John Phillips
Musician and songwriter
John Phillips
John Edmund Andrew Phillips, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Known as Papa John, Phillips was a member and leader of the singing group The Mamas & the Papas. He was the father of Jeffrey, Mackenzie, Chynna, Tamerlane, and Bijou Phillips.
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California Dreamin'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"California Dreamin'" was the name of a Beach Boys hit (originally written by Michelle and John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas). But what can we say about California other than the fact that it's a kook fest. Esperanto might be the universal language, but it might also be an adjective used to define the locutions of a state which are totally impenetrable to cynical realists from say New York. Remember California led the way in passing an affirmative consent statute requiring campus couples to spell their intentions when they're about to have sex, though New York would follow in its footsteps ("Cuomo Signs Affirmative Consent College Sex Assault Bill Into Law," Huffington Post, 7/7/15). Voltaire's Pangloss would have been right at home with this kind of meshugas. Nothing is left to the imagination in California where soft talking and old-fashioned seduction may someday lead to a jail sentence. But you never really know what to expect next from Californians. The Times reported that a ...
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How some young stars have fared after arrests
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
While his arrest probably won't lead to his deportation to Canada or a lengthy jail term, it is the latest incident in a string of bad behavior that has the pop singer under investigation for felony vandalism and facing a lawsuit over a confrontation with a paparazzo. LINDSAY LOHAN — A star of Disney films whose acting received early praise and attention, Lohan's 2007 two arrests for DUI and drug possession still haunts the actress today. CHRIS BROWN — The R&B's 2009 arrest hours before the Grammy Awards for the brutal beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna shattered Brown's squeaky-clean image. The singer's career rebounded and he went on to win a Grammy Award, but has stumbled in recent months with allegations that he lied about performing his community service, didn't exchange the proper information after a fender-bender and hit a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. Phillips occasionally appears in small TV roles and wrote a memoir that revealed she had a decade-long sexual r ...
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Crowds flock to Blackwood summer festival
Campaign - over 3 years
JOHN PHILLIPS reports on the two-day family festival in Blackwood which aimed to help boost High Street trade.
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Marty Lipp: Three Irish Stars Form New Neo-Trad Constellation
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In Irish music today, tradition ain't what it used to be. While the casual listener might think any group of musicians playing "Irish sounding" music on acoustic instruments is traditional, even those venerable veterans The Chieftains were considered revolutionaries when they first performed. Since then, there have been several generations of performers who are firmly and lovingly rooted in tradition, but who have reinvented the music, expanding the repertoire, instruments and arrangements. This month sees the appearance of a new constellation of neo-traditional stars in the Irish music firmament: the Teetotallers -- flute player Kevin Crawford of Lunasa; guitarist John Phillips, formerly of Solas; and fiddler Martin Hayes of the duo Hayes and Cahill. In a recent interview Crawford said the three began to play together at the request of a producer at a festival in California. They were all intrigued by how well the collaboration went, so began to coordinate calendars ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Satanists: Rick Scott Can Go To Hell
Huffington Post - about 4 years
News that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o's late girlfriend was never actually alive will probably have tea partiers demanding the long-form Lennay Kekua in no time. We can't wait for Allen West's new radio show and its daily segment on guns, Get The Lead Out. And dog abandoner Rick Scott has the support of the Satanic Temple. At the time of publication, the Satanic Kennel was withholding its support. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, January 16th, 2013: INAUGURAL SHADINESS - Christina Wilkie and Paul Blumenthal: "With only days to go, the Presidential Inaugural Committee has released the names of more than 990 inauguration 'benefactors,' with additional donors expected to be identified soon. What's really interesting is not who is listed; it's who is missing. Conspicuously scarce on the list are the holy trinity of political fundraising: ultra-wealthy, top-dollar donors; reliable, midlevel campaign contributors; and corporations... An analysis by The Huffington Post ...
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Mike Ragogna: Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation with David Sanborn Mike Ragogna: David, let's get into Then Again: The David Sanborn Anthology, your new doubledisc anthology. You participated in the track selection? David Sanborn: Yeah, I actually selected all of the tracks that are on this particular collection. So what I did was I went over all of the CDs that I made at Warner Brothers or Elektra, which is all part of the Warner group over the last twenty years, from '75 until sometime in the mid-nineties. What I tried to do was make this a little bit different from some of the other collections that had been put out because I didn't really have much of a hand in putting together those collections. What I wanted to do on this particular one, when they came to me and asked if I would be interested in doing it, was to try to represent not only the chronology of the records and the music and the evolution from '75 on, but also to kind of give the listener a sense of what I consider to be representative ...
