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On March 10, 2018.

On March 10, 2018, Gary Burden died aged 84. He was artist specialized in design of music album covers, considered as one of the pioneers of the concept of album cover art. He created covers for many famous music acts including The Doors, Neil Young, Mama Cass, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Jackson Browne and Matt Corby.  In 2000, together with the photographer Henry Diltz, he made “California Rock: Under the Covers”, a documentary about their mutual work on album covers and participation in the Los Angeles music scene.In 2010, at the 52nd “Annual Grammy Awards”, Burden won the award for “Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Packaging” for the Neil Young “The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972”.

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On October 19, 1968.

dream_a_little_dream

On October 19, 1968, “Dunhill Records” released “Dream a Little Dream”, the debut Mama Cass solo album. It was recorded in 1968, and was produced by Lou Adler and John Simon.

Personnel:

  • Cass Elliot- vocals
  • Hal Blaine- drums
  • Harvey Brooks- bass guitar
  • James Burton- guitar, dobro
  • Cyrus Faryar- guitar, ukulele
  • Renais Faryar – vocals
  • Jim Gordon- drums
  • Paul Harris- organ, piano
  • Brenda Holloway- backing vocals
  • Plas Johnson- saxophone
  • Larry Knechtel- keyboards
  • John Sebastian- guitar, harmonica
  • John Simon- piano, arrangements
  • Stephen Stills- guitar, vocals
  • Henry Diltz- photography

Track listing:

  1. Dream a Little Dream of Me – Wilbur Schwandt, Fabian Andre, Gus Kahn
  2. California Earthquake – John Hartford
  3. The Room Nobody Lives In – John Sebastian
  4. Talkin’ to Your Toothbrush – John Simon
  5. Blues for Breakfast – Richard Manuel
  6. You Know Who I Am – Leonard Cohen
  7. Rubber Band – Cyrus Faryar
  8. Long Time Loving You – Stuart Scharf
  9. Jane, The Insane Dog Lady – John Simon
  10. What Was I Thinking Of – Leah Cohen
  11. Burn Your Hatred – Graham Nash
  12. Sweet Believer – Cyrus Faryar

On July 29, 1974.

Cass Elliot

On July 29, 1974, Ellen Naomi Cohen aka Cass Elliot also known as Mama Cass, died aged 32. Being singer and actress, she was member of The Mugwumps, The Big 3, but she was best known as vocalist of The Mamas & the Papas. After the breakup of The Mamas & the Papas, Elliot embarked on a solo career. Her most successful recording during this period was 1968’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me” from her solo album of the same name.