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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.

Phillips was born in Parris Island, South Carolina. His father was a retired United States Marine Corps officer who won an Oklahoma bar from another Marine in a poker game on the way home from France after World War I. His mother was a Cherokee Native his father met in Oklahoma. According to his autobiography, Papa John, Phillips’ father was a heavy drinker who suffered from poor health.

Phillips grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was inspired by Marlon Brando to be “street tough”. He formed a group of teenage boys, who also sang doo-wop songs. He played basketball at George Washington High School, where he graduated in 1953, and gained an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. However, he resigned during his first (plebe) year. Phillips then attended Hampden-Sydney College on a partial athletic scholarship, but dropped out and married his first of four wives: Susan Adams, the daughter of a wealthy Virginia family. They had a son, Jeffrey, and a daughter, Laura Mackenzie (known as “Mackenzie”) Phillips.

Phillips longed to have success in the music industry and traveled to New York to find a record contract in the early 1960s. His first band, The Journeymen, was a folk trio, with Scott Mckenzie and Dick Weismann. They were fairly successful, putting out 3 albums and several appearance on the 1960s TV show, Hootenanny.

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  • IanCat87

    Genevieve lay bleeding in my basement...

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • satanicazrael

    "Maybe she just wanted daddy's dick." yeesh, fitting that your username is hep_c, moron

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • r_m

    The album art for Desire must be a homage.. some high praise!

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • bonnie_jamie

    Have grown to absolutely adore Wolf King Of L.A.

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    WOLF KING OF L.A. = GOOD

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • Hepatitis_C

    Maybe she just wanted daddy's dick. Women can be just as sick and grotesque as men, just look at Rose West . If the accusatios are true then i am more jealous of John than i am disgusted.

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Xrenobl

    i love you

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • danceinthysoul

    wolf king is a hell of a hell of a record

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • jsnruf

    pedo stache

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • rottmadgers

    Agreed.

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Lactobacillacea

    i agree with babamulon. in fact, i just listened to Wolfking yesterday, twice! in the context of the mass media outlet (specifically, the bullshit parade that is the OPRAH show), it's hard to take seriously MacKenzie's 'confessions'. i wouldn't be surprised if MacKenzie returns in a year with a James Frey confession--"oh i might have embellished some things...". in any case, the music stands on its own--the music is not the artist, and vice versa. plenty of brilliant artists are douche bags, but their records are a part of my life, and i welcome the role those sounds play.

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • babamulon

    who knows? maybe she wants some fame, maybe she's just telling the truth. BUT, i don't think that has anything to do with his music. The man may had issues, but if you like the music i don't see a problem to continue to listen to it. Just my small opinion. :)

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Shy-Guy

    Incest.

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • rottmadgers

    I'm surprised babamulon and I are the first to comment on John Phillip's dirty dick. I am so in love with "John, The Wolfking of L.A.,' but it may be hard to go back and listen to that album. Unless, of course, McKenzie is lying...

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • babamulon

    Getting his daughter pregnant was not a brilliant move i suppose.

    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Maleficsun

    http://www.dangerousminds.net/index.php/site/comments/man_on_the_moon_exclusive_footage_of_musical_play_by_john_phillips_produced/

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
  • LiamGallagher

    papa john rules

    26 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Dadal1er

    Black Girl Black Girl Black Girl Black Girl Black Girl

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • ryeriver

    John Phillips' cover came first, nicoinfurs. But yeah, they totally look similar.

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • nicoinfurs

    Bob Dylan - Desire

    17 Oct 2008 Reply
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