Denny Doherty passes away aged 66
Mamas & The Papas singer Denny Doherty died yesterday (January 19).
According to his sister Frances Arnold he had suffered kidney problems following surgery last month and had been on dialysis. He was 66.
Doherty formed the Los Angeles band with John Phillips, Michelle Phillips and Cass “Mama Cass” Elliot and clocked up a series of hits in the 1960s and 70s with the likes of California Dreamin’ and ’Monday, Monday’.
Following the band’s split Doherty released two solo albums, and later achieved success in the 1990s playing the Harbour Master character on the US PBS television show Theodore Tugboat.
He also recently co-wrote a play based on his experiences in the Mamas And The Paps called ’Dream A Little Dream’ which was staged in New York.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1941, Doherty was originally a member of folk group The Halifax Three before he met husband and wife John and Michelle Phillips in New York and formed the group The New Journeymen with them.
Moving to Los Angeles the group evolved with Elliot’s inclusion and were among the first to pioneer the acid-fuelled, sun-kissed West Coast sound.
The Phillips’s split up during the band’s lifespan, and the group eventually fell apart due to personal disputes in 1971. Elliot died in 1974, while John Phillips passed away in 2001 leading Doherty and Michelle Phillips to reunite for a one-off tribute show.
According to AP, Doherty was married twice – both wives died before him – and is survived by three children.
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