The Mugwumps

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The Mugwumps
The Mugwumps - 1967 - The Mugwumps.jpg
Background information
Origin New York, New York, USA
Genres Rock
Years active 1964
Labels Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Big 3
The Lovin' Spoonful
The Mamas & the Papas
Past members Cass Elliot
Denny Doherty
Jim Hendricks
John B. Sebastian
Zal Yanovsky

The Mugwumps were a 1960s rock band. The Mugwumps made some recordings in the mid-60s, but the short-lived New York group, formed in 1964, is principally remembered for what its members did after they split up.


The origin of the band's name is unclear. One source says that it was taken from the William S. Burroughs novel The Naked Lunch.[1] The liner notes for the 2007 re-release of The Mugwumps reports that Jim Hendricks claimed that the name came from music producer Erik Jacobsen. Denny Doherty claimed that the name came from his Newfoundland grandmother.

Members Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty would become one-half of The Mamas & the Papas, who told the story of The Mugwumps in their song "Creeque Alley". John B. Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky would form The Lovin' Spoonful.[2] Jim Hendricks formed The Lamp of Childhood, which recorded three singles for Dunhill Records.

Jim Hendricks was the odd man out, not achieving any notable subsequent fame, but still having considerable success as a performer and songwriter. He wrote the top 15 hit "Summer Rain" for Johnny Rivers, and the theme song "Long Lonesome Highway" for the TV show Then Came Bronson. His 1989 album Running in the Light is considered a classic of Christian music.[citation needed] Now living in Nashville, Tennessee, Hendricks has recorded over 50 albums of traditional American folk, Mountain, Gospel, and Western music.



  • The Mugwumps (Warner Bros. 1967)

Side 1:

  1. Searchin'
  2. I Don't Wanna Know
  3. I'll Remember Tonight
  4. Here It Is Another Day
  5. Do You Know What I Mean

Side 2:

  1. You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover
  2. Everybody's Been Talkin'
  3. Do What They Don't Say
  4. So Fine[2]

John Sebastian did not record on this album.[2] Produced by Roy Silver & Bob Cavallo in association with Alan Loeber /A Cavallo & Silver Production. Recorded in August 1964.


  • I Don't Wanna Know b/w I'll Remember Tonight (1964 Warner Bros. 5471)
  • Jug Band Music b/w Bald Headed Woman (1966 Sidewalk 900) ** this is a different group also called Mugwumps **[1]
  • Searchin' b/w Here It Is Another Day (1967 Warner Bros. 7018)


  1. ^ Harris, Oliver; Ian MacFadyen (May 18, 2009). Naked Lunch @ 50: Anniversary Essays. Southern Illinois University Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-8093-2916-8. 
  2. ^ a b c Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 36 - The Rubberization of Soul: The great pop music renaissance. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. 

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