Diltz will be on hand to provide color commentary between songs, reminiscing about his hippie days in the canyon, where talented musicians converged from all over North America in the sprawling homes of “Mama” Cass Elliot, the den mother they considered the Gertrude Stein of folk-rock; Frank Zappa, who lived for a time in the grand log cabin that once belonged to cowboy actor Tom Mix; and the Monkees’ Peter Tork, whose hillside home had orange walls and huge picture windows.
Spot Henry in the reflection of Micky's sunglasses!
Micky traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii on December 26, 1967 to vacation at Monkees producer Chip Douglas's parents' house. This article was originally published in the April 1968 issue of Tiger Beat.
The July 1995 issue of Television Chronicles magazine featured an extensive article written by Bill Groves about The Monkees television series, and also included an interview with legendary rock and Monkees photographer Henry Diltz.
A photo from this session appeared in the 1969 Monkees tour program:
The Monkees Live Almanac would like to wish a very happy birthday to rock and Monkees photographer extraordinaire Henry Diltz, who was born on this day in 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Henry is also a musician, and is perhaps most famously known for being a member of the Modern Folk Quartet. While a member of MFQ, Diltz became interested in photography, met The Monkees, played on some of their recording sessions, and took numerous photographs of the group. Henry was the official photographer at Woodstock, as well as the Monterey Pop Festival, and has photographed numerous album covers, including Morrison Hotel (The Doors) and the debut LP from Crosby, Stills & Nash.
This blog has an entire category dedicated to Henry, with plenty of great stories and articles. Oh, and Henry, if you are reading, how about a photo book centered around your rare photographs of The Monkees to celebrate the group's 50th Anniversary next year?!
Check out Henry Diltz (on banjo), Chip Douglas (on bass), and company performing on the music variety show in 1965. That's Monkees session drummer Eddie Hoh on drums.
They are performing "Come On In," a song Peter tackled in 1968 as a member of The Monkees:
"One day in 1968 in Laurel Canyon I made myself some special Virgo love beads. There were seven blue and seven white with one red one at the very end. I wore them the next day on The Monkees film set and right away Davy Jones asked me if I would make some for him. Then the camera man wanted some. Holy cow, these were my special personal love beads! Soon the teenybopper magazines were advertising Monkees Love Beads and selling packets... 'string em yourself.' At least they never knew about the one red bead at the end..."
In a recent Facebook post, Henry Diltz recalled the Gene Clark Group, featuring Chip Douglas, who would later become The Monkees' producer in the recording studio:
"The Gene Clark group outside the Whiskey A Go Go in 1966 (my first year photographing). L to R: Chip Douglas (a.k.a. Douglas Hatlelid), my bandmate from the MFQ, Bill Rinehart, guitarist and surfer, Gene Clark, former Byrd, Joel Larsen, drummer and driver. A short-lived but cool group."
Read about Henry's travels with The Monkees during their 1967 summer tour in this article from the November 1967 issue of Tiger Beat. (Click each image to enlarge.)
This message appeared today on Henry's Facebook page:
"California Dreamin': The Sounds of Laurel Canyon 1965-1977" was held at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on May 9, 2014. The panel consisted of 7 members of the music industry who discussed "The remarkably rich sounds of Laurel Canyon and the sheer number of songwriters, bands, producers, artists, engineers, and record company people who have lived and worked out of Laurel Canyon." Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli noted the impetus behind the event. "We felt it was important to tell that story, right here in our hometown. Laurel Canyon was as much a mindset as it was a music scene," Santelli said.
The panelists were:
1. Henry Diltz - Rock Photographer
2. Joel Larson - Grass Roots
3. Micky Dolenz - The Monkees
4. Danny Hutton - Three Dog Night
5. Gail Zappa - Frank Zappa's wife
6. Harvey Kubernik - Music journalist
7. Art Podell - The New Christy Minstrels
Check out this video that talks about the wild party days in Laurel Canyon, California in the 1960s with Micky, Peter, Mama Cass Elliott, Harry Nilsson, Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, John Lennon and more. (Be sure to watch the entire video as there is Monkees content throughout.) Micky, Henry Diltz and Samantha Juste are featured sharing their recollections of the time period. You'll also see Micky show off some 'basement tapes' from his personal collection that preserves some of the jamming that occurred at his house during this era.
This article originally appeared in the March 1968 issue of Tiger Beat's Monkee Spectacular. For easier reading, click on each image and then click on it again.
This comes from Harold Bronson's book, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees. For easier reading, click on the article and then click on it again.
In the photo below, Micky joins Buffalo Springfield onstage on July 31, 1967 at Big Top Historyland in Old Hayward, Wisconsin.
This photo was taken on the Columbia Ranch in Burbank, California during filming of the "Monkees Race Again" episode in December 1967.