R.I.P. — Mama Cass (1941-1974)
35 years ago today, “Mama Cass” or Ellen Naomi Cohen or Cass Elliott (of the Mamas and Papas) died of a heart attack in her sleep. Police noted a half eaten sandwich by her bedside and surmised that she may have choked on the sandwich. This was incorrect, but an entire generation of fans and media still seem to think this was her cause of death. Cass was staying in a flat in a flat in London that was owned by Harry Nilsson, which would sadly be the site of another rock star death four years later. Who would die in the same room? Who you wonder, who(m) you ask. Well, it was none other than Who drummer, Keith Moon.
Here are the Mamas and the Papas from Monterey in ’67: