Longtime record executive and Colgems head Lester Sill was involved with the Monkees project from the very start. In the early days, Sill was the music coordinator for the group, overseeing the recording process under the helm of Don Kirshner. When Kirshner was sacked in early 1967, Sill took over as musical supervisor. In this interview that originally aired in 1988 on the Headquarters radio show on WBAU in New York, Sill discusses many topics, including The Monkees as musicians, his thoughts on the group breaking away from Kirshner, Peter's recording techniques for "Lady's Baby," his impressions of The Monkees as a live act, traveling and recording during the 1967 summer tour, the Head soundtrack mylar cover controversy, Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, his regret on releasing "D.W. Washburn" as a single in 1968, and more.
A big thanks to Richard Silverberg for providing this audio. There is a second part of the interview that he is attempting to find, and it will be posted here if it becomes available.
(On a side note, I am interested in obtaining more audio from the Monkees Headquarters radio show. I never owned any tapes of the program originally and have nothing in my archives. If anyone can assist, or if the founder of the program happens to read this, please contact me here.)
Note: The entire interview is now available.
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