I Saw Her Again

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"I Saw Her Again"
The German edition.
Single by The Mamas & the Papas
from the album The Mamas & the Papas
B-side "Even If I Could"
Released June 1966
Format 7-inch
Recorded April 1966
Genre Sunshine Pop
Label Dunhill (U.S.)
RCA Victor (Europe)
Writer(s) John Phillips, Denny Doherty
Producer(s) Lou Adler
The Mamas & the Papas singles chronology
"Monday, Monday"
"I Saw Her Again"
"Words of Love"

"I Saw Her Again" is a pop song recorded by the U.S. vocal group the Mamas & the Papas in 1966. Co-written by band members John Phillips and Denny Doherty, it was released as a single in June 1966 (WLS played it most of that month[1]) and peaked at number one on the RPM Canadian Singles Chart, number 11 on the UK Singles Chart, and number five on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in July 1966.[2] It appeared on their eponymous second album in September 1966.

One of three songs co-written by the two male members of the group (the others being "Got a Feelin'" and "For the Love of Ivy"), "I Saw Her Again" was inspired by Doherty's brief affair with Michelle Phillips, then married to John Phillips, which resulted in the brief expulsion of Michelle from the group.[3] While mixing the record, engineer Bones Howe inadvertently punched in the coda vocals too early. He then rewound the tape and inserted the vocals in their proper position. On playback, the mistaken early vocal could still be heard, making it sound as though Doherty repeated the first three words of the verse, singing "I saw her...I saw her again last night." Producer Lou Adler liked the effect of the engineering error and told Howe to leave it in the final mix.[4]

Lou Adler has said that this song was specifically done to try and capture the flavor of what the Beatles had been doing, and that it was intentionally written to be a single.

A light-hearted music video was made to promote the single, in which the four members arrive outside a clothes shop by car and motorcycle, then try on various garments before lying on the floor and hurling the clothes around.

One of the group's most popular songs, "I Saw Her Again" has been featured on numerous compilation albums and is frequently titled "I Saw Her Again Last Night", such as on the sleeve of their first hits collection Farewell to the First Golden Era in October 1967.

The mono 45 version completely omits the orchestra instrumental section heard on the stereo mix, most likely to reduce the running time for the single release, as many 45's of that era were similarly edited for radio play.


  1. ^ "24 June 1966 WLS Silver Dollar Survey". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Company) 78 (33): 22. 1966. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Complete Anthology sleevenotes, Paul Grein, 2004
  4. ^ "Bones Howe". The Wrecking Crew Out Take Theater. The Wrecking Crew (2008 film). Retrieved 6 November 2012. 

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Preceded by
"Sweet Pea" by Tommy Roe
RPM Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
August 8, 1966 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Summer in the City" by Lovin' Spoonful