Retro of the day: The Mamas & the Papas

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California Dreamin‘” is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and first recorded by The Mamas & the Papas, released as a single in 1965. The song is #89 in Rolling Stone ’​s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[1] The lyrics of the song express the narrator’s longing for the warmth of California during a cold winter.

The song became a signpost of the arrival of the nascent counterculture era.[2][3]

“California Dreamin’ ” was certified as a Gold Record (single) by the RIAA in June 1966[4] and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001

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