California Dreamin' (song)

"California Dreamin'"
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"California Dreamin'" cover
Single by The Mamas and the Papas
from the album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
ReleasedDecember, 1965
FormatVinyl record (7") 45 RPM
Recorded1965
GenrePop rock, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Pop
Length2:42
LabelDunhill
Writer(s)John Phillips, Michelle Phillips
Producer(s)Lou Adler
Peak chart positions


"California Dreamin'" is a song by The Mamas & the Papas, first released in 1965. The song is #89 in Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[1]

History

The song was written in 1963 by John and Michelle Phillips while they were living in New York, inspired by Michelle's home sickness for California. At the time, the Phillipses were members of the folk group The New Journeymen which evolved into The Mamas and the Papas.

They earned their first record contract after being introduced to Lou Adler, the head of Dunhill Records, by the singer Barry McGuire. In thanks to Adler, they sang the backing vocals to "California Dreamin'" on McGuire's album This Precious Time. The Mamas and the Papas recorded their own version which was released in 1965. It never made it to number one, topping out at #4, but stayed on the charts for 17 weeks. McGuire later claimed that you can hear his vocals in the background on the record.[2]

Covers

Significant artistic and commercial uses

Movies and television

Video games

  • This song is part of the soundtrack of the FPS Men of Valor.
  • This song is also available in an online music game O2jam, remixed by BeautifulDay with more techno sounds.

Other

References

1. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. RollingStone.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-02.
2. ^ Rock Family Trees, BBC, interview with McGuire, 1999

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Michelle Phillips (born June 4, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She gained fame as a member of the popular 1960s singing group The Mamas & the Papas and is the last surviving member of the group.
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Lou Adler (born December 13, 1933) is an American record producer, manager, and director.

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The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mama's and the Papa's on the debut album cover) were a leading vocal group of the 1960s. The group recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, releasing five albums and achieving ten hit singles; while they were active for a relatively
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Owner Jann Wenner
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Editor Jann Wenner
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Language English
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John Phillips, born John Edmund Andrew Phillips (August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001), was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Known as Papa John, Phillips was a member and leader of the singing group The Mamas & the Papas.
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Michelle Phillips (born June 4, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She gained fame as a member of the popular 1960s singing group The Mamas & the Papas and is the last surviving member of the group.
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The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mama's and the Papa's on the debut album cover) were a leading vocal group of the 1960s. The group recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, releasing five albums and achieving ten hit singles; while they were active for a relatively
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Lou Adler (born December 13, 1933) is an American record producer, manager, and director.

Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in East Los Angeles, Adler grew up in a mixed Jewish/Mexican family. In 1964, Adler founded and co-owned Dunhill Records.
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Dunhill Records was started by Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts in 1964 as Dunhill Productions, originally for the purpose of releasing Johnny Rivers recordings on Imperial Records. It became a record label in 1965 and was distributed by ABC Records.
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Barry McGuire (born 15 October 1935) is an American singer-songwriter.

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McGuire was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and moved to California in early childhood. At age 16 he joined the United States Navy, but was discharged ten months later for being 'under age'.
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