During the late 60s, The Ed Sullivan Show became one of the biggest platforms for musicians to promote themselves. Several singers came on the show to sing their hit tracks and showcase their talents.
One such performance by The Mamas & the Papas aired on June 22, 1968. It stands out from the others because of its beautiful song, “Twelve Thirty.” First, Sullivan invites the group onstage after their brief introduction. Then, he tells the viewers about the genre of songs the group is known for, such as rock & roll, ballad, & folk singing, and invites them onstage.
As the camera pans on the Sullivan stage, the 4 members of the group, Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, Michelle Phillips, & Papa John Phillips (from left to right), are ready with their hit track “Twelve Thirty.”
The appearance of the group is quintessentially 60s. The band’s unique appearance reminds viewers of the counterculture movement. The group of singers is greeted with massive applause by the audience.
The 4 of them sing in perfect harmony, and their vocal chemistry is evident throughout the song. Michelle Phillips’s ethereal voice complements Cass’s powerful voice. The 2 men find an ideal way to blend their voices seamlessly with the girls’.
“Young girls are coming to the canyon / And in the morning, I can see them walking / I can no longer keep my blinds drawn.” The wonderful song is an ode to the folk-rock movement of the 1960s.
Their amazing stage presence and masterclass vocal harmonies made their performance unforgettable. In addition, their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show helped the group cement their position in the industry with their musical prowess and fantastic ability.