John Phillips has died aged 65...

THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS founder and chief songwriter JOHN PHILLIPS died yesterday morning (March 18) aged 65.

Phillipshad a heart attack after years of alcohol and drug abuse since forming the The Mamas And The Papas in 1965 with his wife Michelle, ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty.

The songs he wrote for the band have remained popular to this day – one of the band’s hits ‘Monday Monday’ has been recorded by pop sensations Hear’say for their debut album, due out next week.

Other favourite Mamas And The Papas songs written by Phillips include ‘California Dreamin” and ‘Creeque Alley’. He also wrote for others, and penned ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’ which was recorded by his old friend Scott McKenzie.

According to [url=], Phillips also organised the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, which featured epoch-defining performances by the likes of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

He leaves daughters Chynna, previously of pop group Wilson Phillips, Bijou and Mackenzie. He divorced wife Michelle in 1970 after the The Mamas And The Papas split in 1968.