Monkee Shines Issue 67 Rodney Gets A Star
In this issue: DJ Rodney Bingenheimer gets a star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame 20 Questions with Bonnie Borgh and Janet Litterio 30 Seconds With Davy Jones Who’s Keeping The Monkees Out Of The Hall Of Fame? Suduko with a Monkees Twist Pen Pals E-pals Great Moments in Monkees History Micky News Mike News Peter News David News And much much more….
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Letter From The Editor ............................ 3 Great Moments ........................................ 4 Jerry Renino Memorial Fund................... 9 Rodnety Bingenheimer ............................ 10 Meet the Fans ........................................... 11 Postcard From Micky ............................... 15 Who's keeping the Monkees out of Hall of Fame? ........................................................ 16 He’s A Believer ...Peter Tork .................. 17 Vh1 To Air Monterey International Pop Fest Documentary .................................... 20 30 Seconds With Davy Jones .................. 21 Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Greater Los Angeles Fundraiser ........................... 23 This Monkeee Horses Around ................. 25 E-Pals ........................................................ 28 Pen Pals ..................................................... 29 Suduko With A Monkee Twist ................ 30 How Davy Changes Lives ....................... 31 Epcot ......................................................... 35 Personal Ads ............................................. 37 Micky News .............................................. 38 Peter News ................................................ 39 Peter performs at Benefit For Homeless Shelter ....................................................... 39 David News .............................................. 41 Mike News ................................................ 42 I’ll Be True To You Rewards .................. 44
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From the Editor! party with PFG members and friends listening via the internet all over the country and calling in to share our thoughts and stories while emailing each other during the music portions of the show. We all had a blast. DJ Don Hurley promised to send me a CD of the entire show and told me to make copies for the Gang, which I will do as soon as I get it from him. A little something for everyone to look forward to in the next issue. Sadly, the hour before featured another DJ with a phone interview with Peter. We didn’t know about Peter’s interview and missed a good deal of it. For those of you who are on myspace, you can find us at : myspace.com/cindybryant … just another way to keep informed with bulletins, etc. As always we are looking for your stories. Check out 20 Questions: Meet The Fans on page 11. We’d love to feature you next time! See you on the road!
Dear Gang, With postage going up again I am seriously trying to cut back on the size of the issues rather than raise membership dues. I thought this might help get the newsletters out on a more regular schedule and I know all of you have your doubts but I am seriously going to do my best to make that happen by 2008. In the meantime I hope to have a special treat for all paid up members with the next newsletter… on July 14th radio station WIBG radio in Atlantic City did a 2 hour radio interview with David that included music from the Monkees and David’s solo songs as well and phone calls from fans. We turned the event into a
Notice We have tried to stick to a regular schedule for the newsletter but something always gets in the way. We have a choice to throw something together or take a little longer and do something we can be proud of. We hope you think it is worth the wait. As always, if you are unhappy with your membership for any reason, we will be happy to refund the remainder of your membership dues upon request.
Birthdays and other special events
May 1 2 2 2 3 5 8 8 9 9 10 10 12 12 14 15 16 19 19 20 20 22 23 23 24 26 28 29
David Jones in "Real Live Brady Bunch", Morgantown, West Virginia (1994) Johnny Ware Leslie Gore Emmy nominations announced: Best Comedy Series (Producers Bert Schneider & Bob Rafelson); Best Comedy Director (James Frawley, "Royal Flush") Bert Schneider Tony Asselta Michael on "American Bandstand" performs "Nevada Fighter" Brendon Cahill Tommy Roe Scottish actor Monte Landis signs for ten Monkees segments Fats Domino Donovan Peter on "Boy Meets World" (1995) Bill Chadwick Lek Leckenby David Jones at Hershey Park Amphitheatre, Hershey, Pennsylvania (1993) David Jones at Hershey Park Amphitheatre, Hershey, Pennsylvania (1993) Davy hosts "TV's All Time Favorites on CBS (1995) Pete Townsend Susan Cowsill Cher Trina Dolenz Micky Dolenz at Adventureland, Des Moines, Iowa (1992) Cindy Bryant Bob Dylan Billy Beck The Monkees hold press conference at the Hard Rock Hotel in NYC to kick off their 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour (1986) David Jones at Tiger Stadium, Massillon, Ohio (1994)
Monkee Shines 29 Rick Schwinden 31 Samantha Juste June 1 1 2 3 4 6 7 9 11 12 12 13 14 14 15 16 17 17 17 17 18 18 20 20 20 21 21 22 23 23 25 26 28 28 29
Ron Wood Pat Boone Charlie Watts Janet Litterio The Monkees' show receives two Emmy awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Director (1967) Gary US Bonds Tom Jones LA radio station 93/KHJ sponsors "The Monkees" concert at the Hollywood Bowl Mary Ann Hart "Headquarters" album released (1967) Micky Dolenz at Burlington Steamboat Days, Burlington, Iowa (1991) Michael on "Late Night with David Letterman" (1983) "The Monkees Greatest Hits" released (1969) Micky Dolenz at Holiday Star, Merrillville, Indiana (1991) Harry Nilsson John Franklin The Monkees (Micky, David, and Michael) on The Tonight Show in NY with Johnny Carson (1969) Ken Wilkinson David Jones (Teen Idol Tour) Burlington Steamboat Days, Burlington, Iowa (1998) The Monkees (minus Mike) at Burlington Steamboat Days, Burlington, Iowa (2001) "Headquarters" album receives Gold Record (1967) Paul McCartney Michael's Cruisin' video airs on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" The Monkees (minus Mike) at Burlington Steamboat Days, Burlington, Iowa (1986) Brian Wilson DJB&H debuts their act at Six Flags in St. Louis, Missouri before 12,500 people (1975) Ray Davies "D.W. Washburn" #19 (last Top 20 Hit) (1968) Howard Kaylan The Monkees arrive in Paris to begin shooting for show (1967) Hank Cicalo Annabel Jones (1988) The Monkees (minus Mike) at Iowa Cubs Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa (1996) First group interview (Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter) since 1968 at KLOS Radio Station in LA on the "Mark and Brian" Show (1989) Pizza Hut commercial debuts with Micky, Davy, Peter, and Ringo Starr (1995)
Monkee Shines 30 The Monkees on "The Pat Sajak Show" (1989) July 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 10 10 10 11 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 16 18 18
Ron Masak First concert of the 1987 tour in Tucson, Arizona (1987) First concert of the 1989 tour in Winnipeg, Canada (1989) Naom Pitlik Kelly Jean Peters Winton Teel David Jones at Buffalo Racetrack, Hamburg, New York (1994) Harrison Rand Jones McFadden Sarah Jones (1971) Jerry Blavat David Jones at Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1991) David Jones in "Oliver!" rehearsal Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri (1993) David Jones in "Oliver!" Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri (1993) Peter on "Geraldo" "Pleasant Valley Sunday" released (1967) "That Was Then, This Is Now" enters Billboard Top 100 at #88 with a bullet (1986) David Jones in "Oliver!" Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri (1993) David Jones, Frontier Days, Arlington Heights, Illinois (2003) "Heart & Soul" video shot in Hollywood Pat Paulsen Press conference in NYC announcing thirty-city tour (1967) Ringo Starr Peter on "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982) "Pleasant Valley Sunday" receives Gold Record (1967) Michael Nesmith performs with The Monkees at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California (1989) The Monkees received their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Vogue Theatre (1989) David Jones at Westroads Shopping Mall, Omaha, Nebraska (1987) David Jones (Mark Lindsay/Eric Burdon) at Rivinia, Highland Park, Illinois (1991) Peter on "The Stephen Banks Show" (1994) Peter Meyerson Joe Higgins David Jones at Walden's Bookstore, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, Illinois (1987) The Monkees (minus Mike) at Poplar Creek, Hoffman Estates, Illinois (1987) DJB&H tour southeast Asia and Japan (1976) Roger McGuinn David Jones at street fest in Elkhart, Indiana (1991) The Monkees tour Japan for the first time since October 8, 1968 (1989) Brian Auger Dion DiMucci
