Certain days can have traces of those who’ve left us. The song was written by band member John Phillips and was released as a single in 1966 backed with “Got a Feelin’.” It also was on their 1966 debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears. And in 1966, the song went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and on Cash Box. It was #3 in the U.K. and #4 in Australia. on the track were Denny Doherty (vocals, Cass Elliot (vocals, John Phillips (vocals, guitar), and Michelle Phillips (vocals). Instrumentation was provided by the great session musicians of The Wrecking Crew. The song was awarded a Grammy in 1967 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. There have been many coves, including versions by Petula Clark, Neil Diamond, The Beau Brummels, Marianne Faithfull, Herb Alpert, Jay and the Americans, The 5th Dimenion, Dionne Warwick, and Sérgio Mendes — to name a few.
The Mamas & The Papas formed as a vocal folk rock group in New York City and performed from 1965 to 1968. John and Michelle had been with The New Journeymen. Doherty and Elliot had been with The Mugwumps.