David Pearl was a friend of Mike's from Texas who eventually moved to California and immediately became involved in the Monkees project. Through Nez, Pearl became Peter's stand-in on The Monkees' television show and was often seen as an extra on many of the episodes. He also became very good friends with Davy. This article comes from the November 1967 issue of 16 Magazine.
Over 1,400 Monkees fans have made their voices heard in the Live Almanac's latest poll - and the group's fourth album, 1967's Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.,easily takes the top spot for favorite Monkees album cover. Rounding out the top three were Headquartersand Instant Replay.
The cover of the Pisces album was designed by Bernard Yeszin, who was also responsible for the cover photograph on The Monkees' debut LP. The Live Almanac previously covered the history of the Pisces album cover from Bernard's perspective. And the album that placed last in the poll, The Monkees Present, has an interesting backstory, too.
Be sure to take a moment to vote in the new poll (in the blog sidebar to the right), which asks about your two favorite songs from Micky's MGM era.
"I see the most when the sun is behind me. The only occlusion then is my own shadow. Looking directly in the sun blinds me. I have to close my eyes and feel the warmth and radiation of light, but I am informed by what I see when that light is behind me and illumines the way before me, like a guiding hand.
So it is with The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora. Her hair is arrayed before me now like the wandering highways across a southwestern desert in North America, but it is a global and universal phenomenon I share with people everywhere. Writing is my way forward along these roads since they are infinite in their possibilities, and I can go where I will.
To that end I have begun writing the Little Horse lectures, as a continuation of the journey that Nez started years ago. These lectures were actually written when I wrote LSHONZ but they were not part of that narrative as far as pushing a story line along, so I set them aside.
Recently I opened them up and gave them a comb and rinse, so to speak, and looked to see where they might take me.
It has not been a helpful idea to announce things I am working on, but there has always been a thought that pushes forward the idea of sharing the process and allowing the credit to fall where it is due; to open up these roads and let other travelers see where they lead me, since I have almost no idea most of the time where I am going, and it makes for good conversation.
It will be a year or so before the Little Horse lectures sort themselves out, and I can see the landscape they lead to and occupy, but I have it on my list of things to do. I have started work. Each day I wake up, look for a moment at the sun, feel the Rays, then turn and see what they are revealing.
All this also by way of saying that Listen to the Band is in a happy home now, and among people who seem to welcome it and love it and can do a great job of publishing it. No, I can’t say yet who that is, but suffice to say I am well pleased at how this is turning out, and am working hard to be patient and let LTTB unfold the way LSHONZ is. Having landed in America in a happy home LTTB is now off to the Frankfurt book fair, to meet other editors and publishers.
It is on the first step of its thousand mile journey, just like all of us.
Infinitia, on the other hand has come home. We start shipping the First Edition a week from Monday.
Recorded in 1987, Davy's "Hanging By A Thread" was written by Jerry Goldsmith, who enjoyed a career as a noted film composer. The song was the B-side to Davy's 1989 single "Don't Go" (released exclusively on cassette tape) and appeared on Davy's Just For The Record CD anthology in 1996. Davy performed the song live in concert during the 1989 North American/Japanese Monkees tour, and in solo appearances in the early 1990s.
"The Garden was nominated for a Grammy in 1995 as best New Age album. It was in the New Age category because I didn’t have clue what category to put it in so NARAS just put it in New Age. It didn’t win the Grammy that year – but the nomination was very satisfying even though I didn’t then, and don’t now, know what New Age is.
I finally finished The Ocean – the final part of The Prison, The Garden and The Ocean trilogy. The trilogy is titled Infinitia. The limited (200), numbered, and signed First Edition boxed set of Infinitia ships October 12th – and were available for pre-order about 24 hours ago. As I write this there are a few left.
Following that First Edition shipment the regular Infinitia box set of all three, Prison, Garden, Ocean, – as well as the Ocean CD solo album and CD download will be available and ship around the first week of November.
I’ll submit The Ocean to NARAS, but again, I have no idea what category to submit it for. It’s taken forty years for this trilogy to come to life and in that forty years I still don’t quite know what New Age Music is. I don’t think of Infinitia as New Age – I’m not sure what category it fits – only that I’m very happy this is done. It feels like a chapter has closed and a door has finally opened.
Everything I mention here is, or will be, available at Videoranch.com – and the other usual outlets that we have come to know and love. Naturally I will be most happy to see you at Videoranch.com."
Here's a Monkees photo book in my collection that comes from Japan. It's dated 1967, and from what I can tell, it is from that year and wasn't published during the early '80s resurgence of The Monkees in Japan.
Micky and Davy (along with Micky's sister, Coco) performed a series of shows at New York's Riverboat Cafe (in the Empire State Building) in 1977. Thanks to Irene for submitting her photos from the show to the Live Almanac!