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M&P's TV appearances

Postby Ars_Nova_Chris » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:24 pm

Does anybody have a comprehensive list of the M&P's TV appearances?

Also, I remember reading something somewhere about a show on ABC I believe called Songwriters Special where the Mamas and Papas did "Boys and Girls Together". Is this accurate? Anyone have any more info?
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Re: M&P's TV appearances

Postby Ars_Nova_Chris » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:11 pm

Ah, okay, the show was called "The Songmakers" and it aired February 24, 1967 on ABC. Here's some info from Time Magazine from that time...

"THE SONGMAKERS (ABC, 10-11 p.m.). How to read the public taste and how to make a hit with it are the subjects; The Mamas and The Papas, Dionne Warwick, Simon and Garfunkel, and Songwriters Johnny Mercer and Burt Bacharach do the explaining."

Anybody ever seen it?
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Re: M&P's TV appearances

Postby Nicole » Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:01 am

Hi Chris,
Unfortunately, I've never seen that.
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Re: M&P's TV appearances

Postby Rbcsoup » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:35 pm

I have an audio tape of the program and it's quite interesting...it chronicles the group's recording of "Boys and Girls Together" and shows how they made "their sound." You've seen clips of it too--whenever they show the 'home movies' of The Ms and Ps--the footage of them sitting around in John and Michelle's house around the table and the color footage of them in the studio holding headphones to their ears are from this show (I think).

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Re: M&P's TV appearances

Postby Ars_Nova_Chris » Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:46 pm

Wow, this sounds like the holy grail of M&P's videos! Sure would be great if the video itself surfaced one day. Even just the audio sounds like it would be amazing!
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Re: M&P's TV appearances

Postby Rbcsoup » Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:59 am

NB-Cass' Televisionography is on the site -


Group’s Televisiongraphy—by Richard Campbell and Greg Russo

TELEVISION APPEARANCES

“Shindig!” (ABC-TV; first aired 12/11/65. Filmed at ABC Studios, Hollywood, CA). Songs performed: “I Call Your Name (acoustic version),” “Somebody Groovy” (live vocals over backing track), “California Dreamin’” (lip-synch), “Yesterday” (backing vocals for Barry McGuire; live vocals over backing track), “Do You Believe In Magic” (backing vocals for Barry McGuire; live vocals over backing track), “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (backing vocals for Barry McGuire; live vocals over backing track) and “Hang On Sloopy” (backing vocals for Barry McGuire; live vocals over backing track).

“Shivaree” (ABC-TV; first aired 12/25/65. Filmed at KABC Studios, Hollywood, CA). Songs performed: “California Dreamin’” and “Somebody Groovy” (the latter running over the end credits).

“Hollywood Palace” (ABC-TV; first aired 01/29/66. Repeated on 07/30/66. Filmed at The Hollywood Palace, Hollywood, CA). Songs performed: “California Dreamin’” (lip-synch) and “Be My Valentine” (the latter with the group singing live backup to Arthur Godfrey).

“Where The Action Is” (ABC-TV; first aired 03/10/66. Filmed at ABC Studios, San Diego, CA). Songs performed: “Monday, Monday” and “California Dreamin’.”

“Hullabaloo” (NBC-TV; first aired 03/14/66. Repeated 08/08/66. Filmed at NBC Studios, Brooklyn, NY). Songs performed: “California Dreamin’,” “Nowhere Man” (part of a medley with other groups) and “Daydream” (The Mamas & The Papas sing one line of a verse in this ensemble version with Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Rydell and Noel Harrison).

“The Lloyd Thaxton Show” (KCOP-TV, Hollywood; first aired 03/66. Filmed at KCOP-TV Studios, Hollywood, CA). Songs performed: “Monday, Monday” and “California Dreamin’.”

“American Bandstand” (ABC-TV; first aired 03/19/66. Filmed at ABC Studios, Hollywood, CA). Songs performed: “California Dreamin’.”

“Where The Action Is” (ABC-TV; first aired 04/07/66. Filmed at ABC Studios, San Diego, CA). Songs performed: “I Call Your Name” and “California Dreamin’.”

