On July 27th, 1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the breakup of ‘The Mamas & The Papas.’ The classic jazz standard ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ peaked at number 1 on the U.S. charts.
Although the song had been around since 1931, it proved to be the perfect choice for Cass. Her beautiful voice soared on the melody, and her fantastic dress lit up the stage.
This performance of the tune from the British TV show ‘It’s Lulu’ happened a couple years after the song’s release. Cass stands on an empty stage in her fluffy dress, and she sings with a velvet voice.
Ellen Naomi Cohen adopted the stage name ‘Cass Elliot’ while being affectionately referred to as ‘Mama Cass’ throughout her career. She released five solo albums and was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’
The song ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ has been recorded more than 60 times by different artists. Cass Elliot’s rendition was the highest-charting of all time. It has been recorded by ‘The Mills Brothers,’ ‘Michael Bublé,’ and even ‘Eddie Vedder’ from the grunge band ‘Pearl Jam.’
‘The Mamas & The Papas’ propelled Cass into stardom and helped solidify her solo career. The group only existed for roughly five years, but they released five studio albums and 17 singles in that time. Six of those singles made the Billboard Top 10, selling close to 40 million records.
Cass Elliot’s success as a solo artist hit its peak in 1968 with her rendition of ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me.’ Her lovely tone and excellent delivery took the song to another level.