Teenage Monkees follower Jan Swanton arrived early one day at Kensington Park where fans were camped out next to the hotel, and was among those who shared a magical morning with Micky Dolenz.
“Micky came walking from the hotel, and just walked up and said; "You’re not going to chase me, I’m just going to walk and I’m gonna go sit on the bandstand.” And he sat up there and he just started singing to us.“ - Jan
"I started singing Monkees songs, and then I said; "You sing to me.” And all these hundreds of little girls started singing their school songs.“ - Micky
"He divided us up into groups and he got us singing ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’, and we were all singing that and I was sitting there thinking; "This is what it’s about, this is what life is about. This is what I want to be about”.“ - Jan
"We all start crying, the girls are crying and I’m crying and I’m singing Monkees songs and they’re singing back, and it becomes this like, you know, beautiful, "why can’t we all live together and be happy?”“ - Micky
"And then he just walked back to the hotel. And it was the most perfect moment ever, it really was wonderful. For years afterwards we used to come up on the anniversary and put flowers on the bandstand and stand and sing 'Row Row Row Your Boat’.” -Jan
It’s been four years since Davy left us, and it’s hard to know what to say on a day like today. But instead of being sad, I’m going to focus on the things I love about Davy Jones.
His face. Has there ever been a cuter face? No. No there hasn’t.
His glossy hair.
HIS DANCING. LOOK AT HIM GO.
He was a fab little actor
He was a proud Manchester lad!!!
The fact he was in Coronation Street and KEN BARLOW had this to say about him:
He may have been small in height but he had a bangin’ bod.
The love he had for his daughters <3
His passion for horses
His face in this scene:
His facial expressions in general
The fact that he was so willing to endulge Micky during this ‘80s performance:
“YOU MUST BE JOKING!”
The fact that it was totally believeable that a different girl would fall in love with him every week on The Monkees
THIS. ICONIC. SCENE. aka the GREATEST SCENE IN THE HISTORY OF TELEVISION
His fashion sense!!!
“We were, you know, all wacked out on California Gold, or whatever you called it at the time.”
HIS FACE. I know I already said this but it needs a second mention.
Davy was a special something and I wish he could be here for the Monkees 50th anniversay. More than that, I wish he could be here for his daughters, his family, his friends, and everyone that loved him. But I know he’ll be having a groovy time up there looking down on us all!
The Emmy Awards, 1967. Footage
of The Monkees scooping two awards. The boys themselves don’t collect
the awards, but worth watching for their lovely reactions!
Happening '69, 1969 The
Monkees appear now and then throughout the whole show, but mainly from
20 minutes in. Listen out for what’s said about Piscean men and keep an
eye on Micky’s reaction…
Laugh In, 1969 Clips from when the Monkees appeared on the show in October '69.
'Junkyard Movie’, 1969 (?) Silent
footage of Micky messing around a junkyard which includes him having a
wee. The description says it’s from 1967 but I think it’s from later
than that, maybe 1969 or even 1970.
I have watched every Monkees documentary I’ve come across, but I will always have a soft spot for this one. It was shown here in the UK on ITV in the summer of 2012. At the time, I was only a very casual Monkees fan, but I sat down and watched this with my parents (my mum was a childhood fan) and this is what inspired me, my mum and my sister to track down The Monkees on DVD (at the time, the DVDs on Amazon were like £50 or something, but my mum managed to find them on ebay, brand new, for a lot less!) This was effectively the start of my obsession. It has been repeated since, and we still have it on our Sky+ planner. I’ve watched it several times on youtube also!
But apart from my personal soft spot for this documentary, it is a quality programme. It features interviews with Micky and Peter, and also slightly older footage from before Davy passed. Toni Basil, Bob Rafelson, Jim Frawley, and Chip Douglas also contribute.
Another great thing about this documentary is the fans. Lifelong Monkees fans talking about their love of the band. One of the women was actually one of the young girls who “shared a magical morning with Micky Dolenz” - she talks so fondly of that morning with Micky in Hyde Park, and how she and a bunch of other girls would go back to the spot and lay flowers on the bandstand on the anniversary for years after that.
MONKEE YOU’D MOST LIKE TO BE STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR WITH (60s or present day - please specify)
This is a tricky one. For present day, it’s a toss-up between Micky and Davy, for me. Peter makes me feel uncomfortable when I watch him in interviews, and I can imagine Mike being really quiet and not saying a word (I could be wrong, obviously!) so maybe I’ll rule them out. Micky might be annoying, because he’s Micky, but he also might help kill the time. Davy (if he was still here) would possibly be the best option.
For the 60s, it’d have to be Micky, because he was hot as hell and so funny and cute. If it was just the two of us maybe we could do something to kill the time, YOU DIG? (I’m female and have a pulse, that automatically means I’m 60s Micky’s type). So I’m going for 60s Micky.
And I thought I’d be okay, that it’d be a standard-issue ‘origin/clip/weren’t they great’ cheesy doc. In some ways it is. But the last part of the show, where they show the post-Monkees careers and then talk about Davy passing away… man, that killed me.
I think it’s because I don’t remember a time not knowing The Monkees. I was a little kid when I first saw re-runs and I didn’t actually realise it wasn’t real. I thought that they were just a band!
Then, when I was a teen, I was embarrassed for liking them because they were officially uncool. It was only when I’d grown out of teenage conformity that I went mental on Nesmith and tracked down everything of his on original vinyl.
So many of my songs are Monkees / Nesmith rip-offs it’s incredible people haven’t said it before. I mostly get ‘sounds like Depeche Mode’ which is fair enough as I rip them off too. But, c’mon, I nicked the descending chord intro lick from Listen To Band exactly. And the melody line from As We Go Along was a… heavy inspiration *cough* to the first White Town song. And I nicked the bassline from Circle Sky pretty much note for note.
If you’re into music, I think everyone has an artist or band who they’ve grown up with, who will always be there and has become something more than art in their lives, they’re more like family.
For me, that’s what The Monkees are. Yeah, I love a lot of other ‘60s bands as well, Beatles, Stones, loads of Merseybeat and Stax and Motown. But because of that wild TV show, I kind of felt like I had four crazy older brothers who were immeasurably cool and handsome and talented.