John and Mackenzie Phillips exclusive: Unreleased musical collaboration to come out next year

mamas-Mackenzie-Phillips_lAn album featuring previously unreleased material by John Phillips and his daughter Mackenzie will be released at the beginning of next year, according to attorney Jeffrey A. Greenberg, who represents John Phillips’ estate. In the years since Phillips’ 2001 death, Greenberg has overseen the release of a number of albums by the Mamas & the Papas star and says that the new collection was in the works long before today’s allegation by Mackenzie that she and her father had a sexual relationship.

The material was recorded in the ’80s, when John Phillips reformed the Mamas & the Papas with Mackenzie, original band member Denny Doherty, and Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane. “They’re great,” says Greenberg of the tunes. “It’s a lot of songs no one’s heard yet. All four of them trade leads. They also redo some Mamas & Papas material and some of John’s solo material.” The lawyer added the material may be released under the name “Papa John and Friends” or “Many Mamas, Many Papas.”

Greenberg declined to comment on Mackenzie’s accusation, but he says that some individual tracks might be released sooner because of the renewed interest in John and Mackenzie that the controversy has prompted. “Obviously, he’s not around now to speak to any of this,” says Greenberg. “People will make up their own minds. I was a huge fan of his and my object is to hopefully make people aware of John’s music and his talent. In a perverse way, I guess, if there is a way to make lemonade out of the lemons, that would be good.”

What do you think Music Mixers? Have the events of today piqued your interest in an album of John and Mackenzie Phillips tunes? Or made it a must-not-have?

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  • A&O

    Are you people for REAL?

  • Sandy

    I just wrote you a very personnal message an it would not take. I don’t know if i can do it again. Please respond. Sandy

  • Jeff W.

    Gross, who would want to listen to this musical collaboration? Why celebrate a vile father who raped his drug addict daughter? I would think that Mackenzie would want to destroy all reminders of the man who sent her on a lifetime of drug abuse and psychiatric problems. Like I said, gross.

  • Samantha Delynne

    I say that waht John Phillips did to his Daughter.Hes sick in the Head.

  • Jeff W.

    Is anyone else creeped out by that picture?

    • AMJ

      yes actually

    • ladyli1

      Very much so…

      • Lily

        That photo is horrifying.

  • ann

    People will try to make money in any way possible but this tops them all. Why would anyone want to listen to either of these people sing or talk or exist? He’s dead and she’s looking for money–what a pair~

  • mookie0813

    Let me understand this. She claims he raped her, taught her how to shoot up, and fathered a child he later paid to abort and yet, she is willing to use him to make a buck. She just lost all credibility.

    • Shel

      Where in this article does it say she has anything to do with the CD or will profit from it? Not saying she won’t, but it certainly isn’t clear from this piece.

  • DG

    Incest or not, I prefer to remember the Mamas and the Papas in their original form – and to me, the group does not exist without Cass Elliot.

  • Nathan

    What would Ted Knight say about this?
    That’s the show she was on, right?

    • Rock Golf

      Nope. “One Day At A Time” with Bonnie Franklin & Valerie Bertinelli.

  • pai


  • Emily

    Ewww! So incredibly creepy given her recent allegations. Even if you don’t believe her, the very thought when combined with this picture grosses me out.

  • Kanye

    Yo McKenzie Phillips, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Angelina Jolie had the best incestuous relationship of all time!

    • Sadie

      lol – this quote – “Yo ________, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but ________ had the best ____________ of all time!” has SO many uses it’s hilarious! I don’t see it going away for a long, long time. :D

  • Zach

    She obviously DOESN’T want you buying it or else she wouldn’t have come out with the allegations!

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  • Sally in Chicago

    She wrote a book detailing incest because why? why? She needs the money. She’s famous for a decades old TV show and she was a less than average singer. So what else does she have left? A book deal.

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