, where the burgers are charco-broiled" for Hardee's fast-food adverts. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The Julie Andrews Hour was a television variety series made by ATV and distributed by ITC Entertainment. ... The Mike Douglas Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted by Mike Douglas that ran from 1961 to 1982. ... The Andy Williams Show was a television variety show which ran from 1957 to 1971 (alternating during the summer of 1970 with Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens), and a short-lived run in syndication, beginning in the fall of 1976. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The original cast in 1967. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... Jill St. ... Vince Edwards (July 7,[1] 1928 - March 11, 1996) was an American actor, director, and singer, best known for the role of TV doctor Ben Casey. // Edwards was born Vincent Edward Zoino III in Brooklyn, New York to Julia and Vincento Zoino (a bricklayer), immigrants from Italy. ... Mostel in Sirocco (1951) Zero Mostel (February 28, 1915 – September 8, 1977) was a Brooklyn-born stage and film actor best known for his portrayal of comic characters such as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof , Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Max... Lesley Ann Warren (born August 16, 1946), is an Oscar nominated American stage, film and television actress and singer. ... Hardees is an American fast-food restaurant chain, located primarily in the Eastern half of the United States in Southern, Southeast, and East Coast regions. ...


Throughout the early 1970s, Elliot continued her acting career as well. She had a featured role in the 1970 movie Pufnstuf and made guest-star acting appearances on TV's The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Young Dr. Kildare, Love, American Style, and The Red Skelton Show, among others. H.R. Pufnstuf is a childrens television series produced by Sid and Marty Krofft in the United States. ... The New Scooby-Doo Movies (sometimes called The New Scooby-Doo Comedy Movies) was the second incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. ... Young Dr. Kildare is a 1938 film starring Lew Ayres as an idealistic but somewhat immature young medical doctor, who benefits greatly from the wise counsel of his mentor, Dr. Gillespie, a seasoned older physician. ... Opening theme of Love American Style Love, American Style was an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. ... The Red Skelton Show was a staple of American television for almost two decades, from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. ...


Family and death

Apart from her time with Denny Doherty, Elliot was married twice. The first marriage, to bandmate Jim Hendricks, began in 1963. This was reportedly a purely platonic arrangement, however, to assist him in avoiding being drafted into the army during the Vietnam War.[4] The marriage reportedly was never consummated and was annulled in 1968.[5] In 1971, Elliot married journalist Baron Donald von Wiedenman[6][7] Von Wiedenman was heir to a Bavarian barony. That marriage ended in divorce after a few months. For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... For other uses, see Baron (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bavaria (disambiguation). ... Various rulers or governments of Europe, of Japan bestow or recognise the title of baron. ...


Elliot gave birth to a daughter, Owen Vanessa Elliot, on April 26, 1967. She never publicly identified the father, but many years later, Michelle Phillips helped Owen locate her biological father. [8] Owen grew up to become a singer as well and toured with former Beach Boy Al Jardine.[9] is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Alan Charles Al Jardine (born September 3, 1942 in Lima, Ohio) is a founding member of the Beach Boys, their occasional lead vocalist, and one of their guitarists. ...


At the height of her solo career in 1974, Elliot performed two sold-out concerts at the London Palladium. She telephoned Michelle Phillips after the final concert, utterly elated that she had received standing ovations each night. She then retired for the evening, and died in her sleep of a heart attack.[10] The New York Times did report on August 6, The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. ... Heart attack redirects here. ...


At Elliot's death, her sister, Leah Kunkel, received custody of Cass' daughter Owen, then just seven years old. Kunkel is also a singer and charted in 1984 as a member of the Coyote Sisters on the single "Straight From The Heart (Into Your Life)." Kunkel was interviewed by VH1 in 1997 and discussed her famous sister for the "Mamas & Papas" episode of the network's documentary series Behind The Music. This article is about the year. ... The Coyote Sisters are an American pop-rock female trio formed in 1980. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... For the album by The Soundtrack of Our Lives, see Behind the Music (album). ...


Tributes, barbs and popular culture references

Since her death, Mama Cass in general, and specifically the false legend surrounding the cause of her death, have been the butt of jokes in comedy routines, movies, and songs, by performers such as Frank Zappa, Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Mike Myers (in the first Austin Powers movie), TISM, Jack Black, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Robin Williams, Foetus and others. Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American comedian, actor, musician, screenwriter, and film producer. ... Denis Leary (born Denis Colin Leary on August 18, 1957) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, comedian, writer and director. ... This article is about the actor. ... Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, directed by Jay Roach, is the first film of the Austin Powers series. ... TISM (an acronym of This Is Serious Mum) is a seven piece anonymous alternative rock band from Melbourne, Australia. ... For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... This article is about the musician. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Foetus is the main entity of industrial music pioneer J.G. Thirlwell. ...


