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Mamas and Papas singer Doherty dies

The Canadian member of the seminal ’60s group was 66

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Denny Doherty
Denny Doherty: Robert Spencer/AP Photo

Denny Doherty, one of the members of the ’60s folk-rock quartet the Mamas and the Papas, died Friday following an aneurysm in his abdomen, his sister told the Associated Press. He was 66.

Along with his bandmates — John Phillips and his then-wife Michelle, and Cass Elliott — Doherty had top 10 hits in the mid-1960s with ”Monday, Monday” and ”California Dreamin’.” The group disbanded in 1968 in the wake of the Phillipses’ divorce, but re-formed two years later. That reunion was short-lived, however, and Elliott died of a heart attack in 1974.

Following Doherty’s death, Michelle Phillips is the sole surviving member of the band. (John Phillips died in 2001.)

Check back on EW.com for more — and in the meantime, check out these classic clips of the Mamas and the Papas on YouTube.

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