God Bless Mama Cass ~ Who Died 35 Years Ago Today


Not that I believe in an interventionist deity. The only gods I believe in tend to wield cricket bats or write songs with titles like The Amorous Humphrey Plugg. I don’t even believe she’s up there, warbling away in her heavenly way with John & Denny. However, ‘God Bless’ conveys the right sentiment.

The joys of Mama Cass Elliot’s brand of sunshine pop dawned relatively late on my cloth ears, but this summer I have been playing little else. Regular readers will recall my going ape over the recent BBC4 Mamas and Papas documentary.

On July 29th 1974 Cass passed away of natural causes aged 32 in a Mayfair flat owned by her friend Harry Nilsson. Four years later Keith Moon would die in the same flat. She had just performed two highly successful solo shows at the London Palladium.

I’ve not much more to add today other than to say thanks for the great music you left behind and Rest in Peace.

Here’s a particular favourite of mine, Different, from the Pufnstuf film. Dig!


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