- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 20, 2007

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Denny Doherty of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, known for their soaring harmony on hits like “California Dreamin’ ” and “Monday, Monday,” died Friday, his sister said. He was 66.

The singer-songwriter died at his home in Mississauga, a city just west of Toronto, after a short illness, his sister Frances Arnold said. He had suffered kidney problems after surgery last month and had been put on dialysis, Mrs. Arnold said.

The group burst on the national scene in 1966 with the Top 10 smash “California Dreamin.’ ”

The Mamas and the Papas broke new ground by having men and women in one group at a time when most singing groups were unisex. John Phillips, the group’s chief songwriter; his wife, Michelle; and another female vocalist, Cass Elliot, teamed with Mr. Doherty. Michelle Phillips is the only surviving member of the quartet.

In 1998, the Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2003, Mr. Doherty was co-author and performer in an off-Broadway show called “Dream a Little Dream: The Mamas and the Papas Musical.”

Mr. Doherty, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, started his music career in Montreal in 1960 as the co-founder of the Colonials, which later became the Halifax Three.

Mr. Doherty made a solo album in 1974 and achieved a bit of immortality by both playing the Harbormaster and voicing all the characters for the children’s TV series “Theodore Tugboat.”

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