Friday, January 19, 2007
Dennis Doherty, 1941-2007
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.