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423.  What musical company provided the guitars and drums for the group as part of an advertising tie-in? Fender Ludwig Hoffner Gretsch Hoping to literally cash in on the popularity of the Monkees Gretsch produced a limited run of Monkees Signature Model 6123 painted in bright red. What they found out was that the people that were watching the show (pre-teens) weren’t going to buy a limited edition professional guitar. Neither were “serious” musicians who wouldn’t be caught dead playing anything that smacked of the pop-oriented music of the Pre-Fab Four. Aside from singing to tracks laid down by uncredited studio musicians none of the Monkees were allowed to play their own instruments for their first two albums. (Peter did contribute guitar on “Papa Gene’s Blues” for their first album The Monkees. To prove to the producers that they had the ability to play their own instruments the four band members insisted that they go on tour where they would have to play live. 424.  Which musician and eventual Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played seven shows with the group as their opening act during their 1967 tour? Jimi Hendrix Eric Clapton

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