There also have been tributes to her in the years since her death. The song "Mama, I Remember You Now" by the Swedish artist Marit Bergman is a tribute to Mama Cass.[11] She was the subject of a 2004 stage production in Dublin,[12] The Songs of Mama Cass, with Kristin Kapelli performing main vocals. The Crosby, Stills & Nash Greatest Hits album released in 2005 was dedicated to Cass Elliot. The British film Beautiful Thing heavily features her recordings, and the memory of Cass plays a role in the life of one character. Elliot's recording of Make Your Own Kind of Music is featured prominently in multiple episodes of Lost. Liv-Marit Bergman (born May 21, 1975) is a Swedish pop musician. ... Crosby, Stills, & Nash (sometimes known as Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young) is a pioneering folk rock/rock supergroup that formed out of the remnants of three 1960s bands the Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, and the Hollies. ... Greatest Hits is a Crosby, Stills & Nash compilation released by Rhino Records in 2005. ... Australian promotional poster for the film release Beautiful Thing is a play written in 1993 by Jonathan Harvey and the 1995 Channel Four production based on the play, with a screenplay revised by Harvey. ... Make Your Own Kind of Music is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, most famously performed by Mama Cass Elliot on her 1969 album Bubblegum, Lemonade and Something for Mama. ... LOST redirects here. ...


Solo discography

Albums

  • 1968: Dream a Little Dream - US #87
  • 1969: Bubblegum, Lemonade, And... Something for Mama - US #91
  • 1969: Make Your Own Kind of Music - US #169 (a reissue of Bubblegum, Lemonade... with the hit title song added)
  • 1971: Cass Elliot
  • 1971: Mama's Big Ones (solo greatest hits) - US #194
  • 1971: Dave Mason and Mama Cass - US #49
  • 1972: The Road Is No Place for a Lady
  • 1973: Don't Call Me Mama Anymore

Singles

  • 1968: "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (Mama Cass with the Mamas & the Papas) - US #12 Pop/#2 AC, UK #11
  • 1968: "California Earthquake" - US #67
  • 1969: "Move in a Little Closer, Baby" - US #58 Pop/#32 AC
  • 1969: "It's Getting Better" - US #30 Pop/#13 AC, UK #8
  • 1969: "Make Your Own Kind of Music" - US #36 Pop/#6 AC
  • 1970: "New World Coming" - US #42 Pop/#4 AC
  • 1970: "A Song That Never Comes" - US #99 Pop/#25 AC
  • 1970: "The Good Times Are Coming" - US #104 Pop/#19 AC
  • 1970: "Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By" - US #110 Pop/#34 AC

Dream a Little Dream of Me is a song, with music composed by classical composer Milton Adolphus in 1931, and lyrics by Gus Kahn. ... Make Your Own Kind of Music is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, most famously performed by Mama Cass Elliot on her 1969 album Bubblegum, Lemonade and Something for Mama. ...

References

  1. ^ Rolling Stone magazine, October 26, 1968, No. 20
  2. ^ "Pipe Dream" Snopes.com debunking of pipe story
  3. ^ "Dream A Little Dream" performance transcript from Denny Doherty's website, DennyDoherty.com
  4. ^ Cass Elliott dies at age 32
  5. ^ Meet the Mugwumps
  6. ^ July 12, 1971 Time Magazine announcement of Elliot's marriage to von Wiedenman
  7. ^ For a photo, see the Official Cass Elliot Website.
  8. ^ California Dreamgirl, Vanity Fair magazine article quoting Michelle Phillips and Owen Elliot, Dec. 2007.
  9. ^ http://www.superseventies.com/faq_beachboys.html
  10. ^ Staff report (July 30, 1974). Cass Elliot, Pop Singer, Dies; Star of the Mamas and Papas; A Hearty Performer. An urban legend arose that Elliot died choking on a ham sandwich. Speaking to the press shortly after her body was discovered, the police noted that a partly eaten sandwich had been found in her room and speculated that she may have choked while eating it. When the coroner's autopsy was performed, no food was found in her trachea and the cause of death was determined to have been heart failure and that she had died in her sleep. But by then, the specious Fatal Ham Sandwich story was already making the rounds and the real cause of death was rarely discussed.<ref>[http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/mamacass.htm "Ham and Wheeze"], [[Snopes]] article debunking "Ham Sandwich" death story</li> <li id="_note-9">'''[[#_ref-9|^]]''' http://www.maritbergman.net/?page_id=2</li> <li id="_note-10">'''[[#_ref-10|^]]''' {{cite news|url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/article990330.ece| title=Pop: Kristin Kapelli | publisher=The Sunday Times (London)|date=2004-01-11|accessdate=2007-10-30}}</li></ol></ref>

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