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Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 5 of 5)

Continued from Part Four… A stop in Singapore found the group encountering some difficulty. “We were the first American rock band to be allowed in to play in the country,” Hart says. “It’s very controlled, very buttoned-down. We were told ahead of time, ‘When you get off the plane in Singapore, your hair cannot touch

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 4 of 5)

Continued from Part Three… The group did a fair number of television appearances in early 1976, guesting on The Mike Douglas Show, The Dinah Shore Show and even Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. For the talk show spots, they performed the album’s lead track, “I Remember the Feeling.” The band’s U.S. tour ended in grand style,

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 3 of 5)

Continued from Part Two… But a falling out with the backing musicians meant that they wouldn’t last long. After the group’s first week-long domestic tour leg, the backing musicians showed up with a manager. In Allison’s words, they attempted to extort him, demanding a larger share of profits. Keeping them around while he quietly put

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 2 of 5)

Continued from Part One… Jennings’ boyfriend at the time was none other than Bobby Hart. “We invited Claudia’s masseuse to come for Thanksgiving dinner,” Hart recalls. “And she said, ‘Can I bring my son? He would love to be in the music business!’” When Hart met deWalden – whom he characterizes as “this flamboyant Italian

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart: Remembering the Feeling (Part 1 of 5)

The Monkees were a ‘60s phenomenon, but their popularity extends to this day. Yet one significant chapter in the group’s history is often overlooked: a mid ‘70s reunion of two of its members, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones. Working with the hit songwriting team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, they formed a mid-1970s pop

Take 5 with Keith Allison

Keith Allison is one of the great under-recognized figures of the rock and pop era. The singer-songwriter-guitarist was everywhere: a member of the post-Buddy Holly Crickets, opening twice for the Rolling Stones, playing on Boyce and Hart demos, producing sessions for Cher, starring on a daily TV show and more. And that’s only a taste

A Celebration of Keith Allison

This last Sunday (April 3, 2022) marked the occasion of a lovely celebration of the life of Keith Allison. His stunningly lengthy list of credits includes: star of Where the Action Is, bassist and songwriter in Paul Revere and the Raiders, guitarist in the (post-Buddy) Crickets, actor in the Bee Gees’ Sgt. Pepper movie, solo

Keith Allison: Man of Action (Part Five / conclusion)

Continued from Part Four… Bill Kopp: You first rose to fame as a cast member on Where the Action Is. Can you tell me how you got that gig? Keith Allison: At the time, I was playing with The Crickets, as their guitarist. But when in town, I did all the Boyce and Hart demos

Keith Allison: Man of Action (Part Four)

continued from Part Three… Bill Kopp: A guy I vaguely know put together some unauthorized DVDs of It’s Happening episodes. He sent me copies and I reviewed them. The next day he got a cease-and-desist order from Dick Clark Productions! Keith Allison: I just talked to the archivist over there [at DCP]. They contacted me;

Keith Allison: Man of Action (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: I ought to know the answer to this, but did any of your solo singles or the In Action album make a dent on the charts? Keith Allison: They didn’t do much of anything. “Action Action” was what you’d call a turntable hit. The show [Where the Action Is]