Kris Kross

Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) were a teenage rap duo of the early 90's most famous for wearing their clothes backward. They were discovered in 1991 performing at a mall in Atlanta, GA by Jermaine Dupri. Their first album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and managed to sell more than four million copies. It included the hit single Jump, which stayed at number 1 on the Billboard charts for eight weeks. This landed them a spot on Michael Jackson's European tour that year.

Released in 1993, a second album, entitled Da Bomb failed to match their early success. 1996 saw the release of their final album Young, Rich and Dangerous which was also a commercial dissapointment.

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1996 saw the release of their final album Young, Rich and Dangerous which was also a commercial dissapointment. Also many Greatest Hits packages were released world-wide. Released in 1993, a second album, entitled Da Bomb failed to match their early success. But none of them have the spirit and impact of the original group that John Phillips helped to build. This landed them a spot on Michael Jackson's European tour that year. In recent years, entirely new, succeeding incarnations of The Mamas & the Papas have toured small cities nationwide. It included the hit single Jump, which stayed at number 1 on the Billboard charts for eight weeks. The Mamas & the Papas were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.

Their first album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and managed to sell more than four million copies. John's last daughter, Bijou Phillips, is a successful actress. They were discovered in 1991 performing at a mall in Atlanta, GA by Jermaine Dupri. John and Michelle's daughter, Chynna, would go on to form the band Wilson Phillips along with the daughters of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, with whom she's been friends since infancy. Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) were a teenage rap duo of the early 90's most famous for wearing their clothes backward. John's first daughter, Mackenzie Phillips went on to play a teenager in the 1970s TV series One Day at a Time. Michelle Phillips went on to a successful acting career and Denny Doherty a popular variety show in Canada.

"Papa John" Phillips died of heart failure on March 18, 2001. While on tour, Cass Elliott died of a heart attack on July 29, 1974. After about a year apart, the band regrouped and released their final album "People Like Us" in 1971. In reviewing their contracts, the record company decided the band owed them one more album.

and Europe. Cass Elliott started a very successful solo career and toured the U.S. The band broke up in 1968. Cass was contractually obligated for the next album, however, and appeared on "The Papas & the Mamas.".

The record company released a Greatest Hits compilation as a stop-gap measure. Disgusted and humiliated, she stormed out of the party and quit the band. John approached them and made an insulting remark about her in front of the guests. While in England at a party thrown by the record company, Elliott was talking to Mick Jagger.

After making no progress, they decided to take a trip to Europe to spark their creativity. The band tried to work on another album (to which they were contractually obligated). Eventually the band closed The First Monterey International Pop Festival, but performed dismally. Doherty was drinking heavily trying to forget Michelle and had a hard time seeing her back with John.

Michelle moved back in with John and the band tried to forge ahead and things seemed fine for a while (at least they pretended they were). At every concert, the crowd would scream, "Where's Mama Michelle?", "We want Mama Michelle!" Shortly afterwards, they re-introduced Michelle to the band's lineup and ejected Jill. Shortly after they started touring with her, however, it became apparent that the fans weren't happy with the substitution of Michelle. Her most important asset, however, was that she was a good replacement for Michelle: long blonde hair, slim figure, pretty face, etc.

Gibson wasn't a singer (but arguably, Michelle wasn't much of a singer either), but learned to sing within a few weeks. At this point they hired a new band member to replace Michelle, Jill Gibson, girlfriend of their producer. Consulting their attorney, they drafted a formal statement kicking Michelle out of the band. After one concert where Michelle blew kisses to front-row-seated Clark, John said he couldn't stand to perform with Michelle any longer.

At this point she fled into the arms of Gene Clark of The Byrds (friends and rivals of The Mamas & the Papas). Initially she couldn't decide, but eventually went back with John before leaving him again. They were both still in love with Michelle and one day confronted her and told her to decide between them. John couldn't stand to live with Michelle afterwards and so moved back in with Doherty.

Soon afterwards, John Phillips caught Michelle and Doherty in the act and moved out of the house. During a trip to Mexico, Denny revealed his affair to Elliot, who was furious (since she was secretly in love with Doherty). They were able to keep it secret from the other two band members for quite some time. Early on in the band's history, when they were still "The New Journeymen" without Cass Elliott, Michelle and Doherty began an affair.

John Phillips married Michelle long before the formation of the band when she was just seventeen. The breakup of The Mamas & the Papas can be likened to that of Camelot: as infidelity destroyed King Arthur's kingdom, so did it tear apart the four members of the band. They even admit that their drug activities were usually openly viewed by their young children, also usually present at recording sessions. In interviews, former band members confide that their recording sessions (and lifestyles) were usually heavily drug-laden, with large reserves of marijuana and other popular '60s drugs on hand.

Michelle chimed in that she wanted to be a "Mama" too. John and Denny looked at each other and John said, "Papas? Okay, problem solved." And the band had a new name. Some people call our women cheap, but we just call them our Mamas." Cass jumped up and exclaimed, "Yeah ! I want to be a Mama!". The first thing they heard was: "Now hold on there, Hoss. Someone switched on the TV and a talk show was on with a Hell's Angel.

Before their first album, the band was known as "The New Journeymen." Wanting a name easier to remember, they were sitting around their house (which all four band members initially shared) brainstorming on a new name. The name of the band was inspired by a daytime television talk show. They hit it big immediately after forming the Mamas & the Papas with "California Dreamin'", still their most recognizable and enduring song. John Phillips, Cass Elliot, Denny Doherty and Michelle Phillips formed the group after several previous folk groups failed.

The Mamas & the Papas were a leading vocal group of the 1960s, and one of the few American groups to maintain widespread success during the British Invasion, along with The Beach Boys. People Like Us (1971). Papas & The Mamas (1968). The Mamas and Papas Deliver (1967).

The Mamas and the Papas (1966). If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966).

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