The legendary Chuck Berry, guitarist, singer, and songwriter, passed away on March 18, 2017. Micky Dolenz sang Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" while auditioning for The Monkees in 1965.
Years later, Micky reimagined the song on his 2012 solo album, Remember:
In 1994 during the Together Again tour with Davy Jones, Micky performed another Berry classic, "Too Much Monkey Business." Here's a live recording of it, courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel:
Jerry Blavat, "The Geator with The Heater" and "The Boss with the Hot Sauce," is a longtime disc jockey and Philadelphia icon who appeared in the second season episode, "Some Like It Lukewarm."
The Monkees aired on NBC from 1966-1968. The official Davy Jones Facebook page posted the following message earlier this morning:
UPDATE 2/17/17: It appears that The Monkees television series will be showcased during NBC's television special this Sunday evening, February 19:
Kelly Jean Peters guest starred in one of the most fondly remembered episodes of The Monkees when she appeared as Fern in "Too Many Girls" during the show's first season. In this airing of the Headquarters radio program from 1990, Peters talks about working with The Monkees, Reta Shaw (who also co-starred in "Too Many Girls"), her acting career, as well as her role alongside Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man.
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.
(Screenshot courtesy of the Sunshine Factory)
This highlight from the first season of The Monkees aired 50 years ago tonight on NBC. The article also examines The Monkees' comments at the end of the show regarding the Sunset Strip riots (an event referenced later by Michael Nesmith in the song "Daily Nightly").
And check out all of the Gretsch gear below that was prevalent throughout this episode!