In Memoriam: John Phillips (4)

From The Los Angeles Times,
Thursday, March 29, 2001

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Phillips' other children also helped out vocally, including sons Jeffrey and Tamerlane and singer-actress-model Bijou. "Mama" Cass Elliot's daughter, Owen Elliot, sang several parts originally sung by her mother, who died in 1974. Singer-songwriter Chynna Phillips, onetime member of the group Wilson Phillips with Beach Boy Brian Wilson's daughters Carney and Wendy, was the only one of Phillips' children who didn't turn up on stage – because she was in New York for a Brian Wilson tribute she'd previously committed to, according to Adler.

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The Beach Boys, however, were represented by Bruce Johnston, and Mike Love, who told the audience, "Nobody loved the Mamas and the Papas more than the Beach Boys." They sang "Kokomo," their

1988 hit that was written by Phillips, McKenzie, Love and Terry Melcher, who jumped in gamely on the unrehearsed rendition of the song.

"I felt like John was here," said Stewart – who had known Phillips since 1960--as he headed for the door after the show. "I think we gave him a good send-off, one that also brings some closure. I spent a lot of years with John, and what I saw here tonight was his legacy – his children and his music, and realizing how terrific and beautiful those songs were."

Added another friend, actor Ed Begley Jr., as he rose from his seat when the music had ended, "What stood out for me is what a great, great songwriter John was – Sammy Cahn-level songwriting, in my opinion – and those songs are going to last for a long, long time."