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The Monkees appeared on the NBC comedy program Laugh-In, hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, on October 6, 1969, five days before the release of the group's eighth album, The Monkees Present. In this clip, Micky, Davy, and Michael participate in the "Joke Wall" segment that was featured at the end of almost every episode of Laugh-In:
More clips of The Monkees' appearance on Laugh-In can be seen below:
(Micky, Davy, and Michael at :45 and 2:46 / Michael at 3:52)
Thank you very much to Live Almanac contributor Renny Simno for sharing these tributes to Peter Tork from the latest issues of Uncut and Mojo:
Check out these great scans of the original Colgems cassette for The Monkees' seventh album, 1969's Instant Replay, courtesy of longtime Monkees fan, collector, and author Ed Reilly:
Thanks a lot to Jeremy Roberts for sharing his recently published article on Medium about a stop on The Monkees' triumphant 45th Anniversary World Tour!
On May 4, Micky Dolenz and his band (Coco Dolenz, Wayne Avers, Rich Dart, John Billings, and Dave Alexander) performed at Haugh Performing Arts Center in Glendora, California. Thanks to Jason Cunningham for the set list, and to Lisa Golden for the photo!
That Was Then, This Is Now
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
Sometime in the Morning
Randy Scouse Git
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
Last Train to Clarksville
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
Me & Magdalena (sung by Micky and Coco)
Different Drum (Michael Nesmith - sung by Coco while Micky took a break)
Take a Giant Step
For Pete’s Sake (Dedicated to Peter Tork)
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane - sung by Coco while Micky took a break)
Daydream Believer (Dedicated to Davy Jones)
Pleasant Valley Sunday
Gimme Some Lovin’ (The Spencer Davis Group)
I’m a Believer
Throughout the month of April, Vincent Ferrito hosted the Monkees Music Tournament on Facebook. Consisting of 32 songs and multiple rounds of voting, "Pleasant Valley Sunday" ultimately prevailed and was announced as the winner on April 24.
Below are the images used to represent each song in the tournament, and as I told Vincent, I thought it would be nice to preserve his great artwork! You can also click on each image to listen to the track or watch a video for it:
More information from the Downtown Arts District Association:
The May DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop, “Dancing in the Streets” will include a tribute honoring the life of someone who spent quite a bit of time over the last two decades in this area of NC, The Monkees’ Peter Tork. Film, memorabilia, a scavenger hunt with prizes, a dance contest, music, yoga, theatre vignettes, a family art area, dark chocolate, a lot of tie dye, mismatched socks and a mauve tie or two will be in full force as some of Peter's favorite things!
Please come help us celebrate Peter’s life and contributions to the arts on the first Friday in May from 7-10 pm in the Winston-Salem Downtown Arts District.
"Love is understanding"
"Be a Hero unto yourself"
6 PM - 500/600 block of N. Trade from 5th to 7th Street, and Sixth Street from Cherry to Liberty closes for Hop.
7-10 PM - Hop Begins in the Winston-Salem Downtown Arts District
We will finish the Hop with a group sing of Monkees hits "Daydream Believer" and Tork's own composition "For Pete's Sake" which was the Monkees TV series closing theme.