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Mama Cass Elliot

Best-known as one of the singers of the renowned '60s psychedelic pop outfit the Mamas & the Papas, Cass Elliot (or Mama Cass), was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, MD, but grew up in Washington, D.C. It was during her senior year in high school that Elliot began singing (as well as acting), relocating to New York City by the early '60s and eventually touring in a production of The Music Man. With the folk music movement sweeping the nation around this time, Elliot formed the Big Three with other members Tim Rose and James Hendricks, issuing a few underappreciated albums (Live at the Recording Studio, The Big 3). The group eventually metamorphosized into the Mugwumps after Rose was replaced by a few other members, including Denny Doherty, but with only an obscure single to show for their hard work, the Mugwumps were kaput by 1964. To make a long story short, Elliot and Doherty eventually teamed up with the husband/wife team of John and Michelle Phillips, forming the Mamas & the Papas by the mid-'60s. Although the group would only remain together for a few short years, their impact on the rock music world was great, resulting in such classic hit singles as "California Dreamin'," "Monday Monday," and "I Saw Her Again," among others.

Upon the group's breakup in 1968, Elliot launched a solo career, issuing such albums as 1968's Dream a Little Dream of Me, 1969's Bubble Gum, Lemonade, & Something for Mama and Make Your Own Kind of Music, 1970's Mama's Big Ones, 1971's Dave Mason & Cass Elliot, 1972's The Road Is No Place for a Lady, and finally, 1973's Don't Call Me Mama Anymore. In addition, Elliot hosted two prime time TV specials of her own in 1969 and 1973, and appeared on numerous TV shows in the early '70s (including co-hosting The Tonight Show, as well as programs by Mike Douglas, Johnny Cash, Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett, Tom Jones, and Red Skelton). But tragedy struck on July 29, 1974, as Elliot died from a heart attack in London during a sold-out, two-week engagement at the London Palladium. But Elliot's contributions to rock music didn't go unnoticed as the Mamas & the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (with Elliot's only child, Owen, accepting the award at the ceremony for her late mother). ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Actually heart failure is cited as the cause of death. A wonderful talent and a beautiful woman who will be missed. Dream those beautiful dreams mamma.
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The choked on a ham sandwich was an not the cause of death. She asphyxiated due to reluxing of stomach contents as she slept. This apparently happened due to years of bing/purging to try to maintain the acceptable weight that society thought was normal. This cause damage to her esophagus, and therefore her death.
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pnotchr73
Yes, I do agree that she had a wonderful voice. She was definitely talented.
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I was blessed with having mama cass coat she wore the last show she did. I been asked so many times when i am willing to sell it. Don't know maybe when the right buyer comes along.
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An other one taken from us far too early.
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hambone5287
One of the greatest voices of her era. Dream on Girl. You make a lot of memories possible for me when I hear your music. Solo and Mamas and Pappas.
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cfleet4
Loved her voice. Such a talented singer.
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Love her she was awesome
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Against my better judgment, I've always loved Make Your Own Kind of Music. It's a Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil tune, but Cass gets the lyric just like, and even the 'overproduct i o n ' sounds right--like a bombastic Declaration of the Late 60s. A real pleasure to hear it again.
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Beautiful! No one quite like her.
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Another one gone too soon
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Always liked her


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dream a little dream.....
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Against my better judgment, I've always liked getting Better Every Day
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Awake
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Cass grew up in Alexandria, Virginia (not DC) attending GW High School.
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Her music will live on forever
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She left her beautiful voice to share over & over with us! Wish I could have met her! Julie b.
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andreanna.me t r u l a s
One of the Greatest voices Ever ! xo
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Cass has always been at the top of my list for vocal range and quality. Shame she never teamed up with Art Garfunkel.
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phantom11.ry a n
Mamma will always be in my heart dream a little dream of me
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doktorbob996
Mama is a Professional .
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes . When done press f6 and your lovers name Will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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her voice just lifts me up. love it.
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thought she choked to death on a sandwich!
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Love you Mama Cass!
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Mama Cass will always be remembered! RIP
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A true tragedy. We will never know the great music that was lost with her.
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She was first rate. Who knows what she would have done if she'd lived a little longer.
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Lets give the ham sandwich thing a rest. It's an urban myth and an insult to Cass and the daughter she left behind. Cass was a truly talented singer. Lets remember her THAT way.
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njgirl0976
I could listen to Cass sing all night long.
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kfassett777
I was in 9th grade and the Ham sandwich was in the paper and in the news on tv...nothing was ever mentioned of a heart attack...
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Fogot what real singing sounded. Like
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Want to hear another silky voice, search Eva Cassidy. Another great one that died young. Sang in and around the Baltimore/DC area.

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more than just a beautiful voice, she was a beautiful woman. I was/am madly in love with her.
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Silk voice.One of the greatest.
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Love these lyrics so true! :) mama cass is great
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She had a beautiful voice:)
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steveandlaur a 7 1 8 9
a special singer
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oh dear mama I love you
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Enchanting lyrics...
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ehclwry
Dear Cass...we miss you...wish we didn't have to...thanks for leaving a sweet, sweet legacy...hcl
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Oh to dream of what we missed out on because of her passing.
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Who got the dropsy, or the droosy`s?
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edecosta39
beautiful!
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such a gorgeous, clear, rich voice...
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One of my favorites - she'll forever be missed.
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robert.north 3
I love her voice... simple, pure, and fresh...
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Does anyone else remeber her guest stints on HR Puffinstuff. What a great singer and comic.
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One of the coolest voices ever.
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