Based on the official The Mamas and The Papas web site, by the point the band shaped, every member had already been in a number of completely different teams, however none of those acts had significantly stellar names. John Phillips began with the Journeymen, which was a three-person folks act. Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty had been part of the Massive Three and Halifax Three respectively. Then the 2 performed collectively within the oddly named the Mugwumps. Elliot managed to keep away from the entire naming problem for a time, performing as a solo act, singing jazz in Washington, D.C., per AllMusic.
To meet an current recording contract, John Phillips revived his previous band and rebranded it as The New Journeymen. This time, although, he introduced his spouse Michelle into the group and obtained Doherty to signal on. The new identify didn’t final lengthy, although, and as soon as Elliot was accepted as a member, they first tried calling themselves the Magic Circle. However then Elliot discovered inspiration for the moniker which struck in a considerably unlikely place: Tv.