Cass Elliot was first a member of the folky The Big 3 in 1963 and then The Mugwumps (3) along with ex-The Halifax Three member Denny Doherty in 1964-65.
Later in 1965 she joined former The New Journeymen members John Phillips, his wife Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty (who had left the Mugwumps in 1965) and they formed The Mamas & The Papas, taking the nickname Mama Cass.
She was credited with creating the group name The Mamas and The Papas while watching a TV program, with the other band members, while temporarily residing in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
She recorded an album with Dave Mason, in 1970.
Although some releases were still credited to Mama Cass Elliot, it was around this time that she used her original stage name, Cass Elliot.
Older sister of singer Leah Kunkel
Cass Elliot Discography
- 22 Vocals
- 3 Instruments & Performance
- 6 Writing & Arrangement
- 6 Production
- 1 Acting, Literary & Spoken