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Micky Dolenz at Williamsburg Beach Party, Williamsburg, Iowa (1992) The Monkees (as a Trio) on the "Johnny Cash Show" on ABC David Jones at Heart of Illinois Fair, Peoria, Illinois (1993) David Jones/Micky Dolenz, Casino Magic, Bay of St. Louis, Mississippi (1994) David Jones/Micky Dolenz, Casino Magic, Bay of St. Louis, Mississippi (1994) Barry Whitwam The final show in Toyko, Japan (1989) Bobby Sherman Stanley Ralph Ross Ruth Buzzi Emily Dolenz (1983) Mick Jagger David Jones on "Sally Jessy Raphael", New York City, New York (1993) MFQ performs "Laura" on "Michael Nesmith in Television Parts" ninetyminute special David Jones in South Bend, Indiana (1991) David Jones at Tobin Plaza, World Trade Center, New York City, New York (1993) "Pleasant Valley Sunday" #3 (1967) Phyllis Nesmith Paul Anka Gary Lewis
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David Jones aired "Sally Jessy Raphael" (1993) "Words" #11 (1967) Billie Hayes David Jones/Micky Dolenz, Holiday Star, Merrillville, Indiana (1994) David Jones in "Oliver!" Muny Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri (1993) David Jones/Micky Dolenz, Point Park 3 Rivers Regatta, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1994) Jason Nesmith (1968) Jack Good David Jones in "Oliver!" Muny Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri (1993) Davy portrays "Fagin" in "Oliver!" at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre (1988) Charlotte Dolenz (1981) Nita Talbot David Jones at Fargo Fest, Moline, Illinois (1992) Micky on "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno (1994) Ronnie Spector Michael's "Rio" video airs on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" (1979) Marilyn Schlossberg La Salandra David Crosby Rose Marie "Last Train To Clarksville" released (1966)
Monkee Shines 16 Julie Newmar 18 "That Was Then, This Is Now" #20 (1986) 18 David Jones/Micky Dolenz, Milwaukee Zoo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1994) 18 The Monkees (minus Mike) at The Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois (1996) 19 Hazel Wilkinson 19 David Jones/Micky Dolenz, Treasure Island Casino, Red Wing, Minnesota (1994) 19 Billy J. Kramer 20 Peter Tork and Friends at The Vic, Chicago, Illinois (1988) 20 David Jones at The Bismarck, Chicago, Illinois (1990) 20 David Jones/Micky Dolenz, Lake, Rattle, and Roll, Lake Superior, Wisconsin (1994) 20 David Jones/Micky Dolenz, Treasure Island Casino, Red Wing, Minnesota (1994) 22 Ron Dante 26 Bob Cowsill 27 Peter's first album "Stranger Things Have Happened" released on Beachwood Records (1994) 27 Chip Douglas (1942) 28 The Monkees attend The Beatles' concert at Dodger Stadium in LA (1966) 28 Barbara Iannoli 28 The Monkees (minus Mike) at Holiday Star, Merrillville, Indiana (1987) 29 The Monkees (minus Mike) at Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1987) 29 Michael Jackson 30 John Phillips 30 The Monkees (minus Mike) at Taste of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1996)
Announcing the Jerry Renino Memorial Fund A music scholarship at Jerry's Alma Mater From a donation of $5 -$5,000 and up Checks or money orders can be made out to: Oswego College Foundation, Inc. And sent to: The Jerry Renino Memorial Fund SUNY Oswego Development Office 219 Sheldon Hall Oswego, NY 13126
Jerry Renino backstage at the Tonight Show on 1/5/95
Photo by Pat Smith
LA rock DJ Rodney Bingenheimer Gets Star On Walk of Fame (03-09) 14:20 PST Los Angeles (AP) â€“ Dubbed the "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," Rodney Bingenheimer launched the careers of such bands as Blondie and Blur on his longtime radio rock show. On Friday, the Los Angeles disc jockey received some glitzy gratitude: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "I can't believe I started this in 1976 playing the Ramones," said Bingenheimer in an emotional speech at the ceremony for the walk's 2,330th star. Guests included Brian Wilson, the Bangles, Bingenheimer's sister and hordes of cheering fans. "Once upon a time, three little girls pooled their daytime job money together to make a record. We have Rodney Bingenheimer to thank for playing it," said the Bangles' Vicki Peterson. For 30 years, the unassuming Bingenheimer a shy and thin, with a squeaky
voice has hosted "Rodney on the Roq" on local radio station KROQ-FM. He is known as the first DJ to play records by such bands as Blondie, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Duran Duran, the Cure, Joan Jett, No Doubt, Blur, Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Coldplay. In the '60s, Bingenheimer became Davy Jones' stand-in on the TV series "The Monkees." His '70s-era Hollywood nightclub Rodney's English Disco attracted the likes of Iggy Pop and Led Zeppelin, jump-starting the L.A. glam rock movement. In the 2003 documentary "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," stars including Mick Jagger and David Bowie paid tribute to Bingenheimer and his journey from music fan to scene legend. "You getting a star is the high point of the season. We are all delighted for you," Bowie wrote in a telegram read Friday at the dedication ceremony.
Rodney Bingenheimer at the Hard Rock CafĂŠ in LA on 1/5/95
Photo By Pat Smith
20 Questions Meet The Fans
Bonnie Borgh 1. 2. 3. 4.
Name Bonnie Borgh Where do you live? Bettendorf, Iowa Age November 26, 1959 (47) When did you become a fan? I have been a fan of “The Monkees” since they debuted on NBC in September of 1966. What is your first Monkees’ memory? I remember asking my Mom to call me into the house (from riding my bike) at 6:30 pm on Monday nights to watch “The Monkees”. What is your favorite Monkees’ memory? I have been blessed with enumerable ones. Being invited by David to his house for tea is right up there with David literally comin’ to (performing in) my town. I also remember “marrying” “The Monkees” with my cousins, Judy and Ann, at my Grandmother’s farm house. Unfortunately, I had to marry Micky because they both wanted Davy. How many shows have you been to? Collectively and individually one hundred fifty-three (153) Close Encounters of The Monkees’ Kind. What was your favorite show to date? I have seen The Monkees from sea to shining sea, i.e. from as far North as Lake Superior, Wisconsin to as far South as the Bay of St. Louis, Mississippi, from as far East as New York City (twice), and from as far West as Los Angeles Cali-
fornia (twice). I would have to say the most thrilling collective Monkees’ show was on July 9, 1989 at The Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles where all four Monkees performed together. Why was it your favorite? There was just such a presence listening to the band with all four Monkees reunited. What is your favorite Monkees’ song? It would be very difficult to choose a favorite. I feel like “Daydream Believer” is probably the most nostalgic, but I also like “A Little Be Me, A Little Bit You” and “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round?” What is your favorite episode? “The Christmas Show” is my favorite episode because I love to watch David’s impromptu introduction of the cast and crew. I also love the scene from inside the toy store department because I remember having the exact same “Finger Paints” as shown on the episode. Who is your favorite Monkee? Unequivocally, David Jones Why? David Jones captured my heart (as a six year old) because of his “baby face”, beautiful “golden teeth”, and English accent. My heart still races whenever I see/hear him. He is a very talented entertainer/storyteller. He has the most intense eye contact of anyone I have ever met. He is unbelievably sweet with people.
