John Phillips

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Descriptive "tags": singer-songwriter folk country rock rock 70s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

30 August 1935, Parris Island, South Carolina, USA, d. 18 March 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA. The son of a marine officer, Phillips studied at George Washington University and briefly attended the US Naval Academy. He relocated to New York in the late 50s to join the Greenwich Village folk scene. Phillips began his recording career in 1960 as a member of pop singing group the Smoothies, but the following year formed the Journeymen with Scott McKenzie and Dick Weissman. This popular harmony folk act completed three albums marked by Phillips’ growing songwriting abilities. He relaunched his old group as the New Journeymen with his wife Michelle Phillips and Marshall Brickman. His compositions were by now being recorded by the Kingston Trio, but as traditional folk began embracing elements of rock, so Phillips forged a more contemporary perspective, notably with the Mamas And The Papas. Evocative songs, including ‘California Dreamin’’,...

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