On the set of The Monkees television series, Peter, Micky, Davy, and Mike each had someone to assist them in the production of the show, whether it be pre-filming rehearsal shots for the camera crew or even working as extras in the background of an actual scene. The original stand-ins for The Monkees were David Pearl, Ric Klein, David Price, and John London.
David Pearl: David was a friend of Mike's from Texas who eventually moved to California and became involved in the Monkees project. Pearl was hired as Peter's stand-in on the television show and was often seen as an extra on many episodes of The Monkees. He also became good friends with Davy and went on to co-manage the group throughout 1969. David's last appearance at a Monkees event was in August 1988 at a Monkees convention in Chicago, Illinois. He currently works in Texas as a recording engineer.
Ric Klein: Ric was Micky's stand-in and can be seen frequently in the background or as an extra on the TV series. He also acted as stage manager for The Monkees when the group was on tour. Like Micky, he was a child actor who appeared on Broadway and acted in several television shows and westerns. Ric was the best man when Micky married Samantha Juste in July 1968. He also co-wrote "Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye" with Micky, a song that appeared on The Monkees Present album in 1969. Ric passed away in the early 2000s.
David Price: Another friend of Mike's before The Monkees, Price was Davy's stand-in on the TV show and he also traveled with The Monkees during their concert tours. Beyond numerous cameos on the show as an extra, you can also spot David playing drums during "Little Darlin'" on the 1969 Monkees television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. In 1969, Price became a member of the band Blue Mountain Eagle. The group released a lone album for Atlantic Records in 1970 (which is downloadable on iTunes and Amazon). He was seen in pictures taken at the private memorial for Davy Jones held at Samantha Juste's house after Davy passed away.
John London: A friend of Mike's in the pre-Monkees era, John accompanied Mike to Los Angeles to try their hand at the music scene. He later became Mike's stand-in on the television series and would occasionally play bass guitar on Monkees recordings. London also co-wrote "Don't Call on Me" with Nez, which appeared on The Monkees' fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. After The Monkees, Mike asked John to join him in the First National Band. He passed away in 2000.
Bruce Barbour: In 1967, John London joined the Lewis & Clarke Expedition, a country rock group that also included Michael Martin Murphey, an old friend of Mike's and the songwriter responsible for "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" Mike's brother-in-law, Bruce, replaced John as Mike's stand-in on The Monkees during the second season. Barbour went on to become a respected Hollywood stunt man.
Ric Klein co-wrote "Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye" with Micky Dolenz:
David Price can be heard as the lead vocalist on "Feel Like a Bandit," a song from the only Blue Mountain Eagle album:
In 1968, the Lewis & Clarke Expedition, featuring John London, appeared on I Dream of Jeannie and in the film For Singles Only:
Here's a key Lewis & Clarke Expedition song, "Blue Revelations":
John London co-wrote "Don't Call On Me" with Nez. The song appeared on The Monkees' fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.: