This Day In Music, May 7: The Mamas and the Papas, Madonna, Ersatz Toni Braxton

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Trina Johnson-Finn, erstaz Toni Braxton

May 7


The Mamas and the Papas started a three-week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with "Monday Monday." It made No.3 in the UK. The group was reported as saying they all hated the song except for its writer, John Phillips. The Mamas and the Papas won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.




A planning inquiry hearing Madonna's appeal to ban ramblers from parts of her £9m country estate heard details of the land's make-up. The pop star claimed 100 acres of land at the 1,200-acre Ashcombe House estate had been inaccurately classified as open country.

Madonna was appealing against the classification in a hearing. Under the act, people would have the right to access any land registered on the final map as open country-mountain, moor, heath or down. 


Trina Johnson-Finn was in custody awaiting her trial in Suriname, South America, after being accused of trying to pass herself off as singer Toni Braxton at a concert.

The singer was booed off stage in Paramaribo in March and pelted with rubbish when a huge crowd realised she was not the award-winning artist. Ms Johnson-Finn's husband, Raymond Finn, made a statement saying his wife had been duped by the promoter who had booked her and had advertised her as the real Braxton. 

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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