We'll consider Davy's vacation headgear as a New Year's hat…enjoy the evening.
Jim Frawley directed 28 episodes of The Monkees television series. In 1967, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for the episode "The Royal Flush."
More fun than a barrel full of Monkees, “retired” director Jim Frawley still projects passion for free-spirited TV and film
"Love Is Only Sleeping," a stellar track written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil from The Monkees' fourth album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., was nearly issued as a single until someone thought the lyrics were a bit too suggestive for radio.
The following month Monkees Monthly reported on delayed tapes and the official sides of the next single, which turned out to be "Daydream Believer" and "Goin' Down."
Read more about what instruments The Monkees used on the Live Almanac's Instruments & Gear page.
A big thanks to Monkees author and collector Ed Reilly for sharing a great piece from his personal collection. This is the extremely rare postcard sent out by The Monkees' fan club in early 1970, urging fans to get behind what turned out to be the group's last original single, "Oh My My." The Monkees' fanbase had shrunk considerably by this time, and the song received limited airplay and suffered even worse sales figures. Debuting on the Billboard chart on June 6, 1970 at #99, it peaked at #98 the following week.
Note how the song is mistitled in the body of the postcard's message (as "Oh My, Oh My"). Thanks again, Ed!
This article, from the September 1967 issue of Tiger Beat, discusses Micky's pre-Monkees band, The Missing Links. For easier reading, click on each image to enlarge.
A couple of days ago I made some updates and changes to the 'Categories' list here on the blog which makes it easier to search for archived posts. I have just completed another round of additions.
New blog categories include the following: 1995 Platinum Awards Ceremony, Artwork & Illustrations, Billboard Live 1996, Frank Zappa, Henry Diltz, Jack Nicholson, Jimi Hendrix, Monkees in 1970, Pacific Arts, Rainbow Room and Stand-Ins.
Don't forget that the Live Almanac also has a search function, which can be found at the bottom of each page on this website.
Check out this video that talks about the wild party days in Laurel Canyon, California in the 1960s with Micky, Peter, Mama Cass Elliott, Harry Nilsson, Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, John Lennon and more. (Be sure to watch the entire video as there is Monkees content throughout.) Micky, Henry Diltz and Samantha Juste are featured sharing their recollections of the time period. You'll also see Micky show off some 'basement tapes' from his personal collection that preserves some of the jamming that occurred at his house during this era.
The Monkees, or their stand-in dummies that is, get torn to shreds after performing "Circle Sky" live in Salt Lake City during filming for Head. Jack Nicholson, of course, co-wrote and co-produced The Monkees' only feature film.
Jeff Gehringer, a frequent contributor to the Live Almanac blog, wrote this review of the November 1996 Billboard Live club show that was designed to promote the Justus album. The piece originally appeared in the December 1996 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine. For easier reading, click on each image to enlarge.
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