In its December 27, 1966 issue, Look magazine published a feature on The Monkees with quotes from each member of the group as well as Raybert co-founder Bert Schneider. The article also includes photos from an October 18, 1966 recording session at RCA Hollywood staged for reporter Betty Rollin. With Michael in the producer's chair flanked by Don Kirshner and Lester Sill, an attempt was made to add Micky, Davy, and Peter's backing vocals to Michael's song, "Mary, Mary," but things quickly unraveled. Andrew Sandoval documented this event in his book, The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation, and audio from it will finally see the light of day on the upcoming super deluxe edition box set for the group's sophomore album, More Of The Monkees:
"The Monkees wisecrack their way through a series of rehearsals - labeled 1A-4A and noted on the box as 'no good' - and seven 'real' takes. The antics of Davy and Micky are legitimately funny, but after 20 taped minutes, Nesmith says, "Honest to God, no shit - let's cool it."
The overdub session would eventually come to a halt, and no group backing vocals for "Mary, Mary" would be included in the final take of the song.
Antenna TV in the United States airs The Monkees television series on the weekends.
Recently the show experienced a schedule change, and two episodes are now being aired on Sundays starting at 5AM (EST).
Check out Antenna TV's website and see if the show is available in your area. And if you want to watch The Monkees at your convenience, the entire series (and much more) is now available on Blu-ray, courtesy of Rhino Records.
Here's a wonderful tribute to The Monkees on the 51st Anniversary of the debut of their NBC television show. Thanks to Miss Mini at Naked Persimmon for perfectly encapsulating today's milestone: