Cass Elliot was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on Sept 19th 1941. Her restauranteur father nicknamed her'Cass' after the Trojan princess, Cassandra. She adopted the name Cass Elliot during her teens. The name Mama Cass evolved from her involvement with the Mamas and Papas.
This is what John Phillips said about Cass in an interview in August 1995 at Paramount Studios: "Her father had a deli in New York. I remember her as a little, chubby girl, with the stained apron on, behind the counter. [Laughs] We were sort of infamous in that area, and when she got to New York, she knew who we were, but we didn't know who she was. And she had met Denny, and Denny said, "I know this girl that sings wonderfully. We should have her over and sing with her." It happened to be that LSD was actually legal at the time. It wasn't a banned drug or anything. We searched all over the Village and found some contemporary artist who had some and he gave it to us. We were about to take it that night, when the knock on the door came and Cass came in. So we all had it together the same night, for the first time, and I think that formed a bond between the four of us that we just never stopped singing. We just went on and on and on and on, until the trip wore off, which was about four years later."
Cass Elliott died July 29, 1974. Contrary to what many people have been led to believe over the years, she did not choke on a sandwich. According to her doctor, the cause was heart failure.
Added: 19th September 2007
Posted By: Sophia
Cassandra (Cass) Elliot had the best success of any of the four members of The Mamas and the Papas after the group split up. She had solo hits with 'Dream A Little Dream of Me' and 'Make Your Own Kind of Music.' In the summer of 1974 she embarked on a tour of England where she played two weeks of sold-out gigs. Her terrific voice earned her a standing ovation each night. On July 29, 1974, after her tour had ended, Elliot died in her sleep in a London flat. She was 32. Immediately after her death, gossip columns speculated that Elliot died from choking on a ham sandwich. Speaking to the press shortly after her body was discovered, the police noted that a partly eaten sandwich had been found in her room and speculated that Elliot may have choked while eating it. When an autopsy was performed, no food was found in her trachea and the cause of death was determined to have been a heart attack. But by then, the story was already making the rounds and the real cause of Elliot's death was rarely discussed. The incorrect story has, sadly, remained a part of popular culture as an urban myth.
Added: 7th December 2009
Posted By: Lava1964
Byberry - If you listen closely, you can still hear the screams
Officially know as The Philadelphia Hospital for Mental Diseases at Byberry City
Over the years it became know to all as simply, Byberry
Chip R. Jones
Robert Andrew Scott
G. A. Carafelli
Thomas Jefferson University and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Laurie Ann Haus - vocals
interview with the vampire - libera me
conceived and produced by Dale Caruso
Added: 25th September 2008
Posted By: dalecaruso
Petticoat Junction fans will recall that, in the sitcom, Betty Jo Bradley married Steve Elliott in 1967. Betty Jo was played by Linda Henning, the daughter of Paul Henning, who created the show. Steve was played by Mike Minor, the son of Don Fedderson, who created My Three Sons. The two got married in real life in 1968. They divorced in 1973.
Added: 22nd May 2009
Posted By: Lava1964
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