After Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart disbanded, Micky and Davy continued to work together and formed a new act that played clubs in 1977. Micky's sister, Coco, joined the duo on the road. Coco, of course, has been a part of The Monkees' touring band since 2012. Here's a promotional photo that Coco shared on her Facebook page from her days with Micky and Davy:
The first episode of the television series that was filmed (after the pilot) was "Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth." Production began on May 31, 1966 and was completed by early June. "Gift Horse" became the 8th episode of the series, airing on NBC on October 31, 1966. It featured two Michael Nesmith originals, "Papa Gene's Blues" and "All The King's Horses."
(From TV Gold Spotlight on The Monkees - summer 1987)
I'd like to highly recommend the latest issue of Record Collector, featuring The Monkees on the cover and available for purchase through the magazine's website, and also as a download to the 'Newsstand' app on your iPad. To everyone in the United States and outside of the UK - this is a British magazine, and it might be tough to locate!
There are four articles in total about The Monkees, combining for eleven pages in the issue. The first two pieces were written by longtime Monkees fan and British broadcaster Iain Lee, who is the co-producer of the new vinyl LP set celebrating Micky's early 1970s singles on MGM Records. "Daydream Achiever" is a fascinating look behind how the MGM Singles Collection came to fruition:
Iain's companion piece focuses on his favorite Monkees bootlegs, including The Monkees Live in Japan 1968 and Peter Tork Live at CBGB's:
Next up is "The Byrds, The Beatles And The Monkees," written by Beatles author Spencer Leigh:
Finally, noted music writer Ken Sharp examines The Monkees in "From Puppets To A Band With A Porpoise."
Arriving in London on June 28, 1967, The Monkees held their first group press conference before the shows at Wembley. Five concerts were played there between June 30 and July 2 in front of audiences of 10,000 at each show. Below is newly released footage of the group's arrival in London and of the press conference, seen in color for the first time (to my knowledge). Thanks to Iain Lee for the heads up!
Here's some items from the Live Almanac's archive covering The Monkees on tour in England in 1967: