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Mamas and Papas and Alleys


In 1963, 18-year-old Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas co-wrote California Dreamin’ and Creeque Alley with her then-husband John, while living right here at the Washington Square Hotel.

We’ve played host to hundreds of artists of all types over the years…something that we’re quite proud of.

Isn’t it nice to think that the atmosphere at our little hotel could maybe possibly hopefully foster some creativity? We like to think so.

We all know California Dreamin’. If you don’t recognize the title right away, you will remember Creeque Alley once you have a listen. It’s an autobiographical song narrating the story of how the group was formed and describes its early years. (The title references a club in the Virgin Islands.)

Here’s a video of the group’s performance of the tune on The Ed Sullivan Show

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