Denny Doherty was a Canadian musician, member of the group The Mamas & The Papas.
Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty was born on November 29, 1940 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When Doherty was just a teenager he sang with The Hepsters in the Halifax club. Then he joined The Colonials in Montreal and after signing a contract with Columbia Records they changed its name to The Halifax Three. They released two albums and a minor hit in The Man Who Wouldn’t Sing Along with Mitch (1962). However, they broke up at The Colonial Hotel in 1963.
Doherty’s next musical acquaintances proved more enduring. During performances in Greenwich Village he encountered Big Three singer Cass Elliot, with whom he was shortly to form The Mugwumps.
Later Doherty, Elliot, Phillips and Gilliam became The Mamas & The Papas, and released many hits. The group’s debut long-player If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears achieved platinum status. The first single of the new group, California Dreamin’, released in 1965, became an absolute hit. The composition is included in the list of 500 greatest hits of the world according to the version of the Rolling Stone publication, and various groups and performers are still releasing cover versions of the song. The group worked actively from 1965 to 1968 and released five studio discs.