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Date of Birth 29 November 1940Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date of Death 19 January 2007Mississauga, Ontario, Canada  (kidney ailment)
Birth NameDennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty

Mini Bio (1)

Denny Doherty was born and reared in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and began his musical career there in a local rock band, The Hepsters, while working in a pawn shop. He had started singing in public at age 15, on a dare by performing "Love Letters In The Sand" in a skating rink-turned-dance-hall. In 1959 he formed his first folk trio, The Colonials, and after changing their name to The Halifax Three, signed a recording contract in New York. After recording two albums, the trio broke up, and Denny linked with Cass Elliot as a member of her group, The Big Three, which later became The Mugwumps, the first folk-rock group. Cass and Denny later joined John and Michelle Phillips of The New Journeymen to become The Mamas and The Papas. In 1965 the group relocated to Los Angeles where, over the next four years, they turned out a score of top-selling albums and singles featuring Doherty and Elliot's lead vocals, including "California Dreamin'," "Monday Monday" and "I Saw Her Again." Upon the collapse of the group, Denny recorded two solo albums, and material for an unreleased third. (One of these albums reunited him with former Mamas Michelle and Cass as they sang background vocals for 1974's Waiting For A Song.).

Doherty played the lead in Andy Warhol and John Phillips' Man on the Moon on Broadway in 1975 and Doherty was cast in The Irish Art Centre's Juno and the Paycock. In 1978 he returned to Canada and hosted "Denny's Sho" on Canadian television. During the 1980s he reunited with fellow Papa, John Phillips in The New Mamas and Papas and toured the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Having returned to home in Canada, Doherty's many stage credits there include North Mountain Breakdown, Needfire and Paul Ledoux's Fire as well as The Secret Garden. Film/TV credits include "Pit Pony" and The Harbourmaster in "Theodore Tugboat." Denny was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996; The Mamas and The Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. In recent years, Doherty told the tale of his life with The Mamas and The Papas, in Dream A Little Dream which ran in Halifax, Toronto, and finally Off-Broadway in 2003. Doherty was married briefly to Linda Woodward in the early seventies with whom he had a daughter, Jessica. He lived outside Toronto with his other two children, Emberly and John, to whose mother Jeannette, Doherty was married for twenty years until her death in 1998. He died on January 19, 2007, following kidney problems. (www.dennydoherty.com)

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Richard Barton Campbell

Spouse (2)

Jeannette (1978 - 1998) (her death) (2 children)
Linda Woodward (2 October 1971 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (6)

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (as a member of the Mamas and the Papas).
Father of Jessica, Emberly, and John Dennis
Folk superstars Peter, Paul and Mary paid their own tribute to the Mamas and the Papas with their humorous 1967 hit "I Dig Rock and Roll Music.".
In 1998, the Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The group's heyday was brief and it disbanded in 1968 following John and Michelle Phillips' divorce. The members re-formed in 1971 for the album "People Like Us," but all hope for a reunion ended in 1974 when the 32-year-old Elliot suffered a fatal heart attack in London.
His son John plays the bass guitar and is back-up vocals of the Canadian band IllScarlett.

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