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!


June 26, 2017
UPDATE:  This week on MonkeeVision:  Extended footage from the Monkees 20th Anniversary Tour!
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                                                        Brooklyn Vegan
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1967's best rock bands still touring (The Who, Dead, Beatles ...

Brooklyn Vegan (blog)
The Monkees toured last year and hopefully will again, though Peter Tork of The Monkees is touring with Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone, including a ...
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                                                        Billboard

'Waltons' Star Jon Walmsley on His Blues-Inspired Album ...

Billboard
“Oddly, the first time I had ever heard this song was at a Monkees concert in 1967. My parents took me – at this point I was already playing guitar and acting – to ...
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                                                        Complete Music
                                                        Update

Warner/Chappell signs XTC co-founder

Complete Music Update
... had a much more eclectic career as a songwriter, collaborating with artists like Terry Hall, Charlotte Hatherley, Miles Kane, Jamie Cullum and The Monkees.
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                                                        Reading Eagle

Audio review: Willie Nile

Reading Eagle
... a cover of the Move's "Blackberry Way," which sounds like what would result if the Beatles' "Penny Lane" and the Monkees' "Daydream Believer" had a baby.
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                                                        LA Daily News

Steve Smith: A review of the Moody Blues at the Hollywood Bowl, a ...

LA Daily News
Because of the huge success of their TV show, The Monkees, who had only just begun to actually play shows, were suddenly the biggest concert draw in the ...
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                                                        NJ.com

Why classic rock is so big in NJ this summer

NJ.com
Among Mayo's summer line-up: The Righteous Brothers, the 50 Summers of Love tour featuring Micky Dolenz of the Monkees and the Happy Together tour ...
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                                                        Chicago Daily
                                                        Herald

Ron Onesti: Backups who moved to the front

Chicago Daily Herald
The success of the Monkees made him change it! So Bowie meets John Lennon at a party thrown by Elizabeth Taylor and less than a year later, Lennon sings ...
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                                                        Buffalo News

Kristin Gilmet sinks into Italian beat pop

Buffalo News
We do an Italian version of the Monkees song, "I'm a Believer," but the translation is "I'm a Liar," which kind of works if you read it in Italian. Everyone in the '60s ...
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                                                        New Jersey
                                                        Stage

Centenary Stage Presents Drive: A Tribute to the Cars as part of ...

New Jersey Stage
Drawing from her early inspirations of watching Tracy on The Partridge Family and Davy Jones from The Monkees on television, Cronin recounts her early ...
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                                                        FYI Music News

High School Confidential Earns A SOCAN Awards Diploma

FYI Music News
Staples and Pope made the Village People look like the Monkees they were, and, perhaps, enabled k.d. lang, Jann Arden and Carly Rae Jepsen be who they ...


June 23, 2017

Carrington Macduffie Covers the Monkees' 'Sweet Young Thing'

Broadway World
"Sweet Young Thing" was originally released as a B-side track for The Monkees self-titled album, released by Colgems Records in October of 1966. The song ...
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                                                        Billboard

From 'Making the Band' to Nickelodeon: TV-Made Boy Bands, Ranked

Billboard
They were essentially a 21st century Monkees, which they totally nailed with their silly antics on the show and likability both on camera and on stage — they just ...
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                                                        Centralia
                                                        Chronicle

Fair to Feature Free Entertainment Options and All-New Grandstand ...

Centralia Chronicle
Free music shows will include Lacy J. Dalton, the Sounds of Swing, and tribute bands to the Beatles, The Monkees, Van Halen and Tom Petty. Hayes noted that ...
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                                                        NorthJersey.com

A popular cover band knows how to show North Jersey a good time

NorthJersey.com
Wilson displays these characteristics throughout his animated set at the Picco Tavern, channeling everything from the Monkees' infectious pop to Mumford and ...
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                                                        Minneapolis Star
                                                        Tribune

Twin Cities concerts of the week: En Vogue at Pride, Dale Watson ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
An underappreciated guitarist, Campbell did studio work with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Monkees and many others before launching his singing career.
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                                                        Bustle

Rachel Bloom Is Trying To Make You Uncomfortable

Bustle
... from years and years and years, stem from our bodies telling us to reproduce,” she offers as “I'm A Believer” by the Monkees plays softly in the background.
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                                                        Mirror.co.uk

'Dad's in his own world now, but still has music in his soul: Glen ...

Mirror.co.uk
... sessions with Elvis, Bobby Darrin and The Righteous Brothers and he can be heard on Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night and The Monkees I'm a Believer.
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                                                        DJ Mag

Happy Accidents: The gear that changed electronic music by mistake

DJ Mag
... affluent and experimental musicians — living mostly in studios and on records by The Doors, Diana Ross (pictured below) & The Supremes and The Monkees.


June 22, 2017
UPDATE:  This week on MonkeeRadio:  In the late 2000s, this TV musical burst onto screens, and had immediate success!
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                                                      Red Dirt Report

Of cats and eclipses ...

Red Dirt Report
Still, it is weird, on what has been a first day of summer - summer solstice - I'll leave y'all with The Monkees track "You Bring the Summer (link is external)." ...
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                                                        Philly.com

Neil Diamond, with hits and a message of inclusion on his 50th ...

Philly.com
Along with penning sure-fire pop hits such as “I'm A Believer” for the Monkees — a highlight that got the crowd up and bopping — Diamond has recorded plenty ...



June 21, 2017

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                                                        York Times

New Sentences: From 'Infinite Tuesday,' by Michael Nesmith

New York Times
From Michael Nesmith's “Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff” (Crown Archetype, 2017, Page 39), an account of the former Monkee's circuitous route ...

CARRINGTON MACDUFFIE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF ...

PR Urgent (press release)
“Sweet Young Thing” was originally released as a B-side track for The Monkees self-titled album, released by Colgems Records in October of 1966. The song ...
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                                                        Spencer Daily
                                                        Reporter

Everything old is new again

Spencer Daily Reporter
... salad plate-sized 45s, could be neatly stacked in the console, it was unwieldy to haul around one's entire collection of Bobby Sherman, Beach Boys, Monkees ...
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                                                        Idolator

Inside The Wrecking Crew: The Most Famous Band You've Never ...

Idolator
... was composed of studio musicians who played with groups including The Byrds, The Righteous Brothers, The Mamas and The Papas, and the Monkees.
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                                                        Long Island
                                                        Weekly News

Neil Diamond Celebrates His Golden Years

Long Island Weekly News
... other people's covers ranging from the Monkees (a rather straightforward “I'm a Believer”) to UB40 (Diamond's reading adopted the reggae arrangement of the ...


June 20, 2017
UPDATE: This week on Open Mic:  I don't think the yuppie with the nicotine habit is impressed.
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                                                        Next Avenue

Holding On to the Wonder of the Summer of Love

Next Avenue
The Monkees' Pleasant Valley Sunday topped the charts in August, presenting overt countercultural themes to the millions of young boomers who placed the ...
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                                                        Daily Herald

Revisiting the mockumentary for die-hard Sex Pistols fans

The Daily Herald
McLaren was the Pistols' manager, having created them in much the same manner as the Monkees had been put together 10 years before. The posthumous ...

John Lloyd Young, HAIR in Concert and More Set for 'Summer of ...

Broadway World
Performers include The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, The 5th Dimension's Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., folk singer ...
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                                                        Premier Guitar

Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Team Up

Premier Guitar
... including a country classic, Dave Dudley's “Six Days on the Road,” and “Take a Giant Step,” a tune Carole King and Gerry Goffin had written for the Monkees.
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                                                        Ten Eyewitness
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Beautiful times: The Broadway smash hit bringing the master of ...

Ten Eyewitness News
... walked into a New York record studio and began creating number one singles for music's biggest acts, from the Drifters, to the Monkees, to James Taylor.
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