Monkee Shines 14. What do you think makes The Monkees appeal to such a diverse demographics (age group)? The music is multigenerational, and the show was “Good Clean Fun”. 15. If you could say anything to The Monkees or your favorite Monkee what would it be? (Remember at least one of The Monkees reads the newsletter...and you know who you are!) Thank you for making my dream (s) come true. 16. How do you think your life has been affected by Monkeemania? I’m A Believer that nothing is impossible. I have been able to coincide my love of travel with my adoration of “The Monkees”. “The Monkees” have been a vehicle to nuture my love of creative writing. 17. What is your favorite piece of memorabilia in your collection? My favorite article of memorabilia is the Colgems “Pieces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones Ltd.” album that I found/ purchased at an oldies’ record show autographed by all four Monkees in 1967 at a radio station (somewhere) in Wisconsin. 18. Why? All of their signatures are signed meticulously in a different color marker across their respective photos on the flip side of the album, and it only cost $10.00! 19. What would you like to see your favorite Monkee do in the future? Visit me at our house! 20. Do you have a favorite photo of you and one or all of the Monkees you would like to share? Cindy Bryant took the first photo I ever had taken with David at the Ingersol Theatre in Des Moines, Iowa on February 27, 1991.
Bonnie and David in 1991
Janet Litterio 1. Name? Janet Litterio, or Jan to certain, special friends. 2. Where do you live? Homer Glen, Illinois AKA Lockport 3. Age? Young and younger……50 That just seems SO wrong. 4. When did you become a fan? Sept 1966 5. What is your first Monkees memory? Watching the show the first couple of weeks/months at my Grandmother’s house just a few houses down from ours—she had a color TV---we did not. She would tell me that Davy sounded just like her father, as he also was from Manchester. My Grandmother thought Davy was cute, too. She also bought me my first Monkee’s album. Like mother, like daughter, my Mom bought me a ticket to my first Davy solo show— not all that long ago. 6. What is your favorite Monkees memory? Monkees collectively…….seeing Davy, Micky, and Peter perform together at the Star Plaza in March 2001 and also elsewhere during
Monkee Shines 2001-02 in Chicagoland. I never, ever thought I would get to a Monkees concert…took decades, but well worth the wait. Solo Monkee memory…….very tough to choose, I’ve been very fortunate to have some very cherished memories, as we all have. In Oshkosh, WI in June of 2005, Tom—my hubby—and I were sitting outside a hotel restaurant relaxing, enjoying a “lemonade.” David walked outside where we were seated, sat down at our table, and visited/chatted with us. He invited us to accompany him the next morning when he visited the local radio station. We were thrilled to be invited and accompany him. At breakfast the next morning, we saw a man seated, waving us over. We joined David…..another interesting chat. A member of his entourage entered the restaurant, and did not seem happy to see us sitting there with David. I then decided it would be for the best not to accompany him to the radio station. A regret I will have forever. But our visits during that trip were most memorable. I think the saying goes “good things stand the test of time.” 7. How many shows have you been to? 21—including 2 shows that were rained out, and could not be played. And 2 wonderfully fun and very memorable booksignings!!!! Hoping for more!! 8. What was your favorite show to date? I’m a little biased; it would be our Lockport shows. Since the question is singular, if I had to pick one of our Lockport shows, I’d have to say Lockport 2004. 9. Why was it your favorite? WHY…actually, I believe David sang part of that song at that show. Planning that show, along with the tv and
radio appearances, was the most fun. Being a part of that booksigning was FUN. Seeing people meeting David and watching him perform… some for the first time…..was absolutely priceless. I’ve not seen SO many smiling faces since….other than our 2005 Lockport show. The show itself was outstanding… David appeared to be SO happy and carefree at that particular show. 10. What is your favorite Monkees song? I Wanna Be Free 11. What is your favorite episode? Success Story 12. Who is your favorite Monkee? Betcha can’t guess the answer to this one. Just in the event you cannot figure this one out….it’s not Barry Manilow—woops, wrong group…I like some of his music, but he doesn’t do much for me, it’s not like he’s DAVY JONES!!!!! 13. Why? If I listed each reason why, with Bonnie being the other person answering the same questions in the same issue, we’d have a volume of the newsletter that would far exceed War and Peace. I can look eye to eye with him…the other guys are taller. 14. What do you think makes the Monkees appeal to such a diverse demographics (age group)? When people hear or think of The Monkees, the first thing that comes to mind is fun and the innocence of our youth. My life long friends and I have talked about this, we’ve all gone to various shows together. Monkees music is happy. Even when the trials/stress of everyday life get to us, we hear a Monkees tune….and even momentarily, our spirits are lifted. Us baby boomers like it because it was about our favorite guy, and yes, I do realize and am continually re-
Monkee Shines minded that in addition to Davy, 3 other guys were in the group. People older than us like it because that was all they heard when we were youngthey had no choice. And the younger fans have heard us play the music, so they like it too. What’s not to like? 15. If you could say anything to the Monkees or your favorite Monkee what would it be? (Remember at least one of the Monkees reads the newsletter...any you know who you are!) Does he know who he is? Everyone always seems to ask him that. OK, we know…….hmm……I’ll have to face him sooner or later---eye to eye……ok, I’ll start with The Monkees as a group: Thanks guys for all the wonderful childhood memories and your music…and thank you for continuing to share your gift of music with us. David, let me think of something unique…I used to keep your picture on my bedroom wall, but I never kissed the television…you know, those electrified carpets and all. 16. How do you think your life has been affected by Monkeemania? It’s hard to put a single word or phrase as an answer. If it was not for Monkeemania, I would not have some of the close friends that I now do. I have met some absolutely wonderful people that I will never, ever forget as a result of this. Experiences I’ve had, things I have accomplished—which I never, ever would have imagined in a thousand lifetimes, have been a result of Monkeemania. 17. What is your favorite piece of memorabilia in your collection? Cindy, these questions are HARD!!! I can see why it could take 4+ years to complete. I would have to say pictures taken with David and my family.
18. Why? When I was 10 and watched the show, I could not imagine EVER meeting “Davy”, although my friend at the time, Debbie Stevens, and I would pretend we did. That was an integral part of our lives back then. To actually meet someone that at one time played such a part in your young life and have pictures of them with you and your family-parents, sibling, husband, children, is very memorable. Every picture tells a story….sorry…wrong group again— darnit, wouldn’t you think I’d get it right…..so to have memories captured in pictures is very important. 19 What would you like to see your favorite Monkee do in the future? Well, since Cindy just reminded me this is a family newsletter….I’d have to say that I would like to see Davy perform in a play. 20. Do you have a favorite photo of you and one or all of the Monkees you would like to share? Yes, I do.
Janet and David
Here’s your chance to be featured in Monkee Shines.! Write down your answers to the 20 Questions and send them to us along with your favorite photo. We will try to feature a different fan in each issue.
This postcard found it’s way into Bonnie Borgh’s mailbox recently 15
Who's keeping the Monkees out of Hall of Fame? By Joseph Dionisio Tribune Newspapers: Newsday
May 3 2007
("Steppin' Stone"), Run-D.M.C. ("Mary, Mary") and The Church ("Porpoise Song") have covered Monkees' songs. Even Radiohead's "Go To Sleep" eerily channels Micky Dolenz's vocals.
"So you better get ready," shouts the theme to the Monkees' 1960s TV series, "we may be comin' to your town!" Unless, of course, your town is Cleveland.
"I'm convinced that Micky is one of the great singers of our time," Tork says. "He's always been something of a genius.â€?
