If you’re a child of the 50’s, you’ll remember him as the child actor star of the TV show, “Circus Boy.” He was known as Mickey Braddock then.
Most of us, though, remember him as Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. He turns 72 Wednesday.
Dubbed as America’s answer to the Beatles, most of the Monkees’ 19 hits came from 1966 to 1969. In 1967, the Monkees actually outsold the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined. The Monkees had three #1’s with “Last Train To Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer” and this their biggest hit…
Neil Diamond wrote “I’m A Believer,” a hit in late 1966 and early 1967. This was about the time that the Monkees spent 31 straight weeks at #1 on the LP chart with “The Monkees” (13 weeks) and “More Of The Monkees” (18 weeks). Later on, Michael Nesmith and the First National Band had four early 1970’s hits, most notably “Joanne.” Dolenz and Peter Tork had a comeback Top 40 hit in 1986 with “That Was Then, This Is Now”…
Two controversies were often linked to the Monkees. One was how they may or may not have played the instruments on their hits. Dolenz, for instance, knew how to play a guitar but was cast as the Monkees’ drummer. So, he had to learn quickly how to play the drums.
The other controversy centered over the 400 or so performers who tried out for the Monkees…and how one of them was Charles Manson. That was a total falsehood…because during the tryout period, Manson was in prison for a probation violation.
“I just made a joke about it,” Dolenz said. “I said, ‘Everybody auditioned for the Monkees…Stephen Stills, Paul Williams and Charles Manson.’ And everybody took it as gospel. And now it’s an urban myth!”
Two other people may have started the Manson rumor. Davy Jones claimed he started it when he was alive. Another story is that a Los Angeles area Disc Jockey started the whole thing.