Madness!! Auditions. Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. Running Parts for 4 insane boys, age 17-21. Want spirited Ben Frank’s types. Have courage to work. Must come down for interview. –Ad in Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety, September 1965.
By Kevin Coughlin
What was the most important ad you ever answered?
Micky Dolenz answered one in 1965. A half-century later, it’s the reason he’ll be performing with Peter Tork at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
Listen to our interview with Micky Dolenz of The Monkees:
Micky aced his screen test to become one of the “Pre-fab Four,” as critics dubbed the made-for-TV Monkees.
Though some slagged them as ersatz Beatles, The Monkees–Dolenz, Tork, Mike Nesmith and the late Davy Jones–reportedly outsold the real Fabs for the two seasons of their Emmy-winning NBC sitcom.
With material from some of pop’s best songwriters (Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Neil Diamond, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart), the Monkees scored hits that remain staples of Classic Rock radio: Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday and (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone, to name a few.
The last time Micky brought his Monkee business to Morristown, four years ago, Davy Jones was part of the act.
Davy passed away in 2012 from a heart attack. Micky reflects on his late friend in our interview, recorded this month. We also talk about…
- Micky’s early TV fame, as 10-year-old star of Circus Boy
- The behind-the-scenes tumult that was the Monkees
- Whatever happened to Mike Nesmith?
- Why aren’t the Monkees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
- The Monkees’ 1968 movie Head, “dreadfully written” by Jack Nicholson (NY Times) and now considered a psychedelic cult classic in some circles.
The Monkees, featuring Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 at 8 pm
100 South St., Morristown