Peter Tork says the Monkees merit consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but one man opposes their induction.
One notable fan is Michael Stipe, who reportedly vowed to bar R.E.M. from the Hall until the Monkees got in. Stipe declined comment, but in 1994 he did tell Rolling Stone that "the Monkees ... meant a lot more to me" than the Beatles. R.E.M. was finally inducted last month.
"The only person ... holding a grudge is Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone," says the former Monkee. The magazine editor "has never written a gracious word. He personally has the veto power to keep us out." How does Tork's group, the Shoe Suede Blues band -- whose Emmywinning show aped the Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night" -- rank against other inductees? The Animals, the Rascals, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Dells, Del Shannon, Frankie Lymon or Black Sabbath: None of them has more top 20 singles than the Monkees' 10. Ratings aside, classics such as "Pleasant Valley Sunday" have aged better than the likes of Shannon, whose "Hat's Off to Larry" seems laughable as Hall justification.
Wenner -- who didn't reply to an interview request -- allegedly denounces Tork, Dolenz, Davy Jones and Mike Nesmith for not playing their own instruments on the band's first albums. In this "American Idol" era, when acts are "manufactured" like toasters, fewer critics crucify the Monkees for being a TV show that spawned a band. So have they faced an unfair standard? Were they, in fact, a "real" group?
Bands as disparate as the Sex Pistols
"I've not heard the slightest murmur 16
Monkee Shines about the Monkees being fake," Tork, 65, says from his Connecticut home. "Everybody's forgotten it, except Wenner. He's been vicious."
"I'm not sure it's quite true," says Tork, who plays guitar, banjo, piano and bass. "I'm far and away the besttrained musician, but I'm in awe of all three [Monkees]. Jimi meant that I was the most [receptive] to his kind of music."
Backed by producer Don Kirshner's songwriting stable -- Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart -- the band unleashed four straight No. 1 albums and three chart -toppers. They eventually penned their own catchy pop, albeit with less chart success.
Tork's new album -- Shoe Suede Blues' "Cambria Hotel" -- stars guitarist Richard Mikuls, bassist Arnold Jacks and drummer Jeff Olson. The band's name doesn't reflect Elvis so much as a less fractious era in radio.
"George Harrison used to say he wished his best songs were as good as the worst of Lennon-McCartney," Tork says. "So, we used to hope our best songs were as good as the worst of the Brill Building."
Besides a bluesy "Last Train to Clarksville," its hidden gem is an Indian violin-laced "For Pete's Sake," a.k.a. the show's closing theme. The album has medicinal value, Tork suggests.
Tork's fame, however, is more about musicianship than songwriting. So said Jimi Hendrix, who called him the most talented Monkee. The guitarist opened several Monkees' gigs, including a '67 show at New York's West Side Tennis Club. Was his compliment accurate?
"People listen to dance music like taking aspirin: to shut down the pain," he says. "But the blues puts you back together. Like penicillin, it's therapeutic. If I can bring a microscopic bit of that feeling ... my career's in good shape."
He's A Believer
Peter Tork defends the Monkees' viability for Rock Hall of Fame BY JOSEPH DIONISIO email@example.com April 18, 2007
series, "we may be comin' to your town!" Unless, of course, your town is Cleveland.
'So you better get ready," shouts the theme to the Monkees' 1960s TV 17
Monkee Shines Peter Tork - whose band Shoe Suede Blues visits East Setauket and Patchogue this week - says the Monkees merit consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but one man opposes their induction.
1994 he did tell Rolling Stone that "The Monkees ... meant a lot more to me" than the Beatles. R.E.M. was finally inducted last month. Wenner - who didn't reply to an interview request - allegedly denounces Tork, Dolenz, Davy Jones and Mike Nesmith for not playing their own instruments on the band's first albums.
"The only person ... holding a grudge is Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone," says the former Monkee. The magazine editor "has never written a gracious word. He personally has the veto power to keep us out.â€?
In this "American Idol" era, when acts are "manufactured" like toasters, fewer critics crucify the Monkees for being a TV show that spawned a band. So have they faced an unfair standard? Were they, in fact, a "real" group?
How does the band - whose Emmywinning show aped the Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night" - rank against other inductees? Neither the Animals, the Rascals, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Dells, Del Shannon, Frankie Lymon nor Black Sabbath have more Top 20 singles than the Monkees' 10. Ratings aside, classics such as "Pleasant Valley Sunday" have aged better than the likes of Shannon, whose "Hat's Off to Larry" seems laughable as Hall justification.
"I've not heard the slightest murmur about the Monkees being fake," Tork, 65, says from his Connecticut home. "Everybody's forgotten it, except Wenner. He's been vicious." One Rolling Stone reporter, Tork says, wrote a glowing story crystallizing their merits. But before publication, Tork adds, "The writer said, 'Jann took my article, gutted it and rewrote it to [bury] you.'"
Bands as disparate as the Sex Pistols ("Steppin' Stone"), Run-D.M.C. ("Mary, Mary") and The Church ("Porpoise Song") have covered Monkees' songs. Even Radiohead's "Go To Sleep" eerily channels Micky Dolenz's vocals.
Backed by producer Don Kirshner's songwriting stable - Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart - the band unleashed four straight No. 1 albums and three chart -toppers. They eventually penned their own catchy pop, albeit with less chart success.
"I'm convinced that Micky is one of the great singers of our time," Tork says. "He's always been something of a genius." One notable fan is Michael Stipe, who reportedly vowed to bar R.E.M. from the Hall until the Monkees got in. Stipe declined comment, but in
"George Harrison used to say he wished his best songs were as good as the worst of Lennon-McCartney," 18
Monkee Shines Tork says. "So, we used to hope our best songs were as good as the worst of the Brill Building."
DAVY JONES, 61 ... the lone British Monkee His fame led David Bowie (originally David Jones) to change his name ... Tony nominee for "Oliver!" in '60s ... he and Dolenz had little musical training before the series' NBC debut on Sept. 12, 1966.
Tork's fame, however, is more about musicianship than songwriting. So said Jimi Hendrix, who called him the most talented Monkee. The guitarist opened several Monkees' gigs, including a '67 show at Forest Hills' West Side Tennis Club. Was his compliment accurate?
MIKE NESMITH, 64 ... aka Wool Hat.
"I'm not sure it's quite true," says Tork, who plays guitar, banjo, piano and bass. "I'm far and away the besttrained musician, but I'm in awe of all three [Monkees]. Jimi meant that I was the most [receptive] to his kind of music."
He wrote Linda Ronstadt's "Different Drum" ... video pioneer who paved the way for creation of MTV ... his mom, Bette Nesmith, invented Liquid Paper in the '50s Skipped most Monkee reunions, and keeps little contact.
Tork's new album - Shoe Suede Blues' "Cambria Hotel" (sold at cdbaby.com) - stars guitarist Richard Mikuls, bassist Arnold Jacks and drummer Jeff Olson. The band's name doesn't reflect Elvis, so much as a less fractious era in radio.
"People listen to dance music like taking aspirin: to shut down the pain," he says. "But the blues puts you back together. Like penicillin, it's therapeutic. If I can bring a microscopic bit of that feeling ... my career's in good shape. Monkees
Earned TV success as child star (1956's "Circus Boy"), director ("Boy Meets World")... auditioned as Fonzie on "Happy Days" and Riddler in '95's "Batman," but voiced Two-Face in a Bat 'toon ... son of actor George Dolenz â€Ś former DJ at WCBS/101.1 FM. Copyright 2007 Newsday Inc.
