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John Phillips

American musician

John Phillips is ...


Born 30 August 1935 in Parris Island
Died 18 March 2001 in Los Angeles
Age 65 years, 7 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Spouse Michelle Phillips and Geneviève Waïte
Child Chynna Phillips, Mackenzie Phillips and Bijou Phillips
Occupation guitarist, singer, composer and songwriter
Instrument guitar and violin
Notable work Safe in My Garden
Genre folk music

About John Phillips

John Phillips was a true icon of the American music scene, a singer-songwriter who helped shape the sound of the 1960s and beyond. Born in Parris Island, South Carolina on August 30, 1935, Phillips grew up in a military family and moved around frequently as a child. He eventually settled in California, where he formed the influential folk-rock group The Mamas & The Papas in 1965.

Phillips was a gifted songwriter, penning hits like "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday" for The Mamas & The Papas, as well as "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" for Scott McKenzie. He was also a talented producer, working with artists like The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones.

But Phillips' personal life was often tumultuous. He struggled with drug addiction and was involved in several high-profile scandals, including a 1981 arrest for drug trafficking. He also had a complicated relationship with his daughter, actress and musician Bijou Phillips.

Despite these challenges, Phillips remained a beloved figure in the music world until his death in 2001. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.


- "John Phillips." Rolling Stone.

- "John Phillips." AllMusic.

About Death

Phillips spent his last years in Palm Springs, California with Farnaz, his fourth wife. On March 18, 2001, he died of heart failure in Los Angeles at the age of 65, days after completing recording sessions for a new album. Phillips 66 was released posthumously in August 2001. He is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, near Palm Springs.

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