In the fall of 1965, Micky was one of 400 applicants who responded to a trade ad that announced auditions for a new TV show about a rock band. He auditioned for The Monkees’ TV show by playing and singing Chuck Berry’s legendary rocker Johnny B. Goode. He was chosen for the show along with three other actors: Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork.
The Monkees' debut single, Last Train to Clarksville, featuring Micky on lead vocals, hit the charts on September 10, 1966 and rocketed to number one. Two days later, the television show debuted on NBC to great success.
Micky and his fellow TV bandmates went on to become a real live rock band. They toured North America and the UK in 1967 that featured (at Micky’s invite, following the Monterey Pop Festival) none other than guitar legend Jimi Hendrix as the opening act for the first few dates.
The Monkees also went on to star in their own feature film, Head, a 1968 psychedelic romp directed by the TV series’ co-creator Bob Rafelson from a script co-written by a young Jack Nicholson. The movie is now considered a cult classic.
In 1977, Micky flew to London to star in the West End production of the musical The Point! written by singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson. He planned to stay three months. Instead, he remained in England for twelve years. During that time, he honed his behind-the-camera skills by working as a producer-director for the BBC and London Weekend Television.
In 1986, MTV re-broadcast episodes of The Monkees, exposing a whole new generation to the show. Freshly back to the States, Micky joined former Monkees' bandmate Peter Tork to record new tracks for Arista Records. The first single, That Was Then, This Is Now, became The Monkees’ first Top 20 record since 1968. Micky, Peter and Davy Jones then subsequently reunited for a stellar 1986 summer tour, so successful that it sparked the reissue of all Monkees' classic LPs, as well as Pool It!
At one point in 1987, there were seven Monkees' albums on Billboard's Top 200 LPs chart. By 1996, The Monkees again joined together; this time, for a "30th Year Reunion" summer tour across America.
Ultimately, The Monkees achieved their greatest success not as a TV show but as viable recording artists; selling in excess of 65 million units, and achieving worldwide success. Their first four albums—The Monkees (1966); More of The Monkees (1967); Headquarters (1967); and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd. (1967) all reached the number-one position on the charts and launched three number-one singles: Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer (both with lead vocals by Micky), and Daydream Believer. The group's first five albums also went platinum.
In 1993, Micky's autobiography I'm A Believer: My Life Of Monkees, Music, and Madness was published. Micky has also spent time acting (The Drew Carey Show, Days Of Our Lives, and General Hospital); directing (Boy Meets World for ABC/Disney, and Pacific Blue for USA Networks); on the road in theatrical productions, and touring with his own band featuring his sister, Coco Dolenz.
Actor, singer, director, producer, writer, radio DJ, inventor, and all-around performer extraordinaire, Micky Dolenz stands tall as a paragon of taste and accomplishment in the rough-and-tumble world of show business and entertainment. And oh, by the way - he remains a believer.
The Voice of The Monkees!
Saturday, June 3, 2017 8pm
Tickets: $44 - $59
Micky Dolenz IS the voice of The Monkees. The unmistakable performer that moved a generation and led this pop culture phenomena to a dozen Top 20 singles, four #1 albums and two Emmy Awards. Micky brings a one-of-a-kind presence to the stage. Along with a full band, he will perform hit songs like I’m a Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone, Daydream Believer and Pleasant Valley Sunday.