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March 27, 2011 by  
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From: “Leisa”

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Monkee steals show at orchestra’s 1960s fest

By Punch Shaw
Special to the Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH — How retro can you go?

The Fort Worth Symphony Pops Orchestra upped the ante on this whole 1960s
Retrofest thing last night at Bass Performance Hall, not only by honoring
the absolute, indisputable godhead of that delirious decade, the Beatles,
but also by throwing in a tip of the drumsticks to another ’60s icon, the

Homage was paid to the Fab Four with The Classical Mystery Tour, a package
consisting of a band of faux Fabs with their music director, Martin Herman,
conducting the orchestra.

The Monkees tribute was a little more direct. Monkee drummer Mickey Dolenz
made a surprise guest appearance.

There is a certain irony here. This is a guy who made a mint in the late
1960s playing in an ersatz Beatles band created entirely for a bad TV show
who now, some 600 years later, is still milking his 15 minutes with a real
ersatz Beatles band. Can you say “pathetic”?

Or how about, Can you say “dynamite”?

Dolenz stole the show with a righteously shredded version of Sgt. Pepper’s
Lonely Hearts Club Band and a shockingly effective reading of the poignant
ballad She’s Leaving Home. The band, led by Tony Kishman as Paul and Jim
Owen as John, had fine moments with tunes such as All You Need is Love, I Am
the Walrus and A Day in the Life, and especially with the rousing finale
Golden Slumbersarry That Weight, one of the last numbers the Beatles

Kishman was the most like his character, right down to the droopy eyelids.
He provided some of the best moments with his takes on solo McCartney tunes.

Harrison clone David Brighton was the most disappointing simply because he
was playing the wrong guitar with the wrong amp.

Drummer Carmine Grippo has the Ringo look and moves down, and he is a fine
skins man. But the way he is most similar to Mr. Starkey is that they both
have terrible voices. Somehow it was easier to take with Ringo.

Unfortunately, Dolenz will perform with the group again only tonight. That
is a shame because he was so good and because they did not do the obvious
song that should have resulted from the pairing of Dolenz and substitute

How could these people have taken the stage together and not performed that
Beatles classic, Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My


Well behaved women rarely make history


From: Jacqui”

This story from SonicNet Music News Of The World

“Thought you might enjoy this. the Monkees made it in the “Top 25 Best
Theme Songs” of all time! (Was
there ever any doubt?) and notice the only picture they placed on the list
was of the Monkees.

Channeling TV’s Top Theme Songs
Our impossible mission? Selecting the 25 best tunes in television history.
By Elita Bradley

It’s a job big enough for Jim Rockford, Thomas Magnum, Peter Gunn and
Charlie’s Angels combined: Track
down the best 25 themes in TV history.

Why even attempt such a feat? Because in an industry that sees more than
half its shows fail to last
beyond a single season, those that do survive often have memorable themes.

In compiling our (admittedly subjective) list of the top 25 TV theme songs,
for instance,
discovered that nearly every chosen show lasted at least five years, and
all of them have, or will have,
long — and lucrative — lives in syndication.

Do strong theme songs help shows survive? Read the following list and
decide for yourself.

“The Monkees”

On air: 1966/68

Theme song: “(Theme From) The Monkees”

Years before the Partridge Family first belted out “Come On, Get Happy,”
the Monkees introduced themselves
to the world with their happy-go-lucky signature song. The Prefab Four had
several other hits —
including “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Daydream Believer” — but
none could get inside a listener’s
head like the one where they proclaimed, “We’re too busy singing to put
anybody down.”

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