The Band: The Mamas and the Papas
The Song: “I Saw Her Again”
The Romance: Even though The Mamas and the Papas were known for their crystal clear pop harmonies, their lives behind the scenes were incredibly tumultuous. Denny Doherty had an affair with bandmate Michelle Phillips while she was still married to fellow bandmate John Phillips. Michelle left the group briefly, but returned. To bury the hatchet, Denny and John co-wrote this song about their relationship with Michelle. Due to an engineering mistake, Denny’s voice comes in early on the last chorus so you hear him sing “I saw her” before the rest of the group sings in unison, “I saw her again.” So, it’s complicated. Oh! And the fourth member, Mama Cass, was in love with Denny the whole time. So, it was all very complicated.
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