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Barbara Bruno: 2012 NFL Season Preview: The NFC East
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
The New York Giants have a paper-thin secondary, the Dallas Cowboys have no healthy ball-catchers, while the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins have shiny new quarterbacks. New York Giants The 2011 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants won it all despite a 9-7 record and a suspect running game. Tom Coughlin's iron will kept the team together and Eli Manning's playoff magic put them over the top. 2011 Wrap-up: Big Blue's D-line prevailed over Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. Again. Jason Pierre-Paul emerged as a super-star with 16.5 sacks. Rushers Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw may not have had gaudy stats, but no one outside of a fantasy cave took them lightly. New York signed Super Bowl hero LB Chase Blackburn right off his couch in midseason. The G-men finished the championship without a single healthy TE. Miracle-catch Mario Manningham is in San Francisco with RB Jacobs. The injured O-line shuffled constantly, but managed to protect No. 10 well e ...
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"San Francisco" flower power singer Scott McKenzie dead at 73
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Scott McKenzie, whose 1967 recording of "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" came to encapsulate the hippie movement, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 73. A message on his official website said McKenzie had been ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system, and died at home on Saturday. "San Francisco," written by the late John Phillips of California band The Mamas and The Papas, became a worldwide hit in 1967 and is credited with bringing thousands of young people to the city in search of flower power and free love. ...
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POSSIBLE GOOD NEWS ON OVERBECK, OTHER NOTES ...
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 4 years
Ryne Sandberg said the news on Cody Overbeck isn't as bad as it might have looked when he pulled into second base with a limp last night after his eighth-inning double. "It's more a muscle spasm or cramp than anything,' the IronPigs manager said before Wednesdays game. "He's out of the lineup as a precation tonight, so we'll check it out tomorrow and go from there." The IronPigs did not take batting practice on the field but Overbeck did take a regular turn in the indoor cage. He did not appear to be favoring his leg. "He did everything so that's a good sign," Sandberg said. Kevin Frandsen makes his fourth start at first base tonight and his 54th straigth start overall. He has appeared in 65 straight games. --- Without Overbeck's eight home runs, tonight's IronPigs lineup has hit a combined 10 home runs this seaosn, including four by John Suomi and three by Tuffy Gosewisch. Tonight's lineup: Kyle Hudson, cf; Kevin Frandsen, 1b; Pete Orr, 2b; John Suomi, dh; Michael Spi ...
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A Beach Boys homecoming at the Hollywood Bowl
LATimes - over 4 years
The group’s trademark SoCal sound will be in full effect Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. Here are a few points to ponder about Brian Wilson and the crew. Brian Wilson officially quit as a touring member of the Beach Boys in the mid-1960s and has only been on stage periodically with the band since. As for an album together? It’s been decades. But this week Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks stop at the Hollywood Bowl for a 50th anniversary tour which kicked off last month in Arizona.  The Saturday night show — followed by the release of their new album together, “Why God Made the Radio,” on June 5 — is a homecoming of sorts for this quintessential SoCal band. In celebration of this landmark event, Pop & Hiss compiled a list of facts, stats and random bits of info associated with Beach Boys, Version 2012.  Lies, damned lies and statistics: For avid Beach Boys fans, no fact is too innocuous to share with the world, and thank God the Internet was in ...
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'One Day At A Time' Cast Reunites
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
The cast of the classic mid-'70s sitcom "One Day At A Time" got together for a reunion Friday on "Good Morning America" (weekdays, 9 a.m. ET on ABC). The show, which presented a light-hearted look at the lives of a divorced mother living with her two teenage daughters, ran for nine seasons and never shied away serious topics. "The truth of the matter was, we were reflecting what was out there; it had just never been on television before," Bonnie Franklin, who played mother Ann Romano, told "GMA." "One Day At A Time" also launched the careers of Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, who went in remarkably different directions after their time on the show. Phillips, who played the rebellious daughter Julie Cooper, has spent years struggling with drug and alcohol abuse that began when she was a young girl. "My story is no different than any other kid who was going through addiction issues in America," she explained on "GMA." Phillips was a participant in Season 3 ...
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Chief of Police selected
The Eastern Echo - almost 5 years
“I think Bob [Heighes] is a dedicated, professional leader who cares very deeply for [Eastern Michigan University] and the employees he works with,” said EMU police officer John Phillips.
