The Monkees performed in front of a sold-out audience of over 17,000 at the historic Hollywood Bowl on June 9, 1967. Just five days earlier, The Monkees had attended the 19th Primetime Emmy Awards where the group's television series took home two awards, including 'Outstanding Comedy Series.'
After this concert, The Monkees recorded "Pleasant Valley Sunday" in the studio, which became their smash hit during the Summer of Love.
After the passing of his mother, a young Davy Jones apprenticed with Newmarket, Suffolk, England horse trainer Basil Foster in the early 1960s as he pursued a career as a jockey. Foster mentored Davy, and by some twist of fate, eventually encouraged him to pursue the role of the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver! in London's West End. "Basil insisted I went, and I just cried," Davy remembered many years later. "I wanted to be a jockey. But he said 'You’re going! Come back when you’re famous.'"
Davy called Basil 'The Guv’nor' and maintained a close relationship with him all the way up to Davy's death in 2012, even bringing Foster to the United States and caring for him in his later years. "He was like a second father to me," said Davy.
Basil Foster passed away in 2013.
Jon Andersen directed two episodes of The Monkees, "The Christmas Show" and "The Wild Monkees," and was assistant director for a multitude of episodes throughout the first and second seasons, and for the movie Head.
Listen to Davy Jones as he talks about his career in 1977, including his club act with Micky Dolenz, on KRUX in Phoenix, Arizona, a station he had visited 10 years earlier with The Monkees.
Japan experienced the first rebirth of The Monkees in the 1980s even before Micky, Davy, and Peter reunited for the mega-successful 20th Anniversary Tour of North America in 1986. When "Daydream Believer" was used in a Kodak commercial in Japan in 1980, Monkeemania was rekindled as the television show returned to the airwaves and Monkees albums were reissued, causing them to chart in that country once again. Demand for The Monkees was so high in Japan that Micky, Davy, and Peter all toured the country individually between 1981 and 1982, playing to near-hysterical audiences. Thanks to everyone at Written In Our Hearts for alerting fans to this YouTube footage from the early 1980s.