Micky Dolenz was among the directors who worked on Michael's Television Parts in 1985 on NBC.
The Live Almanac would like to pass on the news that Peg McManus, mother of Maggie McManus, former editor-in-chief of Monkee Business Fanzine, passed away yesterday.
I had the opportunity to meet Peg at a couple of different Monkees concerts over the years, and each time she was a pleasure to speak with and always smiling. In Atlantic City during the 2011 tour, I approached Maggie after the show to say hello, and then had a moment to say hi to Peg. I remember thinking that it seemed like Peg felt it was nice to meet some of the people who had subscribed to the fanzine, and to share in the enthusiasm of the moment. Peg asked me when I became a fan, how long I traveled to see the show that night, and smiled throughout our conversation. That conversation has stayed with me because it was a nice way to cap off a great show, speaking with Maggie and her mom who had both done so much for the Monkees community over the years.
Speaking of Peg's contribution to Monkees fans, Maggie put it best in her farewell letter that was published in the final issue of Monkee Business Fanzine in June 2002:
Peg wrote her own letter to Monkees fans in that same farewell issue. Here it is in remembrance and appreciation of her.
Famed lyricist Gerry Goffin appeared on the Headquarters radio program on WBAU-FM New York for an interview that aired on December 29, 1989. Goffin and his former songwriting partner (and ex-wife), Carole King, authored many classic Monkees songs, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Porpoise Song," "A Man Without a Dream," "Sometime in the Morning," "Star Collector," "Take a Giant Step," and "I Won't Be the Same Without Her." Michael Nesmith worked with Goffin and King in composing "Sweet Young Thing."
In this interview, hosts Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio speak with Gerry about a variety of subjects, including his early songwriting career, the Brill Building, Don Kirshner, writing with Mike Nesmith, the meanings behind "Pleasant Valley Sunday," the psychedelia of "Porpoise Song," and much more.
Gerry passed away this week at the age of 75.
Japan experienced the first rebirth of The Monkees in the 1980s even before Micky, Davy, and Peter reunited for the mega-successful 20th Anniversary Tour of North America in 1986. When "Daydream Believer" was used in a Kodak commercial in Japan in 1980, Monkeemania was rekindled as the television show returned to the airwaves and Monkees albums were reissued, causing them to chart in that country once again.
Here's the first version of the picture sleeve used for "Daydream Believer" in Japan that year. Totally '80s! (A second version was later issued which featured The Monkees in their directors chairs below the photo of the girl with the mobile phone.)
Thanks to Al Bigley for the heads up! Take note of Peter's response about the group breaking up...
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