Friday, January 19, 2007

Dennis Doherty, 1941-2007

















Farewell Dennis.

Only a Mama is left. Michelle Phillips is the sole surviving member of the Mamas & the Papas. Dennis "Denny" Gerard Stephen Doherty, the fourth member of the group, died January 19. He was 66. While John Phillips wrote most of the group's material, Doherty had a songwriting credit on one of the biggest Mamas & the Papas biggest hits, "I Saw Her Again Last Night," as well as on the prescient "Got a Feeling". The song from 1966 distills the essence of the popular group's psychedelic folk-based pop. Those comely harmonies are still too much. Heads up, Arcade Fire and Shins fans.

5 comments:

Bob_lovell2001 said...

Denis Doherty a la Prochaine, The next time

Corky said...

I can't imagine how oldies radio would sound without their contribution. They took folk harmonies to places it had never been and the interplay of their voices hinted at arrangements more complex than your standard issue campfire singalong.

Happy In Bag said...

Yes sir.

PJ said...

From school together at A McKay to fame and back to Halifax. I followed you all the way. Peace Man.
PJ

Villette said...

How we will miss him...
He had a project involving Irish heritage going up to his last days...
I have posted a tribute at http://papa-denny-tribute.spaces.live.com

Villette