Singer and songwriter Denny Doherty, a member of the hit 1960s vocal group the Mamas and the Papas, died at his home near Toronto on Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. He was 66. The Los Angeles-based quartet had six Top 10 hits in a brief, two-year career that strongly influenced the "California sound" of the 1960s and '70s, starting with California Dreamin in 1966 and including Monday, Monday and Dedicated to the One I Love. The Mamas and the Papas appeared at the landmark 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, then broke up amid personal tensions and exhaustion. Doherty wrote the group's hit I Saw Her Again. His love affair with Michelle Phillips hastened the band's disintegration. "It was the time, and it was an incestuous group. Maybe that's why the harmonies were so good," said Lou Adler, the group's record producer and manager. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In the mid-'90s, Doherty had success in the role of the Harbormaster on the PBS children's show Theodore Tugboat. Shown here are the Mamas and the Papas on tour in England in 1967: From left, Doherty, Cass Elliot, Michele Phillips and John Phillips. Elliot died in 1974 and John Phillips in 2001.
AP, Peter kemp, file