On July 29 Mama Cass passed away…

On July 29, 1974 Cass Elliot passed away. The singer, better known as Mama Cass, is best known for being a member of the 60’s/early 70’s rock band, “The Mamas & The Papas,” as well as her solo career after the group disbanded. Throughout her musical career, she was often known for her charismatic demeanor, as well as her strong distinctive voice. Some of her biggest and most notable hits (solo and as part of “The Mamas & The Papas) include “California Dreamin’,” “Monday Monday,” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”

Mama Cass Elliot RCA Records

Mama Cass Elliot
RCA Records

In 1998, alongside the other members of “The Mamas & The Papas” (John Phillips, Denny Doherty, and Michelle Phillips), Elliot was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Mamas & The Papas Dunhill Records / Geffen Records

The Mamas & The Papas
Dunhill Records / Geffen Records

After performing two sold-out nights in the London Palladium, Elliot passed away from her sleep due to a heart attack. After her final show, she had called Michelle Phillips discussing her shows, notably happy for receiving standing ovations, and soon later, died in her sleep. An urban legend developed that Elliot died from choking on a ham sandwich after police told reporters they had found a partially eaten ham sandwich in her room. It has been said that her heart attack occurred from her losing 80 pounds due to fasting, causing her heart to become weak. At the time of her death she was 32. She was survived by a daughter named Owen Elliot born in 1967.

The Mamas & The Papas performing “California Dreamin’”:

Random Pop Culture Fact: Four years later, Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, died in the same room at the same age.

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