MONKEE IN THE NEWS

NOTE: The Monkees brand of zany humor and light folk/pop music revolutionized television, and they remain very popular to this day, so much so that even decades after their dissolution, references to them can be found in mass media all over the world. Here's where I'll list news items from television, radio, and newspaper articles all around the world that make reference to the Monkees.   Also, I'll list any updates to the site here, so check back weekly!


December 14, 2017
UPDATE: This week on MonkeesRadio:  They're one-name wonders - like 'Cher' - times two.
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                                                        Los Angeles
                                                        Times

Pat DiNizio, lead singer of the Smithereens, dies at 62

Los Angeles Times
"We grew up watching Soupy Sales, Chuck McCann and The Monkees. We all grew up reading Mad magazine and there was a shared background. So we agreed upon all of that." Influenced by everyone from Buddy Holly to the Clash, the Smithereens blended catchy melodies and grinding guitars on "A Girl Like You," ...
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                                                        windsoriteDOTca
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St. Clair College Performing Arts students will deliver a family ...

windsoriteDOTca News
The show transports audience members to Christmas of 1967, the year the college was first established, and features a groovy sound track of classic re-mastered hit songs made famous by artists like the Monkees, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles. “We are always proud to bring the spirit of Christmas to our audiences,” says ...
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                                                        Noisey

Neil Diamond Is So Good! So Good! So Good!

Noisey
Asked to write something for the Monkees, he scored his first chart-topper with "I'm a Believer" the following spring. It was a song so good that even Smash Mouth couldn't mess it up. Though few realized it at the time, Neil would quickly become more than a songwriter. This is a man who once told his friend and collaborator ...


December 13, 2017

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                                                        Chicago Tribune

'Beautiful' Broadway tour brings Carole King's life and career to ...

Chicago Tribune
Besides references and entertaining nods to Dick Clark, The Monkees, Neil Sedaka, The Drifters, and The Righteous Brothers, songs such as "So Far Away," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Who Put the Bomp," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Up on the Roof," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," It's Too Late," "You've Got ...
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                                                        Paste Magazine

Exclusive Preview: The Archies Receive the Gospel of Chvrches in ...

Paste Magazine
Future cameos from The Monkees and Tegan and Sara have already been announced, but with the Archie cosmos stretching into Lynchian unease on the silver screen and outright horror in satellite comics like Afterlife with Archie, the likelihood of heavier bands popping up remains a likelihood. “In terms of vetting or ...

I'm A Believer

FN Arena News
This has to be another good year for stocks and I'm betting 2018 will top 2017. And I'm not monkeying around in forthrightly arguing that “I'm a believer” and I couldn't leave this market, if I tried (to rely on the wisdom of The Monkees!). We started the year at 5773.2 on the S&P/ASX 200, which means we're up 4.5%.


December 12, 2017
UPDATE: This week on Open Mic:  It looks like a family affair!
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                                                    Tribune

State expands plan to add toll lanes on I-55

Chicago Tribune
Last week's song was a chart topper about meeting at a train station, before a long, maybe permanent, separation. The performers were uncharitably labeled the "Pre-Fab Four." The song was “Last Train to Clarksville” by The Monkees. David Eldridge of Evanston was first with the answer. This week's song describes how a ...
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                                                        Looper

Game of Thrones director to adapt The Phantom Tollbooth

Looper
... synth-pop garage band who got whisked away to an (animated) fantasy world and did battle with the villainous Master Blaster in a realm called the Flipside (always followed by a Monkees-esque music video). A Kidd Video movie could similarly combine live action and animation, placing real actors in an animated world.


December 11, 2017
UPDATE:  This week on MonkeeVision:  Saying goodbye to Davy - the Monkees way.
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                                                        Campus News

David Cassidy … a legend, lovingly manufactured

Campus News
Television, with its proven power to market pop music, was the raison d'être of “The Partridge Family,” and by extension Cassidy's career. With the massive success of The Monkees – the pre-fab four whose records outsold The Beatles during their commercial peak years in the mid-1960s while starring in a TV show of the ...
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                                                        NBC Southern
                                                        California

Celebrate 50 Years: The Queen Mary in Long Beach

NBC Southern California
You might have been listening to "Daydream Believer" from The Monkees, if you were into current tunes. Perhaps you were anticipating the December debuts of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "The Graduate," if you're a cinephile. Or were you setting up your aluminum Christmas tree in the den, the one with the ...
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                                                        Mississippi
                                                        Daily Journal

'I want to ride my bicycle/I want to ride my bike'

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Sitting forward on its banana seat, zenned out, pedaling in rhythm to the Monkees' “Last Train To Clarksville” playing in my head, I was stardust. My dad was the preacher at a small Tennessee church, and we lived in the adjacent parsonage. Between us was the church's circular driveway and parking lot. My brother and I ...
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                                                        NJ.com

You don't have to have been a hippie to get 'Groovy'

NJ.com
And access isn't enough of an explanation as to why the Monkees warrant more than 10 pages, but Jerry Garcia and the rest of the Dead have to be grateful for mere, occasional mentions. Still this is a fun, colorful book, crammed with interviews and interesting art. Save a place for it under the Christmas tree - or next to your ...
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Max Weinberg, E Street drummer, plays Newton Saturday

Daily Record
Other artists frequently requested include the Beatles, the Monkees and Neil Diamond. Weinberg said he even enjoys playing songs that are not necessarily drum-oriented. He noted his affection for “Summer Song” by Chad and Jeremy. “It's not a big drum part, but I love that song,” he said. Interestingly, one particular artist ...

Daydream Believer is Princess Eugenie's favorite music

Kaplan Herald
Princess Eugenie has revealed how her mother would sing The Monkees 'Daydream Believer' to her when she became carsick as a child. In an exclusive interview the Queen's granddaughter has revealed that her fondest musical memory was having the Duchess of York sing to her when she became unwell on long car ...
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                                                        Yahoo News

'A Few Good Men' 25th flashback: Rob Reiner shares true story ...

Yahoo News
In his pre-fame Hollywood days, Nicholson alternated acting jobs with writing gigs on such '60s B-movies as Flight to Fury and the Monkees cult classic Head, and he brought that early experience to Reiner's set. “Every single morning, I'd go to Jack's trailer, and whatever scene we were working on that day, we'd go over it ...

Daydream Believer is Princess Eugenie's favorite track

Kaplan Herald
Princess Eugenie has revealed how her mother would sing The Monkees 'Daydream Believer' to her when she became carsick as a child. In an exclusive interview the Queen's granddaughter has revealed that her fondest musical memory was having the Duchess of York sing to her when she became unwell on long car ...
 


December 8, 2017

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The Million Dollar Playground

TheJambar.com
As music tastes shifted from big band to rock and roll, the park began to book new groups, including The Eagles and The Monkees. Despite the musical influence, it wasn't the only major draw. In the article, Shale details the role athletics played as well. During the 1920s, the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates played ...
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Hear The Tribe's New Cover of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?', with ...

Rock Cellar Magazine
The project, led by producer/arranger John Pratt and engineered by Matt Ross, features an all-star cast of more than 20 musicians & 30 singers including Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Ken Stacey (Ambrosia), Marcella Detroit (Eric Clapton), actor/singer Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure), Carnie ...

What's Happening today and beyond

Midland Daily News
An Evening with Micky Dolenz from the Monkees is set for 7 p.m. at The State Theatre, 913 Washington Ave., Bay City. Tickets, $57-67. statetheatrebaycity.com. Dec. 16-17. Enjoy an old fashioned Victorian Christmas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday as you explore the 1874 Bradley Home decked out ...
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