Stanley Ralph Ross was a writer, actor, voice-over artist, and songwriter who began his career in advertising in Los Angeles. He went on to write for various television shows like The Monkees, Batman, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., All in the Family, and Columbo, and developed Wonder Woman for television with Douglas S. Cramer. Ross also wrote (and directed) the iconic opening segment to ABC's Wide World of Sports. His songwriting career resulted in over 200 compositions, collaborating with artists such as Henry Mancini. Stanley wrote two episodes of The Monkees during its second season: "Monkees Marooned" and "The Wild Monkees."
In this 1990 interview with Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio, Stanley Ralph Ross recalls a request he made to Bob Rafelson which led to him writing for The Monkees, his varied career in Hollywood, and much more.
(Note: Unfortunately, you will hear gaps between each track while listening to this particular episode of "Headquarters." For reasons unbeknownst to me, I was once again unable to get the "Join CD Tracks" option in iTunes to work, which allows me to upload the audio as one continuous file without gaps. I had this same issue when I worked on the interview with Joey Baio this past December, but the Michael G. Bush files in January burned correctly with no gaps. All previous uploads have come off without a hitch. Weird!)
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After their appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on June 9, 1967, The Monkees spent time in the studio recording songs for what would become their fourth LP, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. On June 23, the band departed Los Angeles for Paris, France. Over the next several days in the French capital, The Monkees filmed what would become the second season episode "Monkees in Paris."
And check out the restoration work provided to this episode courtesy of Rhino's Blu-ray set:
Famed actress Rose Marie, best known for her starring role in The Dick Van Dyke Show, guested on two episodes of The Monkees during its first season: "Monkees in a Ghost Town" and "Monkee Mother." She passed away today at age 94.
Rose Marie in "Monkees in a Ghost Town"
Rose Marie in "Monkee Mother"
Best known to fans of The Monkees' TV series as "Junior Pinter" from the first season episode, "Captain Crocodile," actor Joey Baio also appeared in television shows such as The Edge of Night, The Doctors, and The Hero in the 1960s. The cousin of Scott Baio (Happy Days, Charles in Charge), he had worked with Davy Jones before The Monkees as a cast member of Oliver!, eventually taking the role of The Artful Dodger, the character that Davy played and had been nominated for a Tony Award in 1963.
In this 1989 interview with Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio on the Headquarters radio program, Baio discusses his early career jobs, working with Davy during his Oliver! days, appearing on The Monkees, and more.
(Note: You will hear gaps between each track while listening to this particular episode of 'Headquarters.' For reasons unbeknownst to me, I'm unable to get the "Join CD Tracks" option in iTunes to work this time around, which allows me to upload as one continuous file without gaps. This feature has always worked in past uploads. Anyone have any tips?)
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