Cass Elliot's Dress, c. 1967
With her rich contralto voice, Cass Elliot helped to define the sound of late '60s, both with The Mamas and the Papas and in her solo career. She also helped to change perceptions about how women in music should look, becoming something of a sex symbol for the hippie counterculture of the time. The Gossip's Beth Ditto has cited Elliot as one of her major inspirations, both vocally and sartorially.
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