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Monkees Elected to Hall of Fame

Filed under: Current Events — Torka @ 12:21 pm

While one bozo with a stick up his butt has managed to single-handedly keep The Monkees out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, our favorite Pre-Fab Four were the top vote-getters for the 2014 class in America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame. (Yay!)

Congratulations to Peter, Micky, Mike and Davy on this honor. It’s a real shame Davy didn’t live to see it. I think he would have been honored. I wonder if they get any kind of trophy or award they can put on their mantels or bookshelves. I think it would look great sitting there next to their Hollywood Walk of Fame star. 🙂

Besides The Monkees, members of this year’s class include Chicago, The Bee Gees, Buddy Holly, Elton John, Carole King, the Platters, Simon & Garfunkel and the Supremes, among others. Previous inductees include The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton and Stevie Wonder.

So now all the America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame folks have to do is build a bigger and better museum than the “other” Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and justice will have been served. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Jann Wenner.

(No, I’m not bitter at all. Why do you ask? 😉 )

You can find out more from the press release.


Hey, Hey

Filed under: Monkee Mentions — Torka @ 11:36 am

Love this article by Amy Lawrence over at the Manufacturing Business Technology site.

I mean, how can you not like an article about how customer service can affect a company’s sales that starts off like this:

Over the summer, I finally fulfilled a lifelong dream — I met the Monkees.

Ms. Lawrence goes on to make some great points about how price, quality and customer service all play into making a sale, but for her, great customer service is key. But it’s the Monkees tie-in that really makes the article stand out, IMO.

She makes the point that one reason the Monkees have lasted so long in the business is because they know how to treat their fans. Of course, it’s impossible to please everybody, but our favorite guys have done better than many in that regard. And it shows in their fans’ loyalty.

That’s a lesson a lot of businesses need to learn.

H.T. to my friend Zan for bringing this article to my attention!


They’re Everywhere!

Filed under: Monkee Mentions — Torka @ 10:02 pm

I was just listening to the bluegrass music channel on DirecTV after supper, and within the space of about an hour they played bluegrass versions of Last Train to Clarksville and What Am I Doin’ Hangin’ Round?

Pretty cool, eh?

My son was surprised to hear Last Train. He couldn’t believe somebody had made a bluegrass version. I told him Monkees songs had been done in almost every musical style you could imagine: bluegrass, jazz, punk. He was even more surprised.

He didn’t even recognize What Am I Doin’ until I pointed it out to him. (But since he’s only 10 and a relatively new Monkee fan, he’s excused… this time.)


R.I.P. Davy

Filed under: Current Events — Torka @ 1:33 pm

As shocking as it may be, it appears to be confirmed that Davy Jones passed away the morning of February 29, 2012 of a heart attack while in Florida. He was 66 years old.

We will greatly miss him!


Micky at Beatle Fan Fest

Filed under: Current Events — Torka @ 11:46 am

If you’re in the New York metro area, or if you can arrange to be there March 23-25, check out Micky Dolenz appearing at The Fest for Beatle Fans. The Fest will be at the NJ Crowne Plaza Meadowlands Hotel in Secaucus, which I can tell you from experience is pretty easy to find and has plenty of free parking.

Tickets range from $30 (for Friday only) to $96 (for all three days). They’re not posting the schedule until sometime in March, so if you only want to go for the day that Micky is there, you might want to wait until then to buy your ticket.

But if you’re at all a Beatles fan as well as a Monkees fan, you might want to spring for the whole schmeer. They’ve got a lot of guests, tribute bands, and a big ol’ dealer room with tons of memorabilia — Beatles (of course), but also Monkees and other nostalgic items from the 50s on. A dedicated shopper might be able to spend the entire weekend visiting one dealer booth after another. 😉


Getting The Lads Back Together

Filed under: Monkee Mentions,Recollections — Torka @ 1:06 pm

I recall back when this commercial first came out. Monkeefans were thrilled! See, I grew up in the days when the Prefab 4 getting any sort of respect was rare. It was a fairly new experience for us first and second generation fans back then for our boys to be considered such a well-recognized part of American pop culture. Plus, we were easily thrilled.

Ahh, memories…

Although I’d say Ringo was wrong — they were the right lads after all. 😉

Paul McCartney Sings

Filed under: Monkee Mentions — Torka @ 12:51 pm

Could this be the ultimate Monkee mention? Awesome, totally awesome.


Terrifying English Breathing

Filed under: Monkee Mentions — Torka @ 2:40 pm

This is just too funny… you need to watch the whole thing, really, but pay special attention around the three minute mark or so.


Smithsonian Channel

Filed under: Current Events — Torka @ 10:49 pm

Do you get the Smithsonian Channel on your cable or satellite? If so, check out this show: Making The Monkees. From the description on the Smithsonian Channel website:

In 1967, four unknown actors in a low budget, teen-oriented TV show became the biggest pop music act in the world. In America, they outsold Elvis and The Beatles combined. They were The Monkees, and they weren’t a band in any true sense – at least at first. They were a money-making machine driven by ego and ambition, a machine that would ultimately crash and burn in a storm of greed, hurt feelings, and legal wrangling. This is the inside story of pop music’s first manufactured band.

According to the site, the show will air on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 6:00pm. There’s a second showing scheduled for Monday, November 14, at 3:00am, and another on Saturday, November 26 at 7:00pm.

I don’t know that they’ll come up with anything a hard-core Monkee fan doesn’t already know, but it’s still good to see the story of the group showing up on TV. If you can, be sure to give it a watch!


Satan’s Backyard Thaws Out

Filed under: Current Events — Torka @ 7:59 pm

Well, the weather forecast for hell indicates rapidly warming temperatures. The remainder of the Monkees’ tour has been canceled “for business reasons.”

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I’m a bit bummed, because I wasn’t able to make it to any of their appearances for this tour. I was planning to attend the show at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) over in Durham NC on September 1… but now that show (like all the rest) isn’t going to happen.

Oh, well, having seen literally hundreds of Monkees, Peter Tork solo and Shoe Suede Blues shows over the years, I guess I shouldn’t complain, eh?

Guess it’s time to toddle over to and check for upcoming shows!

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