The Monkees visited the historic Ryman Auditorium when they were guests on The Johnny Cash Show on July 19, 1969. The trio sang Michael Nesmith's "Nine Times Blue" in an appearance that was filmed earlier that May.
In the latest Zilch podcast, Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval and Rhino producer John Hughes preview the upcoming Monkees Blu-ray set and reveal for the first time in-depth details about its contents. The duo discuss the restoration process of The Monkees' television series, recent film discoveries (promised to shock even the most hardcore Monkees fan, and including the full uncut performance of "Listen to the Band" from 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee), outtakes from Head, and more. Andrew also relays that a promo video for "Randy Scouse Git" produced by Top of the Pops in the United Kingdom has been discovered (unseen since its original airing in 1967), and that it will be one of the many bonuses included in the package (along with The Monkees' appearances on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and The Johnny Cash Show in 1969).
There's much more information to be heard from this interview, and I've tweeted some highlights on the Live Almanac's Twitter account. Click on the image below for this must-listen podcast! And thanks to the Zilch team for a job well done.
UPDATE 11/3/2015: You can now read a detailed overview of this interview with Monkees Blu-ray producers
Andrew Sandoval and John Hughes.
The Monkees will perform this evening at the Ryman Auditorium on the same stage where this guest appearance on The Johnny Cash Show was filmed in May 1969. (Mike, Micky, and Davy sang Mike's own "Nine Times Blue.") Of note, portions of the Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. album were also recorded in Nashville, along with treasured Monkees cuts like "Listen to the Band." Be sure to check out this great article detailing the history the group has with the city.
The trio was joined by Johnny Cash after their performance of "Nine Times Blue" for a comedic take of "Everybody Loves a Nut," originally featured on Cash's 1966 novelty album.
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