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syz's avatar

What girl group am I thinking of? They released a cover of "California Dreamin" in the eighties?

Asked by syz (35695points) July 3rd, 2009

I think I’ve lost my mind – I can’t find this cover. It seems like it was a girl group that I normally wouldn’t like, but I loved their cover of this song. any help?

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DarkScribe's avatar

The Mamas and the Papas released it in 1966, it has been covered by Nancy Sinatra, The 5th Dimension and one or two other “Beach Boys” style cover bands. I am not aware of a girl group from the Eighties releasing a cover.

Wiki claims it was released in 1965, but Rolling Stone claims 1966. I recall it from 1966, I had just started high school and remember it well.

Tink's avatar

@DarkScribe Dude! You beat me to it
Yup it’s The Mamas and The Papas

aprilsimnel's avatar

It’s been covered quite a number of times. Try looking here.

kevbo's avatar

I’m going to guess it was The Bangles.

Or Exposé.

AstroChuck's avatar

Wilson Phillips?

augustlan's avatar

I’m thinking it was Wilson Phillips as well.

More recently, Queen Latifah did a really nice version of it, too.

whatthefluther's avatar

Let me take a stab that it is The Bangles as @kevbo stated, but the song you are thinking of is Simon and Garfunkels A Hazy Shade of Winter and not The Mamas &The Papa’s California Dreaming. Try this.

augustlan's avatar

I think I found it!

Fast forward to about 2:40.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Although I don’t know the years, the song California Dreaming has been covered by the following artists/groups:

Jose Feliciano
The Beach Boys (two versions)
The Carpenters
The Four Tops
Bobby Womack
Queen Latifah
Wes Montgomery
George Benson
Eddie Hazel
John Phillips (without The Mamas & the Papas)

frdelrosario's avatar

On their album “California”, Wilson Phillips covered the Mamas and the Papas tune “Monday, Monday”, but not “California Dreaming”.

syz's avatar

Kevbo and whathefluther nailed it – I was indeed thinking “Hazy shade of Winter”. Thanks, guys, that was driving me crazy.

whatthefluther's avatar

@syz….Your welcome. I remembered the successful girl groups of the 80’s, The Bangles, The Go-Go’s, Bananarama and The Pointer Sisters (The Runaways disbanded by 1980), and the only cover I could remember was Hazy Shade of Winter , which isn’t a surprise since it is one of my favorite songs. I prefer the original by Simon and Garfunkel, but The Bangles did a fine cover (the video was a big hit on MTV). See ya…

meleri's avatar

River city people ;-)

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