In the week leading up to the debut of The Monkees television series on NBC, Micky, Davy, Mike, and Peter took part in a cross country promotional tour. Los Angeles radio station KHJ staged perhaps the most ambitious event for the group on September 11, 1966. Contest winners rode on a train to the coastal town of Del Mar, California, which had been renamed "Clarksville" for the day by the town's mayor.
Landing on the beach in two helicopters and dressed in their signature double-breasted shirts, the band met approximately 400 winners of KHJ's radio contest. After the event, the group traveled by train with the contest winners back to Los Angeles. On one of the train cars, The Monkees gave their first true live public performance. Their set included Michael's "Papa Gene's Blues" and a cover of Baker Knight's "She's So Far Out She's In," a song that was later performed during the first Monkees tour in late 1966/early 1967 (and tracked, sans vocals, during the Headquarters album sessions in early 1967). An episode of the television series was also screened for fans.
The day's events were filmed in color by KHJ for their Los Angeles music television program Boss City. The footage aired on September 17, 1966.
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Footage of the day's events exist, clips which can be seen here.
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