Wayback Wednesday: Mama Cass Variety Show 1969

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Update: Less than 24 hours after I posted this, YouTube snatched down the video. If they continue, YouTube won’t have any videos left to watch. So, that being said, I am leaving the original link and adding what I can find. ~Vic

Mama Cass Show Image One
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Fifty years ago, today, Cass Elliot of the The Mamas & The Papas appeared in the TV special The Mama Cass TV Show. Directed by Sid Smith, it was an hour-long musical variety show co-produced by Chuck Barris. Guest stars were Barbara Bain, Martin Landau, Buddy Hackett, Joni Mitchell, John Sebastian, Mary Travers and, Elliot’s group, The Mamas & The Papas.

Mama Cass Show Image Two
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[This was] a one-shot pilot episode for a TV series that was never picked up. In 1968, Mama Cass had launched her solo career and was hoping to move into television. This one-hour program only aired once on ABC-TV and was never shown, again. The show features Mama Cass Elliot with special guest stars, John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), Joni Mitchell, Mary Travers (Peter, Paul and Mary), Buddy Hackett, Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (husband & wife, both from Mission: Impossible and later, Space: 1999).

Songs include:
Mama Cass: Dream A Little Dream Of Me, “River Of Life,” I Can Dream, Can’t I, Dancing In The Street.
Mama Cass with Joni Mitchell: Both Sides, Now.
Mary Travers: And When I Die.
Mama Cass with Joni Mitchell and Mary Travers: I Shall Be Released.
John Sebastian: She’s A Lady.
Mama Cass with John Sebastian: Darlin’ Companion.

There are also comedy sketches with Buddy Hackett (who is dressed very groovy mod!), Martin Landau and Barbara Bain.



8 thoughts on “Wayback Wednesday: Mama Cass Variety Show 1969

    talesfromthemindofkristian said:
    June 27, 2019 at 2:52 AM

    I love the Mamas and the papas and particularly Mama Cass. Also loved Peter Paul and Mary too. I may have a bit of Hippie in my heart…. 😉

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 27, 2019 at 2:14 PM

      Heh. I think there is a little bit in all of us.

      YouTube snatched down my video.

        talesfromthemindofkristian said:
        June 28, 2019 at 3:25 AM

        Yes, they do that to me, sometimes. I don’t really understand the whole linking thing.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          June 28, 2019 at 11:48 PM

          It’s not the links that are bad (short code is the best method), they just take stuff down all the time. And, it’s getting worse and worse.

    badfinger20 said:
    June 27, 2019 at 9:25 PM

    She was a wild woman. Great voice though. She was with all the hip people in the Canyon back in the 60s. It’s kind of odd she was going cabaret…to make a living I guess she had to. Whenever someone recalls her name in interviews…it’s usually always good memories. She was a kind person from what I read.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 28, 2019 at 11:45 PM

      In the course of researching, I came across a story about her being on stage and being sick. She was pushed to perform, anyway and the audience booed her and many walked out. Her voice was scratchy and she was dizzy. It should have been called off or rescheduled. Instead, they panned her in the media.

      Things haven’t changed much.

        badfinger20 said:
        June 30, 2019 at 3:08 AM

        No they love building up and tearing down…Was this right before she died? She was in London in some show when she died.
        This is a cool article about her daughter.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          July 1, 2019 at 2:36 PM

          It was her failed Vegas show in 1968.

          Great article!

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