- The Mamas and the Papas shot to fame in the late 1960s with hits California Dreamin' and Monday, Monday.
The group also featured chief songwriter John Phillips, his wife Michelle and female vocalist "Mama Cass" Elliot.
Denny Doherty was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 29 November 1940.
He was already well established on the folk music scene when he joined the Mamas and the Papas on their formation in 1965.
The group recorded four albums before breaking-up in 1969.
- Michelle Phillips is the only surviving member of the Mamas and the Papas.