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Meadowbrook running game pounds Mills Godwin 43-7 - Village News Online
Google News - over 5 years
Mills Godwin head coach John Phillips summed things up pretty simply: “A lot of speed, a little misdirection,” he said, “but mostly a lot of speed.” The Monarchs used five different players to carry the ball throughout the game, but their first score
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Man accused of stabbing driver who hit young boy will stand trial - WWMT
Google News - over 5 years
A friend of John Phillips, the driver who was stabbed after hitting two-year-old Javonni Conley in July, testified on Tuesday's continuation of Coteat's preliminary hearing and shed more light on the day that Phillips was stabbed
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Falied love and a fake degree - WTSP 10 News
Google News - over 5 years
Source John Phillips/The Corsair/Penscola State College Pensacola, Florida - On the surface, it's just an employment dispute playing out at Pensacola State College, not unlike a dispute that could occur at any college. But behind the scenes,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Phillips
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2001
    Age 65
    Phillips 66 was released posthumously in August 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Cathedral City) near Palm Springs. In 1996, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to Phillips. The Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame on January 12, 1998, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.
    Phillips spent his last years in Palm Springs, California with Farnaz, his fourth wife. On March 18, 2001, he died of heart failure in Los Angeles at age 65, days after completing recording sessions for a new album.
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  • 1997
    Age 61
    Chynna Phillips, Michelle Phillips' daughter, stated that she believed Mackenzie's claims and that Mackenzie first told her about the relationship during a phone conversation in 1997, approximately 11 years after the supposed relationship had ended.
    More Details Hide Details Bijou Phillips, Mackenzie's half-sister from her father's marriage to Geneviève Waïte, said in a statement that Mackenzie had informed her of the relationship when Bijou was 13 years old, and the information had a devastating effect on Bijou's teenage years, stripping her of her innocence and leaving her "wary of her father." She also stated, "I'm 29 now, I've talked to everyone who was around during that time, I've asked the hard questions. I do not believe my sister. Our father was many things; this is not one of them." Jessica Woods, daughter of Denny Doherty, said that her father had told her that he knew "the awful truth," and that he was "horrified at what John had done."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 56
    His years of drug addiction resulted in health problems that required a liver transplant in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Several months later, however, photographs of him drinking alcohol in a bar in Palm Springs, California were published in the National Enquirer newspaper. Questioned on the Howard Stern radio show, he said "I was just trying to 'break in' the new liver".
  • 1986
    Age 50
    In 1986, his best-selling autobiography, Papa John, was published.
    More Details Hide Details With Terry Melcher, Mike Love and his former Journeyman colleague Scott McKenzie, he co-wrote the number 1 single for the Beach Boys, "Kokomo," from the film Cocktail, which was also nominated for a Grammy Award (Best Song Written specifically for a Motion Picture or Television) and a Golden Globe Award for Best Song.
  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 49
    Phillips and Waïte divorced in 1985. In September 2009, eight years after Phillips's death, his eldest daughter Mackenzie claimed that she and her father had a 10-year incestuous relationship. Mackenzie wrote of the relationship, which she said began when she was 19 years old in 1979, in her memoir High on Arrival.
    More Details Hide Details Mackenzie wrote that the relationship began after Phillips raped her while they were both under the influence of heavy narcotics on the eve of her first marriage. Mackenzie Phillips appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on September 23, 2009, and told Winfrey that her father injected her with cocaine and heroin. According to Phillips, the incestuous relationship ended when she became pregnant and did not know who had fathered the child. As her story goes, these doubts resulted in an abortion, which her father paid for, "and," she stated, "I never let him touch me again." Geneviève Waïte, John's wife at the time Mackenzie claimed the incest first began, denies the allegations, saying they were inconsistent with his character. Michelle Phillips, John's second wife, also stated that she had "every reason to believe account is untrue."
  • 1981
    Age 45
    In 1981, Phillips was convicted of drug trafficking; subsequently, he and his television star daughter Mackenzie Phillips made the rounds in the media in an anti-drug campaign, helping to reduce his prison time to only a month in jail, of which he spent three weeks (one week off for good behavior) at Allenwood Prison Camp, Allenwood, Pennsylvania.
    More Details Hide Details Upon his release, he re-formed The Mamas & the Papas with Mackenzie Phillips, Spanky McFarlane (of the group Spanky and Our Gang) and Denny Doherty. Throughout the rest of his life, Phillips toured with various incarnations of this group.
  • 1976
    Age 40
    Phillips asked Mick Taylor to help out; the film was released in 1976.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 39
    In 1975 Phillips, still living in London, was commissioned to create the soundtrack to the Nicolas Roeg film The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie.
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  • 1973
    Age 37
    Phillips moved to London in 1973; Mick Jagger encouraged him to record another solo album.
