The Monkees Pad Show has returned with a very special episode that features the final interview with a member of The Monkees' extended family, Keith Allison.
On November 17, 2021, Mr. Allison passed away from natural causes in California at the age of 79. Keith was a friend of Michael Nesmith's from Texas who acted as a session musician on several Monkees recordings, including "Auntie's Municipal Court," "Zor and Zam," "D.W. Washburn," "Rosemarie," the studio version of "Circle Sky," and "Through the Looking Glass."
Mr. Allison composed "Auntie's Municipal Court" with Nez, and this enduring track from The Monkees' fifth album, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees, was performed at every stop on the 2021 Monkees Farewell Tour. "I came up with the intro and I played two guitars on the track - one tuned down a full step," recalled Allison in an interview with Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval. "We broke for lunch and Mike had written most of the lyrics. He said, 'I'd better call Micky [Dolenz],' and he came down from Horseshoe Canyon and did the vocal right then and there. We finished the whole thing in one afternoon."
Ultimately enjoying a prolific career in music, Mr. Allison appeared on recordings by Sonny & Cher, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, and many others. Keith also toured with Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart in the mid-1970s and played on the group's eponymous album.
Enjoy this interview with Keith Allison via the link below, and be sure to follow The Monkees Pad Show on Facebook and Twitter!
Monkees fans in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas: a special treat is coming to a drive-in theater near you!
On Sunday, August 14, 2022, Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton, Pennsylvania is hosting "Mahoning Monkeemania," a one night only celebration of The Monkees that will include screenings of two episodes of The Monkees television series along with the group's 1968 feature film, Head.
Check out the press release below, show your interest on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to reserve your tickets early!
Thanks much to Mark Nelson, the general manager of The Mahoning Drive-In Theater, for alerting the Live Almanac about this unique event.
Mahoning MONKEE-MANIA (Monkees Fan Event + HEAD on 35mm)
Here they come… on the big screen!
In 2000, Davy Jones self-published Daydream Believin', an update to his well-received 1987 autobiography They Made a Monkee Out of Me.
Throughout the late 1980s, Davy undertook numerous book signing tours and made multiple television appearances to promote his original book, and that tradition continued when Daydream Believin' arrived in the first year of the new century.
Last month, the publisher Book's Mind reissued Daydream Believin' in both paperback and hardcover editions, featuring a new introduction by Ann Moses, the editor of Tiger Beat from 1966–1972 who wrote countless stories about The Monkees during their heyday.
Links to order your copy can be found below, and don't forget to follow Davy's official Facebook page!
Micky Dolenz Live!
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart returns
50th Anniversary Editions