“Hollywood Palace” (ABC-TV; first aired 04/09/66. Filmed at The Hollywood Palace, Hollywood, CA). Songs performed: “Monday, Monday.”

“Hollywood Palace” (ABC-TV; first aired 09/17/66. Filmed at The Hollywood Palace, Hollywood, CA). Songs performed: “Dancing Bear” and “Dancing In The Street.”

“Where The Action Is” (ABC-TV; first aired 09/29/66. Filmed at ABC Studios, San Diego, CA). Songs performed: “Monday, Monday” and “Got A Feelin’.”

“The Ed Sullivan Show” (CBS-TV; first aired 12/11/66. Filmed at CBS Studios, New York, NY). Songs performed: “Monday, Monday,” “California Dreamin’” and “Words Of Love.”

“The Songmakers” (ABC-TV; first aired 02/24/67. Filmed at Western Recorders, Studio 3, Hollywood, CA). Songs performed: “Boys & Girls Together” (studio recording session from 12/01/66).

“Rodgers And Hart Today” (ABC-TV; first aired 03/02/67. Repeated 05/11/67. Filmed at ABC Studios, Hollywood, CA). Songs performed: “My Heart Stood Still,” “Glad To Be Unhappy,” “Here In My Arms” and “Sing For Your Supper.”

“The Ed Sullivan Show” (CBS-TV; first aired 06/11/67. Filmed at CBS Studios, New York, NY). Songs performed: “Creeque Alley” and “Dedicated To The One I Love.”

“The Ed Sullivan Show” (CBS-TV; first aired 09/24/67. Repeated 07/14/68. Filmed at CBS Studios, New York, NY). Songs performed: “Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon),” “California Dreamin’,” “I Call Your Name” and “Monday, Monday.”
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Re: M&P's TV appearances

Postby Ars_Nova_Chris » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:32 am

For the appearances listed without mention of this, are these all lip-syncs or live vocal over backing tracks or a mix of the two?

Also, is this not from a tv appearance?

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Re: M&P's TV appearances

Postby Sandy » Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:38 am

Let me inject what I remember from watching "The Songmakers" when it aired in '67.

The group was sitting around a table in one of their homes. They each had handwritten "Boys & Girls" lyrics in front of them. They were discussing the arrangement. At one point, the camera was on one of the lyric sheets and a hand came in the shot (Michelle's I think) and drew a large question mark on the page over the lyrics.

The studio scene showed the group doing a run-through of the song. Denny was singing lead, singing the part we know was eventually recorded by Cass and Michelle.

When "The Songmakers" was repeated in the summer of '67, The M&P's portion was interrupted about two minutes in by President Johnson. I wanted to kick the TV screen in.

That's all I remember. I was 12 years old. That was a long time ago. (side note: I am exactly 10 years and 8 days younger than Michelle)
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Re: M&P's TV appearances

Postby Ars_Nova_Chris » Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:23 pm

Thanks a lot for the info, Sandy! Wow, Denny singing lead on "Boys and Girls Together"? I've got to track this down somehow...
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Re: M&P's TV appearances

Postby Christopher60s » Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:25 am

Wow! I heard about that show, but i never known that The Mamas And The Papas performed there a song "Boys And Girls". M&Ps did only 40-50 live appeariances at all, John said that in his interwiev. However, there's only about 20 videos on youtube and other sites, to watch. I miss an amazing footage of M&Ps on Shindig! (ABC), 1965, where M&Ps performed "Somebody Groovy", "Do You Believe In Magic", "You've got to hide your love away" (It was with Barry). I know that someone has all those footages, Michelle Phillips of cause has them, She used a lot of rare videos in "California Dreamin: The Songs of the mamas and papas" video released in 2004. I think She could make Her official channel on youtube. And there was a footage from "Straight Shooter", M&Ps live concert, i think it was in Phoenix, (maybe somebody knows, Cass was holding a wallpaper in that video which says "Cass is omnipotent") 'cause they had a tour all over USA, so there's one. But it was just a small piece of full lenght appearance, and even you can't predict what kind of song was in there. There's a lot of rarities in this world about M&Ps. I believe, one day they all come on publicity.
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