Motorcycles and Mississippi mamas: The unlikely camaraderie of Elvis Presley and John Phillips

“Somewhere down the beach she has a house of her own alone, out of reach she won’t even answer the telephone, and I’m alone:” On a Malibu beach a boy fishes, a young woman jogs, a golden retriever waits patiently, and John Phillips, nicknamed the “Wolfking of L.A.,” is incongruously bedecked in a fur coat, scarf, white top hat, and tall brown boots. This is a circa February 1970 outtake from the cover photo shoot for the founding Mamas and Papas songwriter’s self-titled debut solo album released on Dunhill Records. Photography by Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal