Here's what I believe to be a fairly rare item that comes from my personal collection, and one that I've never previously seen online - a 1969 Monkees Christmas card that was sent to members of the group's fan club. The card features the signatures of Michael Nesmith, David Jones, and Micky Dolenz on the front, along with their manager at the time, Brendan Cahill. A big thanks to Monkees collector and expert Ed Reilly for confirming the details of this piece of memorabilia.
The card opens to reveal a color picture of The Monkees in holiday-themed attire while having "snow" poured on them by Ric Klein (left) and David Pearl (right), two friends of the group who also acted as stand-ins on The Monkees television series and traveled with the band while on tour. Pearl co-managed The Monkees with Brendan Cahill throughout 1969. The message reads, "Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me."
A black and white copy of this photo appeared in the December 2000 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine.
Another picture from this Christmas-themed shoot was published in the December 27, 1969 issue of the music industry trade magazine Cash Box:
This article, written by David Pearl, appeared in the January 1968 issue of 16 Magazine.
Each member of The Monkees had a stand-in during filming of their television series. Michael Nesmith's original stand-in was John London, but in 1967 London joined the Lewis & Clarke Expedition, a country rock group that also included Michael Martin Murphey, an old friend of Michael's and the songwriter responsible for "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" (and "Oklahoma Backroom Dancer").
Nesmith's brother-in-law, Bruce Barbour, replaced John London as Mike's stand-in on The Monkees during the second season and while filming the movie Head (as seen in the photo below). Barbour went on to become a respected Hollywood stunt man.
And Peter Tork is hosting Jimi Hendrix at his home...
This article by Ric Klein, a friend of The Monkees and Micky's stand-in on the group's television series, was originally published in the June 1968 issue of Flip. It discusses Micky's musical background, including information about The Missing Links!
David Price was a friend of Michael Nesmith's before The Monkees. He later became a stand-in for Davy Jones on the set of The Monkees' TV show, and he also traveled with the group during their concert tours. Beyond numerous cameos on the show as an extra, you can also spot David playing drums during "Little Darlin'" on the 1969 Monkees television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee.
In 1969, Price became a member of the band Blue Mountain Eagle. The group released a lone album for Atlantic Records in 1970 (which is available on Amazon). He was seen in pictures taken at the private memorial for Davy Jones held at Samantha Juste's house after Davy passed away in 2012.
In this article, from the June 1967 issue of Tiger Beat, Price recalls the trip Mike and his wife, Phyllis, made to London in early February 1967.
This article by Ric Klein, a friend of The Monkees and Micky's stand-in on the group's television series, was originally published in the February 1969 issue of Flip.
Ric Klein reports on The Monkees' 1967 summer tour: Brian Jones, The Beatles, Wembley, Jimi Hendrix, and more
Ric Klein was Micky's stand-in on The Monkees television show and can be seen frequently in the background or as an extra on the series. Ric also acted as stage manager for The Monkees when the group was on tour in the '60s, and was the best man when Micky married Samantha Juste in July 1968. He co-wrote "Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye" with Micky, too, a song that appeared on The Monkees Present album in 1969.
David Price was Davy's stand-in on The Monkees TV show. Beyond numerous cameos on the series as an extra, David traveled with The Monkees on tour and acted as one of the group's confidants during their original heyday.
David Pearl was a friend of Michael Nesmith's from Texas who eventually moved to California and immediately became involved in the Monkees project. Through Nez, Pearl became Peter's stand-in on the television show and was often seen as an extra on many episodes of The Monkees. He also became very good friends with Davy Jones. Pearl traveled with the group on tour, and in 1969 co-managed The Monkees along with Brendan Cahill.
After their appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on June 9, The Monkees spent time in the studio recording songs for what would become 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." Leaving Paris for London on June 28, the band held their first 'group' press conference before playing five concerts at Wembley between June 30 and July 2 (in front of audiences of 10,000 at each show).
Ric Klein, Micky's stand-in during filming of The Monkees television series and Head, and stage manager for The Monkees on their live concert tours, acted as best man at the ceremony.
Bruce Barbour became Mike Nesmith's brother-in-law after Nesmith married his sister, Phyllis, in 1963. Barbour was also Mike's stand-in on The Monkees TV show (during its second season) and while filming the group's 1968 feature film, Head. Barbour went on to become a respected Hollywood stunt man.
On June 23, 1967, The Monkees departed Los Angeles for Paris, France. Over the next several days in the French capital, the group filmed what would become the second season episode "Monkees in Paris."
David Price was a friend of Mike's before The Monkees and Davy's stand-in on the TV show. Beyond numerous cameos on the show as an extra, you can also spot David playing drums during "Little Darlin'" on the 1969 Monkees television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. He also was present at the private memorial for Davy Jones held at Samantha Juste's house after Davy passed away.
You can read more about David Price in a previous Live Almanac blog post, "The Stand Ins."
David Pearl takes you behind the scenes of the second official Monkees concert (and New Year's Eve 1966)
The Monkees played their first full-length live concert on December 3, 1966 at the Honolulu International Centre Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their next show occurred in Denver, Colorado on December 26. In this article (from the May 1967 issue of 16 Magazine) David Pearl examines that second date along with the group's other concerts in late 1966.
Pearl was a friend of Mike Nesmith's from Texas who eventually moved to California and immediately became involved in the Monkees project. Through Nez, he was selected as Peter's stand-in on the television show and was often seen as an extra on many episodes of The Monkees. He also became very good friends with Davy. Pearl traveled with the group while on tour, and in 1969 co-managed the trio of Micky, Davy and Mike.
The artwork of Neko Cholis, photographed in the article above, was featured on several different Monkees releases.
This article by Ric Klein, a friend of The Monkees and Micky's stand-in on the group's television series, was originally published in the February 1968 issue of Flip.