Here's an outtake from the 1969 photo session that produced the Cash Box ad seen above. It was first published in the December 2000 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine. Monkees stand-ins and associates Ric Klein (left) and David Pearl (right) lend assistance.
Rhino Records executive John Hughes just posted a photo on Facebook of an ad that can be found in this week's issue of Billboard. Is a Grammy nomination in The Monkees' future?
In September 1965, Hollywood television producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider placed an ad in The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety that read, "Madness!! Auditions. Folk & Roll musicians-singers for acting roles in new TV series. Running parts for 4 insane boys, age 17 - 21. Want spirited Ben Frank's-types. Have courage to work. Must come down for interview." By November 1965, after over 400 potential applicants were screened, the audition process had been completed. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork were now The Monkees.
Ben Frank’s was a 24-hour restaurant and coffee shop on the Sunset Strip. It was a favorite hangout of young people, musicians, and nearby club patrons, who'd stop by for late night food and drink.
Today, the structure still stands, except it's now Mel's Drive-In.
"Rainy Jane" was released on Davy's 1971 album for Bell Records and became a modest chart hit that year, reaching #52 on the Billboard Hot 100. From the Live Almanac's YouTube channel comes this demo for "Rainy Jane."
In 2012, "Rainy Jane" was paired with "Girl" (made famous by its inclusion in an episode of The Brady Bunch) for a double-A side 7" single on green vinyl. A Rhino.com exclusive released in the months after Davy's passing, this collector's item, strictly limited to 1,000 copies and not made available in stores, sold out in one day.
This is my favorite advertisement created for a Monkees single, coming from the April 26, 1969 issue of Billboard magazine. I've never considered the music of The Monkees as 'bubblegum,' but hey, it made for a cool ad.
Image courtesy of JD at Monkee45s.net!
This ad for the first three albums released by Michael Nesmith and The First National Band (Magnetic South, Loose Salute, and Nevada Fighter) originally appeared in the July 12, 1971 issue of Billboard. It was reprinted in the March 1991 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine as seen below.