As a teenager, my friend Billy and I listened to Mama Cass on our way to thrift stores and antique shops. I was always completely drawn to Cass’ voice. I connected to her Bubblegum Pop ‘outsider’ numbers like “One Way Ticket” and “Make Your Own Kind of Music”. She wore her individuality as a badge of honor, and in this day and age, that’s certainly something to admire. What’s really amazing about Cass Elliot is how strong her persona still resonates through her music four decades after her death. Her voice gives a very clear sense of who she was.