The Monkees perform "When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door" 2011
Davy Jones passed away four years ago on February 29, 2012. The Live Almanac salutes the Manchester Cowboy and wishes he was still with us. Thanks, Davy, for all the memories.
"While I Cry," written by Michael Nesmith and recorded in January 1968, is one of my favorite Monkees songs. It was featured on The Monkees' 1969 album Instant Replay.
"It has kind of a rolling guitar intro," Michael told Andrew Sandoval. "It's slow. It's a ballad. It's me playing guitar, a guitar lick that I was just foolin' around with and wrote a song around the lick. Not an uncommon move."
The Monkees are seen here wading through the crowd in Salt Lake City, Utah during the filming of the "Circle Sky" sequence for their 1968 feature film, Head:
Monkees Monthly was a British magazine published by Beat Publications between February 1967 and September 1969. Subscriptions were available to those outside of the UK, and each issue (led by editor Jackie Richmond) contained rare black and white photos, exclusive features, news, a mailbag, and more.
Every issue of Monkees Monthly also contained a news update, and this one, from September 1968, is particularly interesting. Take note of the original plan to tour Australia, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, and Hawaii in late 1968. In the end, only concerts in Australia and Japan were scheduled.
You will also notice the report of "Daddy's Song" as a single in the UK, along with the misspelling of Harry Nilsson's name!
Rhino's John Hughes, who is the executive producer of the upcoming Monkees album, Good Times!, shared this message on Facebook:
"14 songs. 10 days. A lifetime of special memories and music. Much peace and love to Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Adam Schlesinger for making dreams come true. Good times, indeed."
Andrew Sandoval also remarked about the sessions on Facebook:
"It was a lot of fun being in the studio this past week with Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork & Michael
Nesmith + an incredible host of midwifes: Adam Schlesinger, Peter Min & John Hughes.
Good Times are coming."
Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval, who is also producing this year's 50th Anniversary Tour, made the following remarks on Facebook today regarding the new Monkees album, set for release this June:
"There are a lot of tracks that feature all three singing and playing, but this is not a Justus style album where they spent months learning the songs. Frankly, I think the results are more personally enjoyable as a Monkees fan. This actually sounds like a Monkees album with a ton of great songs on it. It doesn't attempt to be contemporary- something that makes Pool It! & Justus sound very dated now. The original Monkees sound is now really timeless, and this album has that quality."
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