Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz appeared on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder on September 1, 1977. This is a must watch interview!
Lady Bird is a comedy/drama film starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, and Lucas Hedges. At the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, Lady Bird won for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Ronan), and also received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Metcalf) and Best Screenplay. The Monkees' "As We Go Along," originally issued on the soundtrack to the group's 1968 film, Head (and as the B-side to "Porpoise Song (Theme from Head"), was featured in the trailer for Lady Bird, but sadly was not included in the film itself. It does still appear, however, on its soundtrack, which is now available digitally and soon on compact disc.
Here is the official trailer for Lady Bird, featuring "As We Go Along":
Carole King referenced the song and its soundtrack appearance on Twitter:
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"
In the December 1987 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine, Monkees photographer Michael G. Bush wrote about the fun-filled finale of the 1987 tour at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada:
The Monkees would, however, go on to play one more show in 1987 in front of a massive crowd at Zoofest, held at Lowry Park in Tampa, Florida:
In an August 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Michael Nesmith spoke about his composition "Circle Sky," a key song from the soundtrack of The Monkees' 1968 feature film, Head:
"I also wrote this one when we were performing. I wanted to explore the power trio of us. In a strange way, we were actually pretty good. Micky was a real garage-band drummer. I was a real scream-and-shout guitar player and Peter was a very precise player. He could play interesting lines and fills on the bass. The power trio that existed between us was seldom explored. The lyrics are about television and the corporate man."
In an August 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Peter Tork spoke about his composition "Can You Dig It," a highlight from the soundtrack of The Monkees' 1968 feature film, Head:
"This started as a set of changes I wrote in college and didn't know what to do with. Then one afternoon on the set of The Monkees we were making the TV show and I had my guitar in my dressing room. The basic lyrics came to me and these changes I had stored in the back of my brain spring forth and dictated that kind of vaguely Spanish/North African harmonic sense. I was writing about the great unknown source of all. It was perfect for the Head soundtrack."
Here's "Can You Dig It" as it appeared in Head:
Micky Dolenz sang the officially released version of the song, but Peter also recorded a vocal for it that finally saw the light of day in 1994 on Rhino's CD release of the Head soundtrack:
Peter demoed the song, without vocals, during sesssions for The Monkees' third LP, Headquarters:
"Can You Dig It" made its first live appearance in a Monkees concert during the group's 1987 summer tour with Peter handling lead vocals and Micky on drums:
Here, Peter, Micky, and Michael perform "Can You Dig It?" at the State Theatre Regional Arts Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey on November 30, 2012:
Thanks a lot to Tom B. for reminding the Live Almanac about this live footage from a stop on The Monkees' 20th Anniversary Tour!
Last evening, Micky Dolenz headlined the 18th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square in Manhattan. Joining him onstage were Coco Dolenz, Wayne Avers, Dave Alexander, John Billings, and Rich Dart. Thanks to Fred Velez for sharing this video with the Live Almanac!
In 1985, Micky Dolenz directed a segment for Michael Nesmith's Television Parts, a short-lived series that aired on NBC. In these videos, featuring the Spitting Image puppets, the Royal Family searches for a solution to their financial troubles.
Micky also directed this spoof of Princess Diana for Television Parts:
The music video for "Every Step of the Way," the second single from The Monkees' 1987 album, Pool It!, was filmed in a Los Angeles alley on October 9, 1987. It debuted on Nickelodeon's Nick Rocks video show on Friday, November 6, 1987.
"As We Go Along," a highlight from the soundtrack to The Monkees' 1968 film Head, is featured in the trailer for Lady Bird, which arrives in theaters on November 10. Thanks to Lee Baber for the heads-up!
Only a few seconds of video has ever surfaced for the clip filmed at Chicago's Fred Niles Studios (better known to Monkees fans as the Rainbow Room) for "Salesman," the lead-off track from The Monkees' fourth LP, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. Those shots, seen below, can be viewed in the second season episode "The Devil and Peter Tork."
I was hoping more footage had been unearthed for last year's Blu-ray set, but unfortunately, it seems nothing survives. The Rainbow Room sessions on August 2, 1967 were featured throughout many second season episodes, showcasing songs like "Randy Scouse Git," "Daydream Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" and more.