Host Terri Lynn Coop is pleased to serve up Mike Ventrella and Mark Arnold and their look at the 1960s pop culture phenomenon - The Monkees. Their book Long Title: Looking for the Good Times; Examining the Monkees' Songs, One by One, is hot off the grill.
“Here we come. Walking down the street. We get the funniest looks from everyone we meet. Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees!” The idea of creating a TV series about a wacky rock group similar to The Beatles had been unsuccessfully kicked around Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures since 1962, but by 1965, The Beatles were on their second tour and their Help! album, single, and tour created a popularity wave called Beatlemania. The enormous success of their A Hard Day’s Night album and single convinced Screen Gems to green light the tv series idea and The Monkees were born.
Fake became steak by late 1966, and with help from super musicians Tommy Boyce, Bobby Bart, Neil Diamond, Chip Douglas, Carole King, John Stewart, and others, the series skyrocketed to hit status along with #1 music albums and hit singles.
Authors Michael A. Ventrella and Mark Arnold now analyze all The Monkees' songs and albums produced over 50 years. Discover the band’s detailed history, a listing of all live performances and TV appearances, and a listing of all of their singles and albums that made the Billboard charts.
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