During the 1960s, The Monkees filmed several commercials as a quartet and also as a trio. At one point, Kellogg's sponsored The Monkees television show and Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter starred in a series of Rice Krispies commercials. The ads were shot while The Monkees were filming on location as well as on the set of their TV show. Davy and Michael were also featured in an ad for Yardley's Black Label cologne.
When The Monkees debuted in reruns on CBS in the fall of 1969, Kool-Aid acted as a sponsor. With Peter no longer a member of the group, Micky, Davy, and Michael filmed a variety of clips for Kool-Aid in the desert outside of Palm Springs, California and, in early 1970, at an amusement park in San Diego, California.
The video below compiles all of these classic Monkees commercial spots:
Kool-Aid acted as a commercial sponsor when The Monkees television series debuted in reruns on CBS in the fall of 1969.
Micky, Mike, and Davy filmed a Kool-Aid commercial in February 1970 at a San Diego amusement park. Photos of Micky and Davy driving bumper cars will later appear on the back cover of Changes.
Here's WWE personality The Miz starring in a new ad for Domino's Pizza, featuring a quick Monkees mention. Thanks to Rick Quetta for the heads up!
Yardley Black Label (1966)
Kellogg's (1966 - 1967)
Kellogg's (1967 - 1968)
Pizza Hut with Ringo Starr (1995)
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 a lot to Tony for submitting this video recommendation to the Live Almanac!
"Star Collector" was a longtime feature in Monkee Business Fanzine. Monkees collector and author Ed Reilly would break down a wide range of memorabilia, including everything from toys, records, and much more. In this column, Ed examines memorabilia from 1969/1970, which included a sponsorship change from Kelloggs to Post, the rare Golden Hits album, Corgi Monkeemobiles, Kool-Aid/Nerf cross-promotions and more.
Filming a Kool-Aid commercial was tough work in those days! This was one of the last photos taken of the Monkees trio and most likely Michael Nesmith's final Monkees project during the group's original incarnation.
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