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The Mamas and the Papas in England, 1967.
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December 1, 2011 In our new feature about songs that conjure up chilly days and frigid nights, novelist Ann Patchett talks about a song that helped her cope with her parents' divorce, and with moving to a strange new place.
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December 22, 2008 Winter, more than any other season, has its own soundtrack: There's a nonstop loop of holiday tunes in every store you visit, and carolers in the town square. By the time late December rolls around, many people have had it. Author Tom Moon offers an alternative list of winter music.
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June 14, 2007 Two years before Woodstock, a music festival in Monterey, Calif., brought together a diverse group of big-name acts including the Mamas and the Papas and Jefferson Airplane as well as some then-unknown performers, notably Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
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July 8, 2002 A song that had America dreaming of California sunshine actually was born on a New York winter's day. As part of the Present at the Creation series, NPR's Susan Stamberg has the story of "California Dreamin'," the Mamas and the Papas' enduring anthem to homesickness.
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March 19, 2001 Host Bob Edwards remembers singer/songwriter John Phillips, who died of a heart attack on Sunday morning. The co-founder of the Mamas and the Papas and organizer of the Monterey Pop Festival penned many popular 1960s tunes, such as California Dreamin'.
March 18, 2001 We remember singer and songwriter John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas. Phillips died this morning in Los Angeles, from apparent heart failure. He was 65 years old.
Mama Cass Elliot with her Mamas and the Papas bandmates John Phillips and Denny Doherty in 1966.
March 26, 2000 As part of NPR's continuing series on the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century, Elizabeth Blair reports on the enduring popularity of the song Dream a Little Dream of Me.
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