I first heard "Love to Love" in 1986 after purchasing the Monkee Business picture disc album, and it's always been a favorite of mine.
The song, composed by Neil Diamond, was originally produced by Jeff Barry in early 1967 during the period of heightening tensions between The Monkees and musical supervisor Don Kirshner. Barry oversaw the session which laid down the instrumental track for this song (and others) while The Monkees were on the road performing their first concerts as a live act. When Kirshner was sacked shortly thereafter and The Monkees attained complete artistic control of their music output, "Love to Love" languished in the vaults. It wasn't until the summer of 1969, when The Monkees television series was now in reruns and there was a demand for new songs to be supplied for the rebroadcasts that "Love to Love" was brought back to life. Davy added a vocal to the track in August 1969 but the song ultimately was never used for any reruns of the show.
"Love to Love" first saw release on the 1979 Australian hits compilation Monkeemania and has since been made available on various Rhino releases. This is a stereo remix completed by Andrew Sandoval for the Headquarters deluxe edition in 2007.
Published in the wake of Monkeemania II in 1986, The Monkees Scrapbook is a familiar piece of memorabilia from the 1980s. This publication, along with Eric Lefcowitz's Monkees Tale, was a go-to resource for Monkees loyalists new and old during the 20th Anniversary reunion. A key selling point was the inclusion of a complete Monkees discography, though time has proven it to be somewhat inaccurate (while Andrew Sandoval's book is the ultimate reference for this information today).
Featuring biographies, trivia, pictures, '86 tour dates, and an interview with Michael Nesmith, The Monkees Scrapbook is a fun time warp back to 1986.
The Bell House presents an exclusive preview of this new, feature length documentary telling the remarkable story of the 1960's duo Boyce & Hart who created the sound of The Monkees, scored hit after hit and somehow helped change the national voting age to 18 in the process. Special fundraiser with Bobby Hart, Rachel Lichtman (director/writer/producer), Andrew Sandoval (writer/producer) & surprise guests IN PERSON! (90 mins; Director: Lichtman)
Featuring comedian and entertainment personality Stan Freberg...
If you haven't checked out the Gear page lately, I've added a few more pictures to various sections of the page. You'll see some additional shots of Micky's Slingerland drum kit, Peter's Ode banjo, Michael's black Gibson, and more. Check out the Gear page here.
Steve Pitts was a friend of Michael Nesmith's from Texas in the years before The Monkees. He later co-wrote several songs with Davy, including "Dream World," "The Poster," "Smile," "Party," "I'm Gonna Try," "Changes," and "War Games." This article comes from the February 1968 issue of Tiger Beat.
Sad to hear that Steve Pitts passed away in January 2017 in Austin, Texas, as announced by the official Davy Jones Facebook page:
Davy's Facebook page provided further information about Mr. Pitts regarding his career after working with Davy and The Monkees:
Steve graduated from law school in 1973, and practiced briefly in Galveston before relocating to Austin, where he was in practice for several decades.
"Mike & Micky Show" in 2019