The band came together in Detroit in the mid-60s when friends Laura Polkinghorne and Marsha Jo Temmer met sisters Alex and Joan Sliwin at Wayne State University. The four started singing together – mainly covers of the Motown hits being churned out of their home town – and by 1967 had formed a group that producer Punch Andrews named the Mama Cats. In the same year they released one single "Miss You, and in the summer, as riots were sweeping the States, they spent two weeks in L.A. and loved it so much that in January of 1968, they pooled resources and moved there to try their luck as a band. They slept on Temmer's grandmother's floor and hitch-hiked, stoned, to their audition with Lee Hazlewood at 9,000 Sunset Blvd.
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