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Leah Kunkel


b. Leah Cohen, 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Younger sister of ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot from the Mamas AS WELL AS THE Papas, Cohen wedded session participant Russ Kunkel in 1968. After documenting some demo recordings of her personal tracks, Kunkel was authorized to Dunhill Information. Her 1st record, ‘Billy’, was released beneath the name Natural cotton Candy, but didn’t sell. Kunkel after that returned towards the LA Town Music College and she used a music group from Phoenix, Az – Chicken Teach. That group quickly folded and Leah continuing her apprenticeship within the music business, studying performing, songwriting and documenting techniques. Always cautious with being in comparison to her even more popular sister, she was hesitant to record before time was best. However, she do appear as visitor vocalist on Jackson Browne’s 1st album. This is followed by looks on albums by Wayne Taylor and Artwork Garfunkel. The second option became something of the mentor and prompted Columbia Information to indication her to some recording agreement. Her self-titled debut recording was released in 1979 and the as offering her own tracks, included addresses of materials by Jules Shear, the Bee Gees and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Oddly enough, there is also a revival of a vintage Mamas AS WELL AS THE Papas music, ‘Stage Out’. Garfunkel added some liner records, effusively explaining Kunkel ‘along the lines of really great performers: Billie Vacation, the Everly Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Wayne Taylor, Linda Ronstadt… pay attention to Leah Kunkel’. Sadly, Kunkel didn’t cross over towards the mainstream as efficiently as much hoped.

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Full Name Leah Kunkel
Parents Bess Cohen, Philip Cohen

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1 Mother-in-law of J.C. Brandy.
2 Mother of Nathaniel Kunkel.
3 Younger sister of Cass Elliot.



Biography 2003 TV Series documentary archive source - 1 episode



Biography 2003 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode



Chasing Jules Documentary post-production Herself - Singer
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce 1986 Video Herself - Player (as The Coyote Sisters - Leah R. Kunkel)

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