The Monkees experienced a resurgence in Japan in the early 1980s. As a result, three of The Monkees (Micky, Davy, and Peter) toured the country as solo acts in 1981 and 1982. The demand for The Monkees was so high that the television series was aired daily and original albums were re-released. The 1976 Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart album was also reissued, and here, courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel, you can see a commercial advertising it. (In the mid-1970s, former Monkees Dolenz and Jones teamed up with original Monkees tunesmiths Boyce & Hart to tour the world, record an album, and film a television special.)
In perhaps one of the more bizarre gigs of their career (most likely in California), Micky and Davy are seen below in photos and video footage from circa 1975, right before the start of Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. Keith Allison, a friend of Michael's from Texas who performed as a studio musician on several Monkees songs and was later a part of the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart touring band, accompanies the duo. Thanks to Andrew Sandoval for confirming details about this event.
Peter Tork made a guest appearance with Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart onstage at California's Disneyland on July 4, 1976. Here's an audience recording of Peter's appearance:
This might be an advertisement for the DJBH videotape that was made available in Japan in the early 1980s. Perhaps our Japanese visitors can assist with some translation?
What would a 10th Anniversary Monkees reunion in 1976 have looked like? The Monkees did in fact convene at the time to discuss the subject. "We met up at my house, up in the Hollywood Hills," Micky told Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval. "I think it was William Morris [agency] or something expressed an interest in putting the act back together. Everybody was very enthusiastic about it on the surface. You know, 'Oh great, great idea,' but when it got down to the nitty gritty there were too many conflicting feelings and attitudes....Actually I remember it being really excting. We all got together for the first time in quite a few years in the same room and there was a hell of a buzz."
Davy also spoke about a potential Monkees reunion at the time with reporter Ivor Davis. "We did try to get together again. We could have picked up £100,000 [pounds] to reunite for just one hamburger commercial. Peter and Mike said no."
When Monkees reunion plans fell through, Micky and Davy teamed up with Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart instead, releasing an album of all new material and performing a number of successful concerts.
Thanks a lot to Steve Lane for sharing this with the Live Almanac!
Keith Allison was a friend of Michael's from Texas who also acted as a session musician on several Monkees recordings ("Zor and Zam," "D.W. Washburn," "Rosemarie," the studio version of "Circle Sky," "Daddy's Song," "Through the Looking Glass," and others). He composed "Auntie's Municipal Court" with Nez, and that's Keith you hear on guitar on the track, along with Michael and Bill Chadwick. He eventually joined Paul Revere & The Raiders in the late '60s and has had a long career in music. Keith was also in the touring band for Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart in the mid-1970s and played on the DJBH album.
Per request, and after a recent blog post showing the front and back cover of the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart LP, here are the lyrics from the inner jacket.
Here's a rare photo from the July 4, 1976 Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart concert at Disneyland when Peter joined them onstage at the end of the show. I found this picture on eBay...
Thanks very much to Jeff Franchi for submitting this review of Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart at Pine Knob Music Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Jeff attended this show in 1976. This is a great piece as documentation from this era is sadly lacking. (Note when the author incorrectly provides up to date information about Nez.)
Creem magazine also reviewed a DJBH show with better returns here.
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