In the fall of 1969, The Monkees television series premiered in syndication on CBS. Post Foods quickly conducted a cross-promotional exercise through their various cereal products like Alpha-Bits, Honeycomb, and Frosted Rice Krinkles by releasing Monkees cardboard singles that were printed onto the outside of the cereals' boxes.
Sometime in 1970, Post began a special offer for The Monkees Golden Hits, which collected all of the cereal box singles onto one exclusive vinyl LP that was unavailable in record stores. A coupon inside their cereal boxes advertised the album, which could be purchased for $1.50 and 2 box tops from any of the Post cereals.
Thanks a lot to Monkees collector Ed Reilly for sharing scans of the coupon found inside an Alpha-Bits box below:
Issued by The Monkees' label Colgems Records, The Monkees Golden Hits is hard to find nowadays in mint condition and is a sought-after collectible:
(The Monkees Golden Hits images courtesy of Monkee45s.net)
Thank you very much to Jeff Gehringer for sharing these great photos of Davy Jones and Monte Landis at the 1986 Los Angeles Monkees convention. Monte, of course, is well known to Monkees fans, appearing in seven different episodes of the television series, perhaps most notably in "The Devil and Peter Tork."
Michael Nesmith's book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, was issued in April 2017 in various formats, including hardback and Kindle editions, on iTunes, and as an audio download via Penguin Random House and Audible. And now, on April 17, 2018, Infinite Tuesday will arrive in paperback with a brand new cover:
The Monkees performed their very first concerts between December 1966 and May 1967, appearing at such venues as the Cow Palace in San Francisco and Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The photos below document their late 1966 rehearsal sessions.
These great color photos below are courtesy of Iris' Little Monkees Corner, and were originally published in the September 1967 issue of the German publication Teenbeat. Iris has a wonderful Monkees website featuring clippings and photos from German publications, and much, much more. Iris and I communicate via Twitter and the Live Almanac gives her website a full endorsement. Do be sure to swing by and give it a look!
In 2000, after issuing Michael Nesmith & The First National Band's first two RCA albums on compact disc, BMG/Camden continued to highlight Michael's solo career when they released both Nevada Fighter and Tantamount To Treason as a two-in-one CD package:
The BMG/Camden reissues of Michael's RCA albums are readily available on Amazon:
Magnetic South / Loose Salute
Nevada Fighter / Tantamount to Treason
And the Hits Just Keep on Comin' / Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash
A special event occurred on June 28, 1989 when all four Monkees were guests on The Mark & Brian Show on KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, California. The quartet sang "Papa Gene's Blues" and "Daydream Believer" live on the air with Peter playing acoustic guitar. Michael was present to hype his concert appearance with Micky, Davy, and Peter at the Universal Amphitheatre on July 9, an event that would coincide with The Monkees receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the next day.
Here's a photo from the KLOS appearance that I have never seen before, courtesy of the Live Almanac's friends at Written In Our Hearts on Facebook:
By 1970, The Monkees were comprised of Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, with Michael Nesmith having departed the group earlier in the year. Micky and Davy are only known to have made two appearances as a duo, the first in Philadelphia in May at a concert festival sponsored by radio station WFIL, and then in June on Upbeat, a syndicated musical variety show produced in Cleveland, Ohio. Scant details exist about these two appearances.
One of the revelations about The Monkees' activities in 1970 documented in Andrew Sandoval's book, The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation, was that Micky, Davy, and Peter Tork had performed on November 21, 1970 at the Valley REC Center in Van Nuys, California. The show itself was billed as "Freaky, Foxy, Funky Revival," but through the years, no set list, photographs, or further details have surfaced about this event.
And now thanks to Jim Tinder, we can see a preview of this mysterious appearance that was originally published in the Van Nuys Valley News on November 20, 1970. Thanks, Jim!
Micky and Peter, however, had performed together at least once before this gathering when they were joined by Coco Dolenz at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in September 1970. This performance was likely the first time Peter had been onstage with one of his former bandmates since his final live appearances as a member of The Monkees in Australia and Japan in late 1968. Years later while on tour with Peter in 2015, Micky shared the name of this impromptu group as DDT - Dolenz, Dolenz & Tork. At the time, Fave magazine had reported on the trio's unannounced show, saying it was "experimental" and "unique."
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