Denny Doherty Comes Alive at The Atlantic Film Festival
Most people in the world who are tied into western music have heard Denny Doherty sing. He was, after all, the lead male voice of The Mamas and the Papas, one the key groups that defined the 1960’s. Composed also of John Phillips, “Mama” Cass Elliot and Michelle Phillips, they brought a vocal explosion to radio that rivaled the best of the Motown groups. Their popularity brought them many times to that holiest of shrines, The Ed Sullivan Show, where it said Sullivan liked them as much as Elvis Presley.
The demise of The Mamas and the Papas came with the Monterey Pop festival in 1967 and foreshadowed the end of a new and exiting era of popular music . After a brief, but successful solo career, Cass Elliot died of a heart attack on July 29, 1974. John Phillips died of heart failure on March 18, 2001.
In 1996 Denny teamed up with writer Paul Ledoux and produced Dream a Little Dream of Me, a musical story of the Mamas and Papas backed up by a cast of excellent music performers. The stage show died on the operating table with Denny on January 19, 2007. His death was due to an abdominal aneurysm.
Long-time friend and collaborator, Paul Ledoux, has once again brought the legend of the Mamas and Papas to life with Here I Am: Denny Doherty and the Mamas and Papas. Taking countless hours of interviews, home movies, stage performances and rehearsals Ledoux and executive-producer, Greg Jones, have created an amazing film in honor of Doherty. It is a stunning documentary that shows Doherty as a great singer from the north end of Halifax, a man who made music history in a group that, for a short time, both rivaled and amazed The Beatles.
The World Premier of Here I Am: Denny Doherty and the Mamas and Papas takes place on September 19 @ 2:05PM in Park Lane Cinemas – Theatre 4. For more information on the show contact Executive Producer Greg Jones, at Creative Atlantic.