There aren’t a whole lot of good reasons to dream about moving to California anymore, but cold Winter spells like the one we’re enduring now might incline you to give it a second thought.
With that in mind, here’s a number that might just warm you up inside – “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas and The Papas.
The song was written by John and Michelle Phillips in 1963 while they were living in New York City and members of the folk group, The New Journeymen (that’s a real catchy name – not. I wonder if in today’s environment they’d be required to call themselves, The New Journeypeople).
They were not, however, the first to record the song. They sang backing vocals on the original release by some guy named Barry McGuire. The Mamas and The Papas eventually recorded their own version (adding the very distinctive Alto Flute) and released it as a single on 8 Dec 1965.
It wasn’t an immediate hit. Several months after the song was released it gained traction and eventually made it to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. By June of 1966 it had been certified as a Gold Record.
“California Dreamin'” has been covered by a wide array of artists covering a broad spectrum of musical genres. Here’s just a brief list:
Jose Feliciano (the B side of “Light My Fire”)
Hi-Standard (a Japanese Punk band)
Mumiy Troll (a Russian Rock band)
**Originally Posted on 3 Jan 2018**