Besides a bluesy "Last Train to Clarksville," its hidden gem is an Indian violin-laced "For Pete's Sake," aka the show's closing theme. The album has medicinal value, Tork suggests.
Vh1 To Air Monterey International Pop Fest Documentary .PR) In celebration of the Monterey International Pop Festival’s 40th anniversary, VH1 Rock Docs will premiere an original documentary, “Monterey 40” on Saturday, June 16 at 9 PM ET/ PT on VH1 Classic and VH1. “Monterey 40” will tell the story of this historic event from conception to event to aftermath to lasting impact from the perspective of musicians, organizers, audi-
ence members and visual documentarians. The film will include new interviews with Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Michelle Phillips, Pete Townshend, Grace Slick, Bob Weir, Micky Dolenz, Ravi Shankar, [worthless corporate fools that have ruined rock have been removed from this announcement] and Paul Kantner among others.
30 Seconds With Davy Jones Real staying power is very different from carrying a tune well and having celebrity simply by virtue of overexposure. Seriously, you can see more talent in Epcot on any one day of the year than in 50 episodes of American Idol. Just walk around the World Showcase and watch all the performers. When was the last time you talked to Maureen McCormick (aka Marcia Brady)? I last saw Maureen at the TV Land awards show in 2003, and I must say, It’s always a pleasure to see her and all of the Brady “kids.” They have all become terrific grown -ups. Have you seen Eve Plumb’s paintings? She is an extremely talented artist.
Orlando Sentinel—March 30-April 5, 2007 Davy Jones, beloved by at least two generations for his stint with TV’s The Monkees and a long touring career that followed, will appear at the national Flower & Garden Festival May 11-15. We caught up to him via e-mail for “Thirty Seconds With.. Davy Jones.”
Are you are gardener yourself? Yes, I am. I can grow anything, give me a dead plant and I’ll bring it back to life . . . . I truly love the Flower & Garden Festival, it’s one of the highlights of my year. I’ve rescued little dead trees from trash and have had them grow into big, healthy trees, its simple basic mathematics. Don’t overthink it, don’t overwater it . . . And don’t give up. Green thumbs run in my family. My eldest daughter, Talia, is a landscape architect in Los Angeles.
What contemporary band or bands do you like? I adore Billy Joel and R.E.M. I like a great many artists. There is so much great music out there, it’s overwhelming. Are you an American Idol fan? Absolutely not. It’s like the Gong Show meets Star Search. American Idol tends to give a false impression of how artists are able to sustain truly viable and profound art.
Is it true you live in Florida part time and if so what drew you here? 21
Monkee Shines Yes, I have a home in South Florida on the East Coast. For me it was simple sunshine, ocean, and beautiful views. Being an entertainer, I can travel out of anywhere, so why not somewhere as great as here? I’m more comfortable and so are my horses. What’s not to love?
“What makes you happy?” because I like to answer that there is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. (Editor’s note to Bonnie: That’s what we did wrong !!!! We didn’t E”MAIL the form!)
What question do you wish we had asked?
David with a couple of his horses
Susquehanna Life Spring 2007
Elite Moving Service Rolls out the Red Carpet for Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Greater Los Angeles Fundraiser NorthStar Moving Company Donates Premier Moving Service for 'Uncork a Wish' Wine Tasting and Auction
the Make-A- Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles' 14th Annual "Uncork A Wish" Wine Tasting and Auction fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, 2007, NorthStar Moving will help provide a smooth and successful gala affair. NorthStar Moving has granted Make-A-Wish Foundation's wish by being their mover for this event and others throughout the year.
LOS ANGELES, April 30 / PRNewswire/ -- NorthStar Moving Corporation, the leading residential and commercial mover in California, offering local, intrastate, interstate, and international moves, as well as storage services, today announced it is providing free moving services to ensure that prized artwork and fragile items for the Make-A -Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles' upcoming fundraiser are handled with the utmost care.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children battling life threatening medical conditions. The Greater Los Angeles chapter has fulfilled over 5,800 wishes since it began in 1983. Its annual "Uncork a Wish" Fundraiser plays an important role in fulfilling these wishes. This highly anticipated event features tasting from over 75 vintners and delicious meals from top Los Angeles venues. The highlight of the
Renowned for its RED CARPET SERVICE, NorthStar Moving has become the mover of choice for celebrity clientele. Now, as the stars come out for 23
evening is the silent and live auctions where attendees bid on fine wines, exquisite artwork, luxury trips, sports and entertainment memorabilia, and one-of-a-kind packages.
President Ram Katalan. "We are pleased that in our own small way we can help to make this year's fundraiser a terrific success." Three-time Emmy winning actor and comedian Brad Garrett of the Fox comedy "Til Death" is the special guest host and live auctioneer alongside Ed Beardsley of "Bonhams & Butterfields". Celebrity guests include Chris Cornell of Soundgarden/ Audioslave, Gregory Itzin of "24", Cheryl Tiegs, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, and Patrick O'Neal
The 14th annual event evokes the style and fun of the roaring twenties, complete with an art deco motif and jazz music. Preparations for this elaborate affair require the utmost care. Fragile glassware and china as well as precious artwork must be carefully packed and moved from the Make-AWish Foundation's offices in Los Angeles and from their storage at NorthStar Moving's facilities (which they provide at no cost throughout the year) to the event site inside the Santa Monica Air Center's Barker Hangar.
Will the real future Monkee please stand up?! Micky Braddock (Dolenz) Photo circa 1956.
"The Make-A-Wish Foundation has played such an important role in bringing smiles to the faces of youngsters facing immense health challenges," said NorthStar Moving Corporation Founder and 24
This Monkee Horses Around By SHARON WERNLUND
These are no ordinary steeds. Four of them, including Indiantown Jones, are training for racetracks across the country. His horses have a history of wins, and it's no wonder. One, says Jones, is the retired offspring of the legendary Seattle Slew. When Jones isn't here, odds are good that he's on a fast track to a gig somewhere and making mothers swoon.
Davy Jones, with his colt, Jessica Pacheco, at the stable he rents, bought a modest home in Indiantown about five years ago.
"I was out here this morning at 6 o'clock and cleaned all these stalls," says Jones, 61, on a recent Wednesday, as he bares his blistered fingers. "Last Saturday night, I was in Phoenix, with a microphone in my hand, singing to 5,000 people."
Monday, May 07, 2007 INDIANTOWN â€” In the 1960s, Davy Jones was a human magnet for screaming teeny-boppers as lead singer of The Monkees with his brown shag haircut, impish grin and cute British accent.
Though The Monkees have had several reunions since disbanding in 1970, Jones is now a solo act.
Four decades later, horses, not hordes of fans, greet the pint-sized performer at a remote ranch in this rural community where Jones, now a grandfather, is up to anything but monkey business. Clad in cowboy boots, denim jeans and a faded "Manchester Boy" Tshirt, the former teen idol and exjockey arrives before dawn, after a jolt of strong Cuban coffee, to feed, water and exercise his stable of 11 horses.
Davy Jones belts out a tune in April at the Indiantown Education Coalition's fund-raiser. 25
Monkee Shines This month, he returns to EPCOT's annual International Flower and Garden Festival in Orlando with a lineup of 1960s bands such as Paul Revere and The Raiders, the Turtles and The Guess Who.
then, that's what destroys people.
Jones takes the stage May 11-15 for Mother's Day weekend with nostalgic pop hits I'm a Believer, (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone and his trademark tune, Daydream Believer.
Jones visited Indiantown for decades before buying a modest home here about five years ago.
"So I'm doing this so that I can keep in touch with the world. And because I'm 61 years old and I don't want to be a little fat guy."
