The history of Rock is long and constantly evolving, but also full of strange stories and/or myths.
After all, as we have written many times, there is no history without a myth!
Wild, crazy, irrational, and maybe funny myths that after years are “demolished”!
As those of you following R1 Vibes understand that we love myths and conspiracies.
But here, we will not deal with lies, but with the refutation of all that is released for Rock music.
In the first article of this series, we dive into favorite Mama Cass of The Mamas and the Papas and the crazy myth of her death.
The death of Mama Cass…
This is a myth that has been debunked for years but has long preoccupied fans.
Cass Elliot died on July 29, 1974, at the age of 32, in her London apartment.
The causes were spread by her then-manager, Allan Carr, who asked The Hollywood Reporter columnist Sue Cameron to write about them.
Cameron, a close friend of Elliot, told People in 2020 that when she heard the tragic news, she called her apartment.
In complete hysteria, Carr picked up the phone and said, “You have to tell them he died of drowning because of a ham sandwich.
You have to go to your typewriter and type it. “She has half a sandwich with ham on her nightstand.”
Naturally, Cameron did not believe him, she was sure that was not the reason!
Although he did not believe it, he wrote it and did not believe that this lie would last so many years and that it would become a legend of Rock history.
Elliot at the time was suffering from drugs and abuse, while at the same time the various diets she was following had weakened her heart.
Essentially the real cause of her death was a heart attack and not a sandwich!