Ep. #23: Featuring Perfect Harmonies by the T Sisters
The Mamas and The Papas captured the sound of the 1960s in the Golden State, creating a new sub-genre of music, Sunshine Pop. Rife with rich vocal harmonies, lush orchestrations, and an appreciation for the beauty of the world, this new music lifted spirits.
Life Magazine proclaimed The Mamas and The Papas "the most inventive pop musical group and first really new vocal sound since The Beatles". Their very first hit was "California Dreamin'" and once it hit Gold Record status, the quartet—John and Michelle Phillips, Cass Elliot, and Denny Doherty—were on the American music map. The song itself became a kind of siren song, triggering the westward migration of young people and establishing LA's Laurel Canyon as the hip spot for incoming folk-rockers, singer-songwriters, and other hang-oners!
The Mamas and The Papas produced five studio albums and seventeen singles over the next four years. Dozens of acts have covered "California Dreamin'" in a variety of musical styles such as pop, soul, disco, and house, including America, The Beach Boys, The Carpenters (with a 17-year-old Karen), Bobby Womack, and current artists like José Feliciano and Sia.
In celebration of Mother's Day and all the women who make this world a better place, MUSE/IQUE invites you to soak up the sun with the T Sisters.
"Our mom grew up in Los Angeles in the 60s and introduced us to the music of The Mamas and The Papas when we were little kids. Their harmonies and songs have inspired us in the music we play. While the original version features a lot of unison singing, we added some extra harmonies in our classic sibling harmony style. We've done a number of collaborations with MUSE/IQUE and we admire Rachael's ability to tell a story through music and the musical variety she brings into every show she produces." – T Sisters