THE GREAT GOLDEN HITS OF THE MONKEES NORTH AMERICAN/FAR EAST TOUR Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart (July 1975 - March 1977)
THE SET LIST
DJBH setlists varied from night to night, but usually consisted of:
Last Train to Clarksville Medley: Valleri/Daydream Believer/A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight? (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone I Wanna Be Free I Remember the Feeling Savin' My Love for You Medley: Come a Little Bit Closer/Pretty Little Angel Eyes/Hurt So Bad/ Peaches 'N' Cream/Something's Wrong With Me/Keep on Singing Pleasant Valley Sunday A Teenager in Love Right Now She Alice Long I Love You (And I'm Glad That I Said It) Action I'm a Believer (Theme from) The Monkees Cuddly Toy I'm a Believer (reprise)
Also possibly performed on various nights was "Out and About."
The Monkees in the mid-1970s
In 1975, Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter gathered together to consider several offers to reunite The Monkees. A possible tour was also discussed, but Michael and Peter both rejected the plans for different reasons. "We met up at my house, up in the Hollywood Hills," Micky told Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval. "I think it was William Morris [agency] or something expressed an interest in putting the act back together. Everybody was very enthusiastic about it on the surface. You know, 'Oh great, great idea,' but when it got down to the nitty gritty there were too many conflicting feelings and attitudes....Actually I remember it being really excting. We all got together for the first time in quite a few years in the same room and there was a hell of a buzz." Davy also spoke about a potential Monkees reunion at the time with reporter Ivor Davis. "We did try to get together again. We could have picked up £100,000 [pounds] to reunite for just one hamburger commercial. Peter and Mike said no." Although the meeting was a positive and friendly event, The Monkees did not reform. However, Dolenz and Jones were interested in working together again and instead turned to Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart (DJBH) was the idea of Christian DeWalden, a music publisher and producer and a friend of Bobby Hart. After the failed attempt to reunite The Monkees, Dolenz and Jones subsequently agreed to tour alongside Hart and Tommy Boyce. Boyce and Hart were responsible for writing and producing some of The Monkees' greatest hits ("Last Train to Clarksville," "Steppin' Stone," "Valleri" and more), and had a successful recording career of their own. The foursome toured as The Great Golden Hits of The Monkees - The Guys Who Wrote 'Em and the Guys Who Sang 'Em. Their concert combined Monkees classics, new material, and Boyce and Hart hits. The band appeared on American Bandstand, The Mike Douglas Show, Dinah!, and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (seen below in a YouTube video) to promote their activities.
The 1976 studio album
The group made its first public appearance on July 4, 1975 at Six Flags Old Glory Amphitheatre in St. Louis, Missouri, where they were met by a large and enthusiastic crowd. Onstage, Micky would occasionally play acoustic guitar while Davy played the tambourine on a few songs. Boyce and Hart would also play guitar throughout the show. The backing band included Keith Allison (guitar and backing vocals), Rick Tierny (bass), Steve Johnson (keyboards), and Jerry Summers (drums). Keith Allison was a friend of Michael Nesmith's in the early 1960s and worked with Boyce and Hart on their albums. Allison was also featured as a session musician on several Monkees recordings.
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart toured North America before heading to Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. An album of all new material, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart, was released in May 1976 on Capitol Records. The first single, "I Remember the Feeling," became a minor hit on the West Coast in the United States and was a concert highlight during this era. (The promotional video for the song is available below.) Unfortunately, Al Coury, vice president of Capitol Records who signed DJBH, left the label just before the LP was released, leaving the band with little support or promotional efforts put behind the album. However, in mid-1976 the foursome filmed a television special (directed by Dolenz) called The Great Golden Hits of The Monkees, which showcased the band performing musical numbers and comedy skits. The TV special was syndicated and aired across the United States in 1977. A videocassette of the special was sold in the United Kingdom and Japan in the early 1980s.
Peter Tork joins DJBH onstage in 1976 (From the collection of Fred Velez)
Peter Tork made a guest appearance with DJBH onstage at California's Disneyland on July 4, 1976 (audio of which can be heard below in a YouTube video). As DJBH came to a close, Micky, Davy, and Peter reunited in the recording studio with ex-Monkees producer Chip Douglas to record a holiday single, "Christmas Is My Time of Year." The single's flipside was "White Christmas," and it was distributed through mail order by Douglas' private label. ("Christmas Is My Time of Year" can be heard below in an unofficial YouTube video.)
A live recording of a DJBH show, Concert in Japan (recorded on July 20, 1976 at Yubin Chokin Hall in Tokyo, Japan), was initially available only in Japan in 1981. The album was eventually distributed on compact disc in the United States in 1996.
By March 1977, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart had disbanded. While Tommy and Bobby went back to their songwriting careers, Micky and Davy formed a new act (with Micky's sister Coco) and were occasionally backed by a group called The Laughing Dogs. In September 1977, Micky and Davy traveled to England to begin rehearsals for Harry Nilsson's stage production of The Point.