There is a new Facebook group that is in the early stages of spreading awareness in many different circles for an achievement that is long overdue: the induction of The Monkees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Show your support by clicking the image below and joining the group:
On the latest episode of Zilch the executive producer of Good Times!, Rhino's John Hughes, spoke with host Ken Mills. Here's a quick rundown of their conversation:
Be sure to click the Zilch banner above to listen to the latest episode, including a panel discussion centered around The Monkees' new single.
It’s almost comical to compare The Monkees’ legacy to other certified members of the Hall of Fame. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts? Ringo Starr (solo)? Donna Summer?
Tour after tour, the Monkees keep rolling on,well into their 70s. That’s more than just nostalgia at play, although audience memories are clearly part of the group’s jet fuel circa 2016.
That means entrance into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is long overdue.. Gulp hard, voters, and admit reality.
Micky on The Monkees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:
"I’ve never been one to chase awards or anything like that; it’s never been very important to me. I was very proud to win an Emmy for The Monkees, having come out of television as a kid. When we won the Emmy for best TV show in ’66 or ‘67 that was a huge feather in my cap.
But I’ve never chased that kind of stuff. I’ve never done a project and thought, 'What do I do here to win an award?' Specifically as far as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame I’ve been very flattered that the fans and people have championed The Monkees. Very flattered and honored that they do.
If you know anything about the organization, and I’ve done charity work for the foundation, the Hall of Fame is a private club.
It’s like a private country club. It’s not a democratic popular vote in any sense. It’s literally these three or four guys got together and said we’re gonna start a private club and call it the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and we’re gonna have in that club whoever we want and we’re not gonna have anyone in that club who we don’t want. (laughs)
It’s like a country club and they have the right to do that; that’s their prerogative. That’s their private club. That’s kind of how I feel about it."
Thanks for the great response to the Live Almanac's poll asking whether The Monkees will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 77% of respondents believe the group will eventually make their way into the institution.
You can read more about The Monkees and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here, and don't forget to vote in the new poll in the blog sidebar to the right: "What are your three favorite songs from the 1969 Monkees album Instant Replay?"
Micky, Michael, and Peter accepted the honor during this afternoon's festivities at the Monkees Convention in New Jersey. Visit the American Pop Music Hall website for more information.
Here's a story from a while back that has not been posted on the blog. I'd like to thank representatives from Goldmine magazine for contacting the Live Almanac to make sure the fanbase was aware that the longtime music magazine honored The Monkees as one of the first inductees into their Hall of Fame.
The Monkees also recently topped the public vote for the Pop Music Hall of Fame.
So, Cleveland, what are you waiting for?
Below you will find Goldmine's summary for The Monkees' entry into their hall of fame (and their criteria for admission can be found here).
Here's another recent commentary on why The Monkees should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
Over the last several years, the amount of support displayed for The Monkees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seemingly grown beyond the group's loyalists. A series of articles have appeared online taking the viewpoint that admission of The Monkees into the hall is long overdue. Most recently in May, Howard Stern took a few moments during his radio program to voice support for this notion.
Time jumped into the debate last year with this article, Hey, Hey Let Them In: 10 Reasons The Monkees Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Look for more pieces written in support of The Monkees on this topic in future blog posts.