Singer, songwriter, and pioneer, Michael Nesmith, will visit the GRAMMY Museum for an intimate discussion on his celebrated career and recent work, moderated by Scott Goldman. Following the discussion, Nesmith will perform live. Starting in the Texas folk scene in 1963, Nesmith quickly blossomed into a brilliant tunesmith during his time on the Emmy award-winning The Monkees. His melodic, country-tinged songs were regularly featured on the band’s multi-million selling albums and singles, but he heard a greater creative calling to find his own voice as a record maker. During 1968, Nesmith ventured to Nashville and formed the band the First National Band (pedal steel virtuoso Red Rhodes, bassist John London, and drummer John Ware). After being signed to RCA by A&R man Felton Jarvis, the band released a few critically acclaimed albums, including Magnetic South (1970), followed by Loose Salute (1970) and Nevada Fighter (1971), which spun off the chart hits “Joanne,” “Silver Moon,” “Nevada Fighter” and “I’ve Just Begun To Care (Propinquity).” In January 2018, Michael Nesmith sold out The Troubadour in West Hollywood, performing his First National music for the first time in four decades. Songs like “Different Drum” (a Top 20 hit for Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys), “Some of Shelly’s Blues” (covered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and The Monkees’ classic, “Papa Gene’s Blues” filled the room with warmth and splendor. Nesmith will once again perform this music and share stories from his recent autobiography, Infinite Tuesday, while on tour in October 2019.
UPDATE 10/2/2019: Here is video of the performance portion from Michael's appearance last night at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The set list included "Different Drum," "Joanne," "Some of Shelly's Blues," "Silver Moon," and "Papa Gene's Blues." Nez was backed by the First National Band Redux.
And earlier today, the Grammy Museum tweeted about Michael's appearance:
Recording Academy to Honor 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients with "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" Television Special as Part of "Great Performances" Series on PBS
UPDATE 7/13/2018: This tribute to Neil Diamond is scheduled to air on PBS later this year. Stay tuned to The Monkees Live Almanac for more information!
UPDATE #2 on 9/18/2018: Tune in to see Micky Dolenz and Neil Diamond perform together for the first time on October 5, 2018. Check your local PBS listings!
Despite a push by Rhino Records for a Grammy nomination, The Monkees' new album Good Times! came up short today when nominees for the 2017 Grammy Awards were announced this morning.
The Monkees have never been the recipient of a Grammy Award. In 1967, "Last Train to Clarksville" was nominated for Best Rock & Roll Group Performance and Best Rock & Roll Recording. It lost both times as The Mamas & The Papas took home the award for Best Performance ("Monday, Monday") while The New Vaudeville won Best Recording ("Winchester Cathedral"). In 1968, "I'm a Believer" was up for two awards (Group Performance and Contemporary Vocal Group) but lost both times to The Fifth Dimension's "Up, Up and Away."
Michael Nesmith, however, won a Grammy for one of his most notable post-Monkees endeavors. In 1982, Nez was the first to be awarded a Grammy for Video of the Year for Elephant Parts. The award was reserved for "video cassettes or discs in any format created specifically for the home video market."
In the meantime, go and vote for The Monkees in Ultimate Classic Rock's Album of the Year poll (and thanks to David Marcone for the heads-up):
Rhino Records executive John Hughes just posted a photo on Facebook of an ad that can be found in this week's issue of Billboard. Is a Grammy nomination in The Monkees' future?
Micky and his wife, Donna, walked the red carpet last evening at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Here are a few photos from the official Twitter feeds of both Micky and The Monkees:
"The Garden was nominated for a Grammy in 1995 as best New Age album. It was in the New Age category because I didn’t have clue what category to put it in so NARAS just put it in New Age. It didn’t win the Grammy that year – but the nomination was very satisfying even though I didn’t then, and don’t now, know what New Age is.
I finally finished The Ocean – the final part of The Prison, The Garden and The Ocean trilogy. The trilogy is titled Infinitia. The limited (200), numbered, and signed First Edition boxed set of Infinitia ships October 12th – and were available for pre-order about 24 hours ago. As I write this there are a few left.
Following that First Edition shipment the regular Infinitia box set of all three, Prison, Garden, Ocean, – as well as the Ocean CD solo album and CD download will be available and ship around the first week of November.
I’ll submit The Ocean to NARAS, but again, I have no idea what category to submit it for. It’s taken forty years for this trilogy to come to life and in that forty years I still don’t quite know what New Age Music is. I don’t think of Infinitia as New Age – I’m not sure what category it fits – only that I’m very happy this is done. It feels like a chapter has closed and a door has finally opened.
Everything I mention here is, or will be, available at Videoranch.com – and the other usual outlets that we have come to know and love. Naturally I will be most happy to see you at Videoranch.com."
(September 24, 2015)
Also attending that evening were Phyllis Nesmith and Davy's future wife, Linda Haines. "I'm a Believer" was up for two awards for best in song (Group Vocal Performance and Contemporary Vocal Group) but lost both times to The Fifth Dimension's "Up Up and Away."
Is that David Pearl sitting next to Davy (above)?
The Monkees will be overlooked for a Lifetime Achievement Award yet again at Sunday’s Grammys. And that’s a shame.
In this article from the July 1968 issue of Monkee Spectacular, you can read about the hectic activity surrounding The Monkees' appearance at the 1968 Grammy Awards.
A sold out performance at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last evening marked the end of what has to be considered Peter's most acclaimed round of solo concerts to date. The 'In This Generation Tour: My Life in the Monkees and So Much More' show, co-produced by Peter and Monkees historian and archivist Andrew Sandoval, played a little over a dozen cities around the United States since early May. Reviews were universally positive and many fans posted on various internet forums that the show was the best they'd seen Peter perform over the years. Featuring varied setlists from night to night and an accompanying multimedia presentation (including photos and film), it was also reported by concertgoers at most stops that Peter took the time to autograph items and take pictures with fans after the performance.
Below is a film Peter made as a college student entitled The Love Potion, which was screened at the start of each In This Generation show (audio has since been added to it by the Rare Monkees YouTube Channel).
Check out additional photos of Peter's performance at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall here.