Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll

This episode spotlights an act whose name was inspired by a motorcycle gang. These singers emerged from relative obscurity in the early 1960s folk music scene to be regularly seen on network television and heard on top 40 radio stations everywhere as their distinctive folk rock vocal harmonies and stage personalities made them international stars.

But behind the scenes, sex and drugs also were a big part of their story and even inspired one of their biggest hit songs.

You’ll hear snippets of every hit single they ever had – both as a group and as solo performers, selected album cuts, and their special connections to such acts as the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Beach Boys, the 5th Dimension, the Rolling Stones, and even Barbra Streisand, among many others.

It's The Mamas & The Papas. Tune in for the tales behind their remarkable records.

See The Mamas & The Papas' complete hit singles discography on the "Musicology" page