THE SUM­MER OF LOVE AN­THEM

Woman & Home - - PERSONAL STORY -

MICHELLE PHILLIPS, 73, IS THE LAST SUR­VIV­ING MEM­BER OF THE MAMAS AND THE PA­PAS. FORMED IN 1965 BY MICHELLE, HER THEN-HUS­BAND JOHN PHILLIPS, DENNY DO­HERTY AND CASS EL­LIOT, THE BAND HAD THEIR FIRST HIT THAT YEAR WITH Cal­i­for­nia Dreamin’ AND WENT ON TO SELL 40 MIL­LION AL­BUMS. JOHN WROTE San Fran­cisco

(Be Sure to Wear Flow­ers in Your

Hair), WHICH HE GAVE TO EX-BAND MATE SCOTT MCKEN­ZIE TO SING AND IT BE­CAME THE AN­THEM OF THE SUM­MER OF LOVE. HE PER­FORMED IT AT THE MON­TEREY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL POP FES­TI­VAL (16-18 JUNE 1967), OR­GAN­ISED BY JOHN, MICHELLE AND RECORD PRO­DUCER, LOU ADLER. THE FES­TI­VAL IN­SPIRED SUB­SE­QUENT FES­TI­VALS IN­CLUD­ING WOOD­STOCK IN 1969. JIMI HEN­DRIX FA­MOUSLY BURNT HIS GUI­TAR ON STAGE

AND MICK JAG­GER WAS IN THE AU­DI­ENCE.

THE MAMAS AND THE PA­PAS SPLIT IN 1968 AND MICHELLE PUR­SUED AN ACT­ING CA­REER, AND NOW LIVES IN LOS AN­GE­LES. SHE HAS A PART­NER, STEVEN ZAX, AND THREE CHIL­DREN FROM PRE­VI­OUS RE­LA­TION­SHIPS. THIS IS WHAT SHE’S SAID ABOUT THAT TIME: “JOHN AND I MET WHEN HE WAS DO­ING A GIG IN SAN FRAN­CISCO. WE MADE EYE CON­TACT AND I WAS BE­SOT­TED. WE ASKED THE OWNER TO IN­TRO­DUCE US AND HE DID. MY GIRL­FRIEND STARTED SEE­ING SCOTT MCKEN­ZIE [JOHN’S BAND MATE], AND

HE’D COME BY THE APART­MENT. I THINK PROB­A­BLY TWO OR THREE WEEKS LATER, WE RAN INTO THEM AT A PARTY AND JOHN JUST MADE THE BIG PASS AND THERE WE WERE.

“THE WEEK­END OF THE MON­TEREY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL POP FES­TI­VAL STARTED WHAT BE­CAME KNOWN AS THE SUM­MER OF

LOVE. SCOTT MACKEN­ZIE SANG THE AN­THEM AND WE, THE MAMAS AND THE PA­PAS, CLOSED THE FES­TI­VAL. I DIDN’T RE­ALISE UN­TIL HALFWAY THROUGH THE CON­CERT THAT MY

MIC WAS BRO­KEN AND YOU COULDN’T HEAR MY VOICE. A LOT OF PEO­PLE SAID, ‘OH NO, IT WAS A FAB­U­LOUS PER­FOR­MANCE!’ I GUESS IT DE­PENDED ON HOW MUCH YOU SMOKED!

“I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE DO­ING THE MAMAS AND THE PA­PAS ANY MORE, BUT I AM PROUD OF WHAT WE AC­COM­PLISHED. I HAVE WON­DER­FUL FEEL­INGS ABOUT THE GROUP BE­CAUSE I LEARNED A LOT IN THAT JOUR­NEY. IT WAS A VERY GROOVY TIME.”

The Mon­terey County Fair & Event Cen­ter where the 1967 fes­ti­val was held is cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary all this year. Visit seemon­terey.com W&H

“Jimi Hen­drix fa­mously burnt his gui­tar on stage and Mick Jag­ger was in the au­di­ence”

THE MAMAS AND THE PA­PAS PER­FORMED AT THE 1967 MON­TEREY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL POP FES­TI­VAL

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