As 1970 drew to a close, Micky and Davy conducted one more recording session in September with producer Jeff Barry. The bubblegum-esque single "Do It In The Name of Love" (backed with "Lady Jane") would be officially credited to Dolenz & Jones and not to The Monkees. Issued in April 1971 on Bell Records (which had absorbed Colgems, The Monkees' now defunct record label), the single failed to make a dent in the charts. Below is the Japanese picture sleeve for "Do It In The Name of Love" (courtesy of Monkee45s.net). The single was released under the Monkees banner in Japan.
Here's a flier for radio station WFIL in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the week of November 2, 1970, submitted to the Live Almanac by Perry Corvese. WFIL hosted a three-day concert event in May of that year, featuring a rare 1970 appearance by Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones. On the cover with Davy is WFIL disc jockey Long John Wade.
It's quite possible the photo on the flier above was taken during the span of The Monkees' visit in Philadelphia that May. Below you can see Davy and Micky at the event with disc jockey Wade in the back left, and Davy's clothes appear to be similar in both shots.
I thought this would be a nice supplement to the new Monkees Live in 1970 page here on the website. This article was originally published in the September 7, 1971 issue of Look. Note Micky's thoughts on what would later become home video, and his comments about appearing in Keep Off My Grass.
For easier reading, click the image to enlarge.
If not, what are you waiting for? And if you have, I've added a few new photos to the gallery. Click the Changes-era Monkees logo below!
Thanks to Kevin Schmid and Al Bigley for their assistance and contributions!
Here's a radio station survey from WKLO in Louisville, Kentucky for the week ending May 30, 1970. It shows the last original Monkees single, "Oh My My," coming in at #10 on their countdown for the week. You'll also see that singer/songwriter Paul Williams is on the chart with his own version of "Someday Man," which was a single for The Monkees in 1969.
In the United States, "Oh My My" peaked at a lowly #98 on the Billboard singles chart on June 13, 1970.
A big thanks to Gilbert Matthews for sending this piece to the Live Almanac. Be sure to check out his internet radio station!
The one confirmed live appearance in 1970 by Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz as The Monkees occurred at a festival-like event sponsored by WFIL Radio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between May 15-17 at Roosevelt Mall. Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval, in an email to me in 2012, said that this show did indeed take place, and now we apparently have photographic proof! A big thanks to Sean Schafron for tracking down these pictures!!
Here's Davy standing in front of his Los Angeles marketplace, The Street. According to Andrew Sandoval's book, Davy hoped The Street would be a site for artisans "to display their talents and wares, a 'street' of stall-like shops, such as is found in Europe..."
Opening in June 1970, Peter Tork was one of the first guests.
UPDATE 8/11/2018: Thanks to Written in Our Hearts on Facebook for sharing this article about The Street:
Here's my copy of the 1970 Monkees album, Changes. Still a fairly challenging find, this is an original Colgems issue that I consider to be in great condition.
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!
"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 Monkees cereal box records that were originally issued through Post Cereals in 1969 and 1970. For easier reading, click to enlarge.
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