While training his race horses at nearby Payson Park, he discovered one of Martin County's poorest communities and was enchanted.
Why is he still popular, 40 years later? "One of the lines in the last song I wrote was 'Remember me the way you hoped I'd be,' " he says. "I think that's my secret."
"You see the Mexicans and the Guatemalans going out to work for minimum wages and take care of their kids and their families. It makes you proud that you're still living in a world that cares."
At the ranch in Indiantown, Jones stows his fame as easily as his saddle. His passion for his horses â€” not his successful career â€” dominates his thoughts as buckets are filled with feed and water.
The entertainer, who confesses to dying his graying locks, has retained the good looks that were once plastered on everything from Tiger Beat magazine covers and lunch boxes to bubble gum wrappers and trading cards.
At 16, Jones was nominated for a Tony award for his Broadway performance as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! Monkee milestones include an Emmy award-winning TV sitcom, multimillion record sales and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
And though he yearns to be anonymous, he's gracious when fans spot him at a local restaurant or park and happily obliges with a handshake, autograph or photo.
The leap from stellar status to sweeping stalls is a self-imposed reality check.
"Even Michael Jackson can go into Publix just as long as he doesn't do it at 7 o'clock on a Friday night," he quips.
"Once you're a celebrity, you become better-looking and more intelligent," he says. "You become all these things that you're not. And
In April, Jones, in his jeans and cowboy hat, strolled freely through a crowd of 150 guests at Indian River26
Monkee Shines Side Park in Jensen Beach as host of "A Groovy Night on the Ranch" fund-raiser dinner for the Indiantown Education Coalition.
South Fork High School. One $1,000 scholarship was awarded in honor of Jones' deceased mother.
The sold-out event, which he has hosted for three years, raised a record $7,500 for college scholarships and classroom grants. For an hour or so, Jones charmed the audience with songs and jokes as an aging teen idol.
"Most of these students are the first ones in their family to finish high school, so it's really a big deal," says Debbie Banta, the Martin County school district's special projects coordinator. "Because of him, we have gotten so much publicity and more donors than ever before.
While singing the band's theme song, "Here we come, walking down the street," Jones did the famous Monkee walk in the slomo style of a geriatric.
"I remember the Monkees when I was growing up. I wasn't a big fan then, but I am now."
"Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits) is now singing, 'Mrs. Brown, you've got a lovely walker' and Paul Simon is singing, 'Fifty ways to lose your liver.' "
Jones, who also has homes in Pennsylvania and California, is no stranger to charity events. In other communities, he's supported a cerebral palsy camp for children and the fight against multiple sclerosis.
But all joking aside, Jones is serious about the mission of the coalition of business partners, educators and community members to send Indiantown's poorest students to college.
He's also been a regular on the charity sports circuit and even ran in the London Marathon. Back in Indiantown, he's a good neighbor to Seagull Industries, where he leases his ranch.
"It's just kids â€” OK. There's so much emphasis on how kids are not cooperating and how they're destructive and disrespectful. But you know something: You come to Indiantown and the crime rate is practically zero."
When the nonprofit organization, which serves people with disabilities, recently held its annual picnic for clients and their families, Jones bought burgers, sang and recruited one of his band members to entertain.
On April 26 the coalition, thanks to the dinner, a bike rally and other fund-raisers, awarded $14,000 in scholarships to Indiantown students graduating in 2007 from
With the proper safeguards, he's allowed people with physical and 27
Monkee Shines the spin-off movie as Marcia Brady's heartthrob.
mental disabilities to ride his horses as part of their therapy.
His many stage roles include Jesus in London's Godspell.
"Everyone is disabled who's never learned to ride on a horse," he says. Meanwhile, Jones is busy completing paperwork to become a U.S. citizen.
In 1995, he and Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork taped a Pizza Hut commercial with Ringo Starr.
And though he's proud of his past as a Monkee, Jones doesn't want that to define his career or who he is.
He's writing songs and published a second edition of his autobiography, Davy Jones: Daydream Believin'.
"I don't want to throw away The Monkees and pretend I was never in it," he said. "It's part of my life. It's like the Mafia. Once you're in, you're in."
His talents shine in short stories, photography and poetry, too. "I don't want to talk about the past. I want to talk about the future. I would love to play in Oliver! at the Lyric Theatre. Funny enough, I'm talking right now with David Cassidy about working together and going out on the road."And with a grin, he says, "We'd call ourselves the ultimate idols."
With his four children now grown, the twice-divorced Jones has no plans to retire into oblivion. He hopes to again land roles in movies or a television series. He was a guest star on the television series The Brady Bunch as well as
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How Davy Changes Lives By Jan Chilton
Jan Chilton and Day Jones
I've always been crazy about Davy and the Monkees...from 10 years old, through all the Beatles years, the 80's Disco, and even now. Their music was always a part of my life. Davy was a the most beautiful man alive, who only existed in my dreams and on TV. Millions of other girls in the 60's felt the same way.
you were lucky if your parents took you to a theatre. It's not all that small of a town now, but still not a place you'd particularly want to live. I spent my childhood wandering in the woods, catching tadpoles, reading, and watching TV at night. At 10 years old, I was a kid out of the Waltons. And one night the television brought the Monkees to me.
I grew up in High Point, North Carolina...a world away from any Hollywood people. We didn't meet celebrities ever. In those days,
I wasn't yet old enough to be listening to the radio like a teenager. But I daresay, in 1966, pre31
Monkee Shines teens across the country suddenly went music crazy. I was as in love with these boys as any woman ever loved a man. Davy Jones put hormones into me that I didn't have a clue what to do with. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be Peggy and Jill, a couple of fans we know that grew up in Los Angeles and actually SAW Davy during that time. I'm not sure I could have survived it. (or if HE would have survived it...haha)
20's...always with Monkees songs by my side. I went from albums to 8-tracks to cassettes and eventually to cds. But they were always my main musical focus. When Daydream Believer is playing, all is right in the world, and nothing bad will ever happen. In 1987, a miracle occurred and the Monkees actually came to Chapel Hill North Carolina. I went to see them, sat miles from the stage with binoculars, and cried the entire time they were on stage. I'm not sure why...out of happiness that they really existed, perhaps, and out of sadness that Davy was still a world away from me and not just a man that I could
But he became my first love, and it never ended. I grew up, went into a delayed "Beatles" stage in my mid-teens, got out of high school, married, divorced, married again, went through my
Photo By Jan Chilton
Monkee Shines meet and marry. But seeing them just cemented my love for the music and for Davy once again.
Of course I couldn't afford a computer. That night I go home and see a commercial about Web TV, which was about $200. Working in a pawn shop, I tell my manager the next day to PLEASE buy a webtv if anyone came in with one for sale. Maybe 2 hours later, some guy walks in with one. (Can you see the miracle?) I got it, took it home and got online.
I packed up my cat and a few belongings and moved to Myrtle Beach, SC in 1991, when I was 35. Lots of reasons, but mostly because I felt drawn here and only content when I was here. I've never looked back, and made a great life 200 miles away from everything I'd ever known.
I wanted my user name to be LoveDavy, but it was taken. So I chose LuvDavy. I emailed the Lovedavy person to see which Davy she was in love with...LOL...and met a girl named Denise. She had a website! In the next few weeks she taught me how to make one. Of course, I wanted to tell the universe how much I loved Davy. I began the Davy Jones Worship Site, which would eventually become almost as well-known as his own site!
The Monkees reunion in 1997 came along, and like everything else, fate allowed me to win free tickets on the radio. I was barely paying my bills and probably couldn't have bought tickets without borrowing the money. As it was, they were nosebleed seats and I finally got up, walked down steps and up aisles, and ended up about 3 ft from the stage. Took photos and felt like it was all a miracle. That was NOTHING.
