The quartet's debut album displayed their unique ability to “own” songs across a wide range of pop styles, both their compositions and covers.
The album was a gold-certified No. 2 hit in the US, spending spent over a year on the bestsellers.
Their creative intensity in little more than two initial years of success makes uDiscover's The Mamas and the Papas In 20 Songs an unmissable listen.
The track evoked the Summer of Love of a few months earlier and made lyrical reference to The Beatles.
The summer of 1966 brought the Californian quartet's next hit, 'I Saw Her Again.'
The ex-wife of bandmate John Phillips helped to create the sound of California.
As the last surviving member of pop harmony giants the Mamas and the Papas, we celebrate Michelle Phillips' musical legacy on her birthday 4 June 1944.