    More Details Hide Details It was to be released on Rolling Stones Records and funded by RSR distributor Atlantic Records. Jagger and Keith Richards would produce and play on the album, as well as former Stone Mick Taylor and future Stone Ronnie Wood. The project was derailed by Phillips' increasing use of cocaine and heroin, which he injected, by his own admission, "almost every fifteen minutes for two years".
  • 1969
    Age 33
    Phillips produced his third wife, Geneviève Waïte's, album, Romance Is on the Rise and wrote music for films. Between 1969 and 1974, Phillips and Waïte worked on a script and composed over 30 songs for a space-themed musical called Man on the Moon, which was eventually produced by Andy Warhol but played for just two days in New York after receiving disastrous opening night reviews.
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  • 1968
    Age 32
    John and Michelle Phillips became Hollywood celebrities, living in the Hollywood Hills and socializing with stars such as Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, and Roman Polanski. The Mamas & the Papas broke up in 1968 largely because Cass Elliot wanted to go solo and because of some personal problems among Phillips, his wife Michelle, and Denny Doherty, including his wife's affair with Doherty. As Michelle Phillips later recounted, "Cass confronted me and said 'I don't get it. You could have any man you want. Why would you take mine?'" Michelle had been fired briefly in 1966, for having had affairs with both Gene Clark and Doherty, and was replaced for a period of two months by Jill Gibson, their producer Lou Adler's girlfriend.
    More Details Hide Details Although Michelle Phillips was forgiven and asked to return to the group, the personal problems would continue until the group split. Cass Elliot went on to have a successful solo career until her death from heart failure in 1974. Phillips released his second solo album John, the Wolf King of L.A. in 1970. The album was not commercially successful, although it did include the minor hit "Mississippi", and Phillips began to withdraw from the limelight as his use of narcotics increased.
  • 1967
    Age 31
    Phillips helped promote and performed with The Mamas & the Papas in the Monterey International Pop Music Festival held June 16 to 18, 1967 in Monterey, California.
    More Details Hide Details The festival was planned in just seven weeks and was developed as a way to validate rock music as an art form in the way jazz and folk were regarded. It was the first major pop-rock music event in history.
    John Phillips also wrote "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)", in 1967 for former The Journeyman band mate, Scott McKenzie. "San Francisco" is widely regarded as emblematic of 1960s American counterculture music.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips wrote the oft-covered "Me and My Uncle", which was a favorite song cover frequently performed by The Grateful Dead.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 26
    Their affair forced the dissolution of his marriage to Adams, and he married Michelle in 1962. The couple had one child together, Chynna Phillips, vocalist of the 1990s pop trio Wilson Phillips. They divorced in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Actress Geneviève Waïte became his third wife in 1972. The couple had two children, Tamerlane and Bijou Phillips.
  • 1959
    Age 23
    Phillips married Susan Adams of a wealthy Virginia family in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details They had a son, Jeffrey, and a daughter, Laura Mackenzie (known as "Mackenzie") Phillips. While touring California with The Journeymen, Phillips met teenager Michelle Gilliam, with whom he had an extramarital affair.
    Phillips then attended Hampden–Sydney College, a liberal arts college for men in Hampden Sydney, Virginia, but dropped out in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips longed to have success in the music industry and traveled to New York to find a record contract in the early 1960s. His first band, The Journeymen, was a folk trio, with Scott McKenzie and Dick Weissman. They were fairly successful, putting out three albums and several appearances on the 1960s TV show, Hootenanny. All three albums, as well as a compilation known as Best of the Journeymen, have since been reissued on CD. He developed his craft in Greenwich Village, during the American folk music revival, and met future The Mamas & the Papas group vocalists Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot there around that time. Lyrics of the group's song "Creeque Alley" describe this period. The Journeymen were the house band of the hungry i on Broadway, San Francisco for many years. Phillips was the primary songwriter and musical arranger of The Mamas & the Papas. In a 1968 interview, Phillips described some of his arrangements as "well arranged two-part harmony moving in opposite directions". After being signed to Dunhill, they had several Billboard Top Ten hits, including "California Dreamin'", "Monday, Monday", "I Saw Her Again", "Creeque Alley", and "12:30 (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 17
    He played basketball at George Washington High School, now George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia, where he graduated in 1953, and gained an appointment to the Naval Academy.
    More Details Hide Details However, he resigned during his first (plebe) year.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Age 6
    Phillips grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was inspired by Marlon Brando to be "street tough." From 1942 to 1946, he attended Linton Hall Military School in Bristow, Virginia; according to his autobiography, he "hated the place," citing "inspections," and "beatings," and recalls that "nuns used to watch us take showers."
    More Details Hide Details He formed a group of teenage boys, who also sang doo-wop songs.
  • 1935
    Born
    Born on August 30, 1935.
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