A friend of Mike's in the pre-Monkees era, John London and Nez traveled to Los Angeles from Texas in 1964. London later became Mike's stand-in on the television series and would occasionally play bass guitar on Monkees recordings. He also co-wrote "Don't Call on Me" with Nez, which appeared on The Monkees' fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. After The Monkees, Mike asked John to join him in the First National Band.
David Pearl was a friend of Mike'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.
Pearl traveled with the group on tour, and in 1969 co-managed the trio of Micky, Davy and Mike.
David Price was a friend of Mike's before The Monkees and was Davy's stand-in on The Monkees 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. Price was a constant companion of the group during the 1960s, and he recently made some comments on Facebook regarding Jimi Hendrix and The Monkees on tour in 1967. A big thanks to Kevin Schmid for passing this along to the Live Almanac!
Davy catches some pool time with members of The Sundowners (who opened the live concerts during the 1967 summer tour), along with Ric Klein, David Pearl, David Price, and others while on the road in the summer of '67.
This article, featuring pictures from the set of Head, was published in Monkee Spectacular #15 in July 1968. Note the shots of Peter dressed as a clown, a scene that was ultimately cut from the movie. A rare photo of Monkees TV show stand-ins David Pearl, Ric Klein, David Price, and Bruce Barbour on the set of Head is also included.
The Monkees played their very first concert in Canada at The Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 1, 1967. This article, written by Monkees stand-in and confidant David Price, and published in the December 1967 issue of Tiger Beat, examines the details of the performance and more.
This article was originally published in the May 1968 issue of Flip.
This article was originally published in the September 1967 issue of 16 Magazine.
This article was originally published in the February 1968 issue of Fave.
Michael and John London won San Antonio College's Headliner of the Year contest in 1964.
In this article, from the March 1967 issue of Tiger Beat, Monkees stand-in and confidant David Price covers concerts on the inaugural Monkees tour, including shows in Memphis, Louisville, Cincinatti, and Tulsa.