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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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Track List: Mama's Big Ones

1. It's Getting Better

2. Dream A Little Dream Of Me

3. Make Your Own Kind Of Music

4. Words Of Love

5. New World Coming

6. Move In A Little Closer, Baby

7. One Way Ticket

8. The Good Times Are Coming

9. Easy Come, Easy Go

10. Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By

11. Ain't Nobody Else Like You

12. A Song That Never Comes

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I SURE WILL MISS MAMA CASS, SHE WAS ONE OF A KIND AND IRREPLACABLE , SEE YOU IN HEAVEN MAMA CASS,I MISS YOU.
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I still play her music...have ever since she recorded it. They say you never die if one person remembers... s o she will live a long time in the world.
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A beautiful voice. Her death was a sad loss to music.
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smahar1
Still love listening to Make your own kinda music. Season 2 of LOST gave them a new found popularity when it aired.
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There never was a more perfect pitch voice.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is creepy because it actually works
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Brilliant, One of a Kind Voice ...I Miss you Cass ...xoxo
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wilsoncpu
Wikipedia:An oft-repeated urban legend claims that Elliot choked to death on a ham sandwich.The story spread soon after the discovery of her body and was based on speculation in the initial media coverage. An autopsy had not yet been performed, but police told reporters that a partially eaten sandwich found in her room might have been to blame. The post-mortem examination found that Elliot had died of a heart attack, and no food was found in her windpipe,yet the false story has persisted...
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I love the mommas and poppas
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The quality of music they put out in only 3 short years was astounding!
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One of the most recognizable , powerful and finest female voices ever!
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One of the songs my husband used to sing to me.
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sseargent6
She shared her voice with the world. Miss hearing her!
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olcpvideos
Rip Mama Cass Elliot.
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I remember her on Scooby Doo and that was the best ever cartoon!! Sonny and Cher, The Globe Trotters , The Addams Family!! ETC!!!
Anyway I thought Cass was the best talent in the Mamas and Papas! Beautiful voice!! God rest her!
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Jessica, yes. That's hilarious. I was just telling my mom about that and laughing. Thought nobody remembered.
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OK - Anyone remember when she joined Scooby and the Gang in a mystery? Anyone who did a Scooby Doo cameo is just awesome. :)
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davisw3
Hey, the Mamas and the Papas were not renowned as a psychedelic pop group. They were way earlier than that. Simply a wonderful popular group. No psychedelics .
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I sang this to my colicky baby girl ,what a talent rest in peace,like my beautiful baby girl,I miss this
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Mama Cass.....gre a t singer.
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xangman
She had an absolutely beautiful voice and was always on key. May she rest in peace.
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mskimmy23
I absolutely love her voice. Rest in peace, Cass.
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mskimmy23
I absolutely LOVE her voice. So talented...
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mskimmy23
I absolutely love her voice. Rest in Peace, Cass.
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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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matratus
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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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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