When the miracle occurred in 1999 and I met him, my whole life changed. He was doing an autograph thing in High Point! Wild isn't it? I don't think he's ever done another one since. It was for a Women's Club function. I actually drove back to nowhere from somewhere to see him.
I came back to work on cloud nine, and the store manager had gotten the internet on his computer. He's in there whooping about porno sites and I asked him to "SEARCH" (note that) for Monkees. They were all over the internet, Davy had a somewhat "official" (at the time) website, and I met Cindy Bryant, the PFG fanclub, and was REALLY excited. This was the day of guestbooks and forums, and bless her heart, Cindy answered my questions and tolerated my nutty excitement. She became as close of a friend as any real-life friends I've ever had.
Not only did I get to meet him, to speak to him, to sing along with him, but somehow I got the nerve up to ask for a kiss and got one. I came very very close to fainting, but if I had died then and there, I would have been happy. Since then, I've met him about 12 tiimes, and even spent several hours with him at a horse race in Charleston, SC with my friend. There are many of 33
Monkee Shines us who travel all over the US to meet and see him in concert. Hundreds of us have met online and formed friendships around our love for him.
David!, I also have a side business for myself, and work right at home on my computer. I never go to an office anymore...utter heaven. I have enough money now to travel about anywhere I want to go...to drive a car I want to drive, to live in a condo at the beach, and hopefully never have to work hard again.
After months of doing his website, I did one for the store, too. They liked it, and it brought them a bit of business. Fate took over yet again, Ebay came along, and I started dabbling with that. I ended up setting the pawn shop up on Ebay and having my own office with nothing much to do except surf the net.
I live the American Dream...and it's all thanks to a beautiful little Manchester lad named Davy Jones. How do you repay someone for a life change like this? I still keep his website around, do an occasional tribute like Davy Jones MySpace, and thank him every day of my life. He might still be a daydream, but Davy made a daydream believer out of me...:-)
Eventually I got into search engine forums and loved the challenge of trying to outthink Google. I got good at it, and was approached by a real estate agent...then more...and now I work for one guy who pays me more than most people ever think about making without a college education...and ANOTHER
Family gatherings in our fami-
By PFG Foreign Correspondent
Hazel Wilkinson ly are few and far between these days. I think the christening of Thalia Deborah was last. We sadly heard of the death of our dear Aunt Elizabeth (Betty), 95, in February. I went to Manchester for the funeral and niece, Beverly, met me. We went to the cemetery and had quite a surprise to see David waiting in the porch with Gerald and Geraldine. He had flown in from the USA overnight, had breakfast with them, and waited to pay his respects to our last Aunt, Mum’s youngest sister. We met up with cousins we hadn’t seen since Ken’s funeral and, although a sad occasion, it was nice to catch up with family news at the meal afterwards. David informed us he would be at Epcot in May and hoped we would be there. He said his goodbyes and was off to visit Annabel, Jessica, and Phoenix and he had a long journey ahead. Gerald visited the travel agent the next day and seats were booked. We flew out of Manchester May 11th to Orlando and couldn’t believe we got through customs pretty quickly … but getting out of the airport was another thing! Luggage had to be collectd then put on the carousel and had to board a monorail to another part of the airport then wait to pick it up again. I slipped into an empty lift, luggage in tow, the doors shut and up I went. No Gerald and Geraldine. I had visions of never being able to find them again. Pressing buttons frantically I finally got back to where I had left them standing amused! I made sure I was by their side
as we collected the car and before long we were being greeted by the family and band members. Aviva’s mum was so pleased to see us once again. We were all together in the apartment block but our key didn’t work so we were invited into Jessica’s room for a welcome cup of tea whilst Gerald sorted it out. Jessica and Annabel had friends with them and, of course, Phoenix who we hadn’t seen for ages. How he had grown! He was soon in our room hoping to find goodies Aunt Hazel had brought for him. David introduced us to Jessica Pacheco. They met when she was “Cinderella” and he was “Buttons” in January in Miami. We had to leave for Epcot each morning in convoy to get through security and David could be found rounding everyone up to waiting cars. There was always a crowd waiting for us to arrive and lots of familiar faces—such dedicated followers of D.J. and Band. The band members had changed but sounded great and David was in fine voice, very mobile. The audience loved him—over 1-500+ each show. I loved to waych their reaction and it fills me with pride. After each show they relaxed, had a meal, and we were able to have a quick look around as there wasn’t much time in-between each show. There was always a long que for the next. David changed outfits and the list of songs each show. We sat with family and friends of David and the band every show.
Monkee Shines One show a young man asked could he propose to his girlfriend and David was gracious to invite them onstage. Also two of the children from “Cinderella” joined him in a song. I was really shocked at the Mother’s Day concert when he called me up to jive with him. Not a pretty sight! Phoenix had sat by the side of the stage on the floor drumming away and David called him up on stage and asked him his name. He was not a bit shy and David said, “Do you know who I am?”” Phoenix said, “Hmm Hmm.” He was so funny. “Do you want to play drums with us?” “Hmm Hmm.” So he handed him to Philipe who settled him on his knee so he could be seen and he played along in time to “Valerie.” Jessica’s friend got up on stage to video it and Gerald got some good shots of it all. Each day we met at the pool, had lunch, relaxed some with the band, and entertained Phoenix and Jacob. On Mother’s Day, May 13th we had a family brunch and at the concert David gave out tee shirts that said “Davy knows your mother.” He sang especially for all the mums in the audience and especially for Aviva’s mum, “Once I Had A Secret Love,” a Doris Day song she loves. After every show we watched the fireworks and set off back to our rooms. We had an invite to join the Pachecos for a get together and they were friendly. We all got on well. David had an early call and was taken to MGM Studios to do a morning TV show aired on 40+ stations. One day the children were taken on a special tour of Disney and met Micky and Minnie and friends, They did Small World and other children’s attractions. US, seniors, set off on a tour at our own pace and did Pirates, Small World, Peter Pan, Space Mountain which Gerald videoed. That’s one crossed off my list I’ve never done. All too soon we were saying
goodby to the group. 15 shows at Epcot over for another year and no doubt for David a well earned rest. We had a great time and hopefully we will be back. We were off on a family holiday by the sea and enjoyed our special time together! Songs I’ll Love You Forever No Time Girl Let Them Be Little Valerie Stepping Stone Little Bit Me Nobody Vares About The Railroads Anymore I’m A Believer Papa Gene’s Blues Day Dream Believer Consider Yourself (Oliver) Is You Is She Hangs Out Wasted Days And Wasted Nights Secret Love Calamazan (Nat King Cole) Hippy Hippy Shake Nice To Be With You I think I’ve included all the songs David sang over 15 shows. PFG Foreign Correspondent
Monkee Shines Jeanette and Ken, How is life in Rockport, IlliNOISE? The Legendary PFG Hazel, We hear keeping up with the Joneses is getting harder and harder. A Go-Go dancer!!!!???? Can’t wait for the full report!
“Okay, I admit it...I’m addicted to cardboard! Sign me up for Boxes Anonymous!” Homeless Borgh
David…. What does the Caribbean have that the Mississippi doesn’t….besides Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom?! The Caribbean doesn’t have us! Hurry back to the mainland! The Gang
Happy Birthday Dr. Rock and Janet! Cindy and Bonnie PS/ We call them young and younger these days...but just between you and me, I’m feeling bloody old!
