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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

March Through Time: The Monkees

Time was, the Monkees were a “guilty pleasure” for many. Time has rightly been kind to the group, and they’ve undergone a near-complete re-assessment. Did they all play on their early records? Well, no. Did The Byrds play on theirs? Did the Wrecking Crew play on everybody’s (except The Turtles’)? Good – and sometimes great

Micky Dolenz is Still a Believer

The original lineup of pop sensation the Monkees lasted for a brief period: the quartet that scored number-one hits with “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer” was together from fall 1965 to very early 1969. In the nearly 50 years since then, there have been several reunions among the group; Micky

Album Review: More of the Monkees (Super Deluxe Edition)

Too often the Monkees have been dismissed, and called names like the Prefab Four. While it’s undeniable that the group was assembled by music and television executives looking to capitalize upon the popularity of the Beatles, the Monkees were certainly not the only rock/pop act of that era to be put together by behind-the-scenes figures:

Album Mini-review: The Monkees — Good Times!

Call them a guilty pleasure if you must: at their core The Monkees were as “real” a group as many others of their era. And there’s no denying that they made a lot of music that has worn well this last half-century. Various reunions have yielded enjoyable tours, but little in the way of memorable

Roger Hart: Monkees to His Madness (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Roger Hart – manager of Paul Revere and the Raiders during the 1960s – picks up his story about developing the treatment Madness, an idea that he says was realized as the hit TV show The Monkees. – bk “And,” he continues, “I gave it to one of the program directors