The Monkees completed production for their first and only motion picture, Head, with the filming of the "Circle Sky" concert scene at the Valley Music Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 17, 1968. They performed the Michael Nesmith original (seen below in video, complete with graphic images from the Vietnam War) several times for the cameras and the assembled crowd of four thousand fans.
Monkees fans are likely to recall Paris Stachtiaris, co-host of Headquarters ("The only radio show in America dedicated to The Monkees") that originally aired on 90.3 WBAU-FM, the radio station of Adelphi University in Long Island, New York, from 1987 to 1990. Cassette tapes of the program, which featured interviews with Monkees luminaries like Chip Douglas, Ward Sylvester, Jim Frawley, Coco Dolenz, Lester Sill, Monte Landis, Gerry Goffin, the individual Monkees themselves, and others, were frequently traded among fans in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In 2019 Paris returned, with co-host Ben Brown, producing a special in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock that aired on Labor Day Weekend that year on the HCS Radio Network. For that program, Paris and Ben's interviews included renowned rock photographer Henry Diltz, the official lensman of Woodstock who also has photographed The Monkees extensively since the 1960s.
Paris and Ben's latest project revolves around singer/songwriter Bert Sommer. Sommer received a standing ovation at the legendary 1969 Woodstock musical festival, yet today only a few music lovers know his name.
Bert's legacy, along with the story of his life through the voices of people who love the man and his music, is currently being recalled in a multipart series. Listen now at HCS Radio Network, and best of luck to Paris and Ben on their latest endeavor!
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