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April 3, 2011 by  
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The updated biography of Michael Nesmith of The Monkees is out, with 75 new
photos and 2 new chapters, with details on the 1997 reunion, ABC special
and the only known photo of Michael with his father. Buy it online and get
free gifts and free shipping!


December 30:

Today’s birthdays: Singer Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 63. Singer Davy
Jones of the Monkees is 60.


Click on the following link to listen to Holiday Greetings from Nez.

Happy Holidays to you from all of us at Videoranch!



In our recently published online poll of our readers’ ALL-TIME TOP
20 PSYCHEDELIC SONGS, THE MONKEES were nominated FIVE times!!! Although
none of their tracks made the final countdown, votes were cast for ZILCH,
NIGHTLY WAS featured as a bonus track during the month-long series. (I’m
sure you all recall the ultra-cool black and white MONKEES’ video for DAILY
NIGHTLY that ended a couple of episodes of the series … MICKY DOLENZ,
seated at one of the very first Moog Synthesizers ever made, looks at the
camera as the very last note resonates and says, “Psychedelic!”)

In related MONKEES news, FORGOTTEN HITS will be running an
exclusive interview with RON DANTE next month in which he discusses
auditioning for THE MONKEES and working with DON KIRSHNER on THE ARCHIES
project. Many of your readers contacted us a year ago when we ran our
lengthy TOMMY BOYCE AND BOBBY HART series … and have remained loyal
FORGOTTEN HITS readers. Here’s another chance for some of you faithful
’60’s music fans to see what we’re all about. If you’re interested in
receiving a copy of the RON DANTE series, please
contact: no later than January 23, 2006!!!


From: Andrew Sandoval

The UK CD EP recently advertised as Micky Dolenz “Plastic Surgery” is in fact
called “Plastic Symphony” and features the four tracks issued by the
Challenge label in 1967. Of the four selections, the two non-Dolenz
tracks sound like they are dubbed from discs, but “Huff Puff” and “Don’t Do
appear in very good fidelity – this marks their first official appearance
on CD.
The liner notes are lame (come on, “Mickey,” if you can’t spell his name right
on his own CD…), but it’s cheaper than buying the Challenge originals on


From: Melhi

I’m sad to report that world reknowned banjo player, Bobby Thompson, who is
best known by Monkees fans for his work on Nez’ infamous Monkees Nashville
Sessions, (and perhaps also for his later membership in the bands Area Code
615 and Barefoot Jerry,) passed away this last May.

You can find out more about Bobby’s incredible career on his website:



From: Hooloovoo

This was a snipped in this morning’s Detroit News:

A documentary focusing on the life and career of late singer-songwriter
Harry Nilsson sometime next year, Reuters reports. “Who is Harry Nilsson
(And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)” will include appearances by
Yoko Ono, Randy Newman, Micky Dolenz, Eric Idle, the Smothers Brothers,
Brian Wilson and Robin Williams. There also will be excerpts from
Nilsson’s recently discovered oral autobiography. Nilsson is probably
best-known for “Everybody’s Talkin’,” the song from “Midnight Cowboy.”

Hooloovoo —
Eagles may soar, but weasels aren’t sucked into jet engines.


From: “bobirene13”

Taken from

The New Year will find (Andrew)Sandoval revisiting the Monkees
catalogue for a series of double-disc mono/stereo releases; he’ll also
helm a second seven-disc Everly Brothers box. Palao, meanwhile, is
currently digging through an archive of garage-rock recorded by Norman
Petty in the same Clovis, New Mexico, studio where Buddy Holly helped
invent rock ‘n’ roll. Now it’s time to help document and reinvent it.

Double disc sets! Let’s hope they cram a lot of stuff on both discs!

Bob T

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