Here are The Monkees during the recording sessions for their third album, Headquarters:
Famed studio musician Louis Shelton, who played the famous guitar lick on "Last Train to Clarksville" and was featured on numerous Monkees songs in the 1960s, guested with Micky, Peter, and the band last night during the group's final show of their 50th Anniversary Tour in Gold Coast, Australia.
Andrew Sandoval marked the occasion in a message on Facebook:
A cool moment featuring the wonderful Louie Shelton, a Candy Store Prophet and a key component of the Boyce & Hart sound. What was really a thrill was how Micky & Peter performed "Last Train To Clarksville" tonight, like they were doing it for the first time in 1966. This was in fact the first time they had ever performed with the man who played guitar on so many of their classic recordings from 1966-1969.
Of note, this is the song they've played the most since they started performing in December 1966 (pre-"I'm A Believer"). We shared so much great history this year, and this along with the appearances of Michael and hearing Davy's voice every night brought home that there is still very much a real group called The Monkees.
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart's "Gonna Buy Me a Dog" played a key role in the episode, and this article highlights an attempt Michael Nesmith made at the song when he produced a backing track for it on July 7, 1966 at RCA Hollywood. That session featured multiple guitarists including Peter Tork, along with Wrecking Crew aces Glen Campbell, James Burton, Al Casey, and Jim Helms. The bassist was Bill Pitman, while Hal Blaine played drums and Billy Preston handled organ duties.
Nesmith's backing track never received a vocal and went unheard until 2006 when it was released on a deluxe edition of The Monkees' debut album. Boyce & Hart later cut their own (drastically different) version, and it was this take that was ultimately included on The Monkees.
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the recording of "Your Auntie Grizelda, " Peter Tork's lone showcase on The Monkees' second album, More of The Monkees. The song was recorded at American Recording Company on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, California on October 14, 1966, and Andrew Sandoval wrote about the session (which also included work on "Hold on Girl") in his book, The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation:
A big thanks to Tony White for submitting this photo of The Monkees during recording sessions for Justus.
Thanks to Donna Marino Snyder for sharing this video footage of Micky on Facebook. It was filmed at last weekend's Northeast Comic Con at Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
Thanks to JD McCutcheon of Monkee45s for sharing this with the Live Almanac!
A look at Adam Schlesinger: "How The Go-To Guy For Writing Fictional Music Ended Up Producing The New Monkees Album"
The Fountains of Wayne bassist and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend music supervisor talks working with the Monkees for their 50th anniversary
This is a fantastic piece written by Rolling Stone Associate Editor Andy Greene who provides a behind the scenes look at the making of The Monkees' upcoming album, Good Times! The article ends with a discussion about Michael Nesmith's absence from the current 50th Anniversary Tour:
I get up to leave, but Nesmith stops me because he wants the fans to know one last thing: "Reassure the people they can expect to see me out there at some point."