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Rare early Monkees footage VERSION 1 (plus 1966, 1967 and 1970 TV Promos)

January 23, 2012 by  
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This rare silent 8mm footage was filmed in Del Mar, California on September 11, 1966 (one day before “The Monkees” television series premiered on NBC). The band met winners of a radio station contest on the beach in Del Mar, which was renamed ‘Clarksville’ by the city’s mayor for that day’s event. Afterwards, The Monkees traveled by train with the winners back to Los Angeles. They perform in one of the train cars with a set that included “Papa Gene’s Blues.” (The audio over the silent footage includes vintage Monkees commercials or promotional spots, and “Steppin’ Stone” being played backwards.) VERSION 2 can be found here: Various Monkees television promos from the 1960s complete this video. Please visit my website at

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