Micky! Thanks for the postcard...now where’s the form!? You get more points if you turn in your homework on time! Bonnie
Mr. Jones, Do we HAVE to do this all over again? You know if you write to the Iowa Chamber of Commerce they will be happy to send you all kinds of free information about Iowa...even a free road map so you will know exactly where we are. Don’t make us come get you!!!! You know who we are!
The PFG has the Seal of Approval! Ask Don Hurley! Petah Petah Petah...You, too, can earn points, win friends and influence people! Send in that form! The Gang
Colleen, Been to the Bottle Neck Blues Bar lately? I think you need to reconnect! Cindy
Where’s Mike!? Reward for information leading to the capture of the illusive Monkee!
Lockport IV????? We need a transfusion!
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June 8,2007 –Micky and Coco—A Taste of Summer Music Festival Waukesha County Expo Center 1000 Northview Road Waukesha, WI 53188
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Ex-Monkee Peter Tork sings the blues at benefit for homeless shelter By James Lomuscio Special Correspondent
April 27, 2007 NORWALK - Peter Tork made daydream believers last night out of about 300 supporters of the Norwalk Emergency Shelter. The former Monkee, from the hit 1960s TV show about a pop band, headlined the shelter's annual "Planting the Seeds of Hope" gala at Continental Manor. The event is the shelter's major fundraiser of the year, and it aimed to raise $150,000 for homeless services in the city. "There are always charities that we would like to help," Tork said while waiting to perform. "And the concept, the reason, the motivation for this one speaks for itself. Isn't it clear that there is a need?" David Cudiner, shelter board chairman, got Tork to perform through his friend David Fishoff, who had promoted the Monkees' reunion tours. The Monkees disbanded in 2002. "Without this type of fundraising, we certainly would not be able to help the homeless," said Carole Antonetz, executive director of the 95-bed shelter. "This helps with our operating expenses and goes directly to the homeless, helpVisit Peter at www.petertork.com for all the news 39
ing them to get back on their feet again." The shelter has an annual $2.12 million budget funded by the state Department of Social Services, the federal government and the city of Norwalk. Randy Napoletano, shelter board member in charge of fundraising, said the shelter's goal goes beyond providing emergency food and shelter, "but getting them into some kind of counseling and housing." "Your typical homeless person today is no longer just the patient out on the street," said Napoletano, a vice president at Norwalk Bank & Trust. "It's families, people you probably know." Affordable housing, he added, which is being incorporated into many of Norwalk's redevelopment projects, will be a major factor in stemming the rise of homelessness among families being priced out of Fairfield County. "Norwalk has done a great job pushing to get affordable housing, and we've always been above the state curve," he said. Still, he said, the need persists, making fundraising a priority. Although the reason for the gala was a sobering one, Napoletano added: "We want people to have fun in the process of raising money." Silent auction items included dinners at local restaurants, cigars, tickets to Red Sox and Yankee games, artwork and musical instruments, including a bass guitar signed by Tork. Tork said his repertoire for the evening would include some Monkees hits, as well as songs he plays with his new band, Shoe Suede Blues. He said the group "started out as a little blues band for charity groups in Southern California" before going national. At noon today, the group is scheduled to perform at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Tork's hometown.
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Monkee Business PAUL WHITELAW FOR MICHAEL NESMITH, IT'S been a long, strange trip. From his time in the first overtly manufactured pop group, the Monkees, to his early experiments with multi-media packaging, music video, and his quick realisation of the marketing possibilities of the internet, not to mention his involvement in the invention of both MTV and country-rock, Papa Nez has been at the vanguard of some of the biggest pop culture advances of the age. And yet all most people know about this Texan pioneer is that he was the Monkee with the green wool hat, and that his mother invented Tippex.
Rays is currently only available from iTunes, although it will soon be available in music shops. "For years stores were the first point of purchase, after radio introduced the music," he says. "That's all changed. Radio is shrinking as a sampling window, and many others are opening that spread the music further and faster. Acquisition of the music is quickest via the internet, then by online ordering, and finally the stores can make available the hard copy with its pictures and package and whatnot. Everyone still has their place, but the hierarchy has shifted. I am just following that."
Today this millionaire Renaissance man is as active as ever, despite the fact that his new album, Rays, is released a full 15 years after his last. In that time, however, he has written a novel, The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora, participated in a Monkees reunion - something most assumed he would never do and chaired his yearly Council on Ideas, at which some of the greatest modern thinkers converge upon his ranch to discuss the leading issues of the day. Reinforcing his belief that the web is fast becoming the most prevalent way to purchase music,
As it is, Rays is a surprising work, a mostly instrumental set of mutant new-age soundscapes which should come as a surprise to those more familiar with Nesmith's wonderful if underrated 1970s albums. There Nesmith honed the fusion of country and rock which he began on earlier Monkees albums, predating similar efforts by the Byrds and Gram Parsons. He rarely gets the credit he deserves. "Yes, but ideas like the emergence of a genre are tended by dozens of midwives. I was just one of many," he says modestly, 42
Monkee Shines a trait not often associated with the younger, more bullish Nesmith. The passing years have clearly brought about a good deal of perspective and reconciliation in this thoughtful, white-haired 63 -year-old, a far cry, both physically and temperamentally, from the lanky, waspish firebrand of the 1960s who once punched a hole in a wall, inches from ScreenGems magnate Don Kirshner's head, after the latter refused to let the Monkees play their own instruments. (Nesmith's revolt proved successful, and the band went on to make the best music of their career under their own auspices).
In the late 1970s Nesmith whose company Pacific Arts Audio produced cult movies such as Alex Cox's Repo Man among others - put together 56 half-hour top-40 shows called Popclips. He ultimately sold the format to Warners, who swiftly rebranded it as MTV. An achievement to be proud of? "I don't know," he shrugs. "I remember well the creation of MTV, how the idea occurred to me, very simply, and how it began slowly to create its own space. I had seen media of a smaller size at work in the Monkees, but nothing to compare with the scope of MTV. I am happy I moved on and didn't stay with MTV because I wouldn't have enjoyed that huge corporate environment. However, none of that detracts from the feeling of satisfaction at having been a part of it."
Although vilified at the time, the Monkees are today credited with creating some of the most delicious pop of the 1960s, something Nesmith is justifiably proud of. But for many years, as he carved out a critically lauded if commercially underwhelming solo career, he appeared loathe to discuss those times, often acting, bizarrely, as if they had never actually happened. But today he is more sanguine about the pre-fab four.
He went on to win a Grammy for his pioneering comedy and music -TV special Elephant Park and produced shorts for Saturday Night Live. He's not yet finished with the music video, however, something he'd like to see transcend its television boundaries. "The big screen, with big sound, is a great place to put many things besides screenplays, like music with moving pictures. I doubt that many of the early music videos would hold up here, but it's conceivable that a filmmaker familiar with cinema imperative could make something that would, and create something very popular. Music video is a
"The Monkees occupy a nice lower pasture in the fields of my mind," he says. "The 1960s hold many good memories for me: the Beatles, Hendrix [who famously supported the Monkees on tour in 1967], politics, a changing world. But they're memories, and really only seem to be small images on distant horizons, paths long travelled and left behind." 43
Monkee Shines potent art form, but it's still adolescent. I expect it will grow up into something more profound." Nesmith is working on another novel, The American Gene, and is considering an autobiography of sorts in graphic-novel form. Rays, however, looks set to be his last tangible album release. "Albums are relics of another age," he claims. "I'll likely release songs as I do them. I imagine a
consumer could wait until several were released, then put them together and call them an album, but that's a different story." Where this peripatetic trip will lead him, one can only wonder, but for Michael Nesmith the straight road will never be an option. â€˘ Rays is on www.apple.com/ itunes Visit www.videoranch.com for the latest on Nez
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