Monkeeing Around at Home with
Micky Dolenz Story by David Laurell Photos by Keith Munyan / www.keithmunyan.com
mericans first met Micky Dolenz – then known as Mickey Braddock – back in the late 1950s in the role of Corky, sitting atop his pet elephant Bimbo’s back in the television series “Circus Boy.” Less than a decade later, after appearing in numerous television shows and upstart rock ‘n’ roll bands, the then-20-year-old Dolenz established his place in pop culture history while sitting behind a drum set as a member of The Monkees. Recently, in the family room of his stylish Southwestern-style home, nestled deep in the mountains of a canyon on the outskirts of Los Angeles, the actor and musician – who will turn 70 next month – invited Life After 50 to take a seat next to him on a couch. For the next few hours, the man who, along with Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, outsold The Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1967 and gave the world a string of platinum albums and hit songs including “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Daydream Believer,” spoke candidly about his career, fellow bandmates, family and much more. As his wife Donna, a former flight attendant he married in 2002, transferred dishes from the table to the dishwasher following lunch, and his 31-year-old daughter, Georgia, periodically popped in and out between the home and adjacent workshop via a platinum- and gold record-adorned hallway, Dolenz sunk into the couch, which provides a dramatic view of the canyon below.
14 LIFEAFTER50.COM February 2015