Micky Dolenz
actor, musician
Micky Dolenz
George Michael "Micky" Dolenz, Jr. is an American actor, musician, television director, radio personality and theater director, best known as a member of the 1960s made-for-television band The Monkees.
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Micky Dolenz of Monkees fame blows away Fermilab scientists with his knowledge
Chicago Times - 7 days
As you can imagine, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory gets lots of really smart visitors to its Batavia site, among them high-ranking politicians and some of the world's top scientists, including Nobel Prize winners. But Fermilab staff members were so excited about last week's guest, many of...
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Watch: The Monkees Talk New Album 'Good Times'
ABC News - 9 months
Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork are live in Times Square talking about their latest work.
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Monkees' new album features rockstar guest list
Fox News - 10 months
Monkees singer Micky Dolenz has a new album coming out at the end of May that boasts a list of impressive names, including Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, in what he describes as an “Old World meets the New World kind of thing.”
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Micky Dolenz on The Monkees' 50th anniversary
Fox News - about 1 year
Face2Face: Micky Dolenz
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Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor Unite For Intimate New York Show
Popeater - over 3 years
NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Another Rolling Stones rumor bites the dust. Hours before Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood took the stage with former band member Mick Taylor at a club in Manhattan on Saturday night, a crowd gathered outside amid speculation that they would be joined by fellow guitarist Keith Richards and, possibly, Mick Jagger. Inside the Cutting Room was a mix of celebs — musician and actor Steven Van Zandt, Monkees member Micky Dolenz, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, among others. But the standing-room-only crowd of a few hundred got what was originally promised: A 90-minute set of guitar-grinding Jimmy Reed blues songs from Wood and Taylor. The duo played a few shows at the club earlier in the week, too, tearing into the likes of "Bright Lights Big City" and "Going to New York."
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Daydream Believers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
At the start of November 1966, The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with Last Train to Clarksville, the group's first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group's early recordings. Are we bothered? So, where did these four cheeky, floppy-haired wannabes come from? In September 1965, the Hollywood Reporter ran the following advertisement: "Madness folk and roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for four insane boys." The Monkees were born. These were the days when the seeds of Pop Idol and X Factor had yet to germinate in the mind of a five-year-old Simon Fuller. Englishman Davy Jones was a former jockey who had achieved some initial success on the musical stage (in 1964, Jones appeared with the cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show the night of the Beatles' live American debut). Texan Michael Nesmith had served a brief stin ...
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Tony Sachs: Micky Dolenz Talks About The Monkees Present... And The Monkees' Future
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's kind of amazing to realize that the Monkees in their original incarnation were around for less than four years, from the debut of their TV show and their first hit single, "Last Train To Clarksville," in the fall of 1966 until remaining members Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones finally threw in the towel in 1970 (the other Monkees, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork, had already left). During that time they managed to crank out nine albums, tour the world a few times, make a creatively adventurous but commercially disastrous movie (Head), and of course film two seasons of a TV show that, every time it gets aired again, creates a new generation of fans. Which is why the Monkees have never really gone away. Every few years, two or three members of the "Prefab Four" have hit the road, playing the old hits and occasionally even some newer songs; they did an album of new material in the '80s and again in the '90s. And the old songs keep getting reissued in ever more comprehensive pac ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Music previews for the week of August 14-20. WEDNESDAY 8/14 YEAH YEAH YEAHS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR (Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) See My, What a Busy Week! CLOUD CONTROL, ELLIS PINK, SWAHILI (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Cloud Control. INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW: THE ZAGS, DON'T, 302, THE LONESOMES, ANNY CELSI, CHRISTOPHER REYNE (Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Local power-pop up-and-comers the Zags have only been around since the beginning of the summer, but their lone recording, the can't-believe-it's-not-Squeeze "It's Over," has already earned them a considerable amount of buzz among this city's pop litterateurs. While it's difficult to write extensively about a band with such a limited output, it's easy to see the Zags' star-spangled trajectory: clocking in at just over two minutes (if you need any longer than that to make your point in the realm of pop music, you're doing it wron ...
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On the Road Again: The Monkees, after Davy
USA Today - over 3 years
Hey, hey, it's Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
TGIF everyone here's my Top 5 for March 8, 2013 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits The greatest reliever in baseball history, Mariano Rivera of the Yankees, is expected to announce tomorrow that he's retiring after the season. St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal will be lost for the season to "Tommy John surgery." Burning bridges. Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, now with the Dodgers, calls the Boston media "The worst thing I've ever experienced in my life." Logjam. Five golfers are tied for the lead at 6-under 66 after one round at Doral: Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell and Freddie Jacobson. There's no freedom of speech among NASCAR drivers. Denny Hamlin was fined25-thousand for disparaging comments about the new cars they're using. Hamlin says he won't pay up. Make up your mind already. The NCAA says it will now be OK for Boise State football players to wear all-blue uniforms on their blue field. And in wo ...
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Music Community Helps Town Heal After Massacre
Huffington Post - about 4 years
HARTFORD, Conn. — When 6-year-old Dylan Hockley was memorialized at a service following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, his parents were especially moved by one song. A writer, Dushyanthi Satchi, had reworked the lyrics to the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah," from Dylan's favorite movie, "Shrek." "Dylan's Hallelujah" begins, "It's calm, it's clear, it's a peaceful day, walking through the heavenly gates, hand in hand with teachers and my friends." "That one thing – that song – has been quite healing for us," Nicole Hockley, Dylan's mother, said Thursday. There have been many musical tributes to the victims of the Dec. 14 tragedy, some put on by world famous performers, others by local musicians and many involving the children of Newtown. Professional football players were on the verge of tears when a group of 26 children who escaped the Newtown shooting, including Dylan's older brother, Jake, joined Jennifer Hudson at the Super Bowl to sing ...
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Monkees reunite after Davy Jones' death
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Monkees reunite after Davy Jones' death Less than a year after singer Davy Jones died from a heart attack, the surviving members of the Monkees - Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith - are on a reunion tour. What makes it noteworthy is that this 12-date U.S. tour is the group's first with Nesmith since 1969. Even though the made-for-TV band that once outsold the Beatles has come together over the years to record albums and mark various anniversaries, a history of acrimony has dogged it. After the last Monkee tour had been put together with Davy and Peter and I in 2010, we started talking about doing a "Headquarters" tour and getting Mike involved. When I spoke with Davy shortly before his death, I got the impression that there are some strong egos involved within the band. The creative tension is what makes groups successful. [...] it was one of the most successful tours we had done. Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chronicle's pop music critic.
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Mike Ragogna: Conversations With Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and The Rippingtons' Russ Freeman
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Jeff Lynne Mike Ragogna: Hiya, Jeff, how are you? Jeff Lynne: Oh, not too bad, and how are you? MR: I'm pretty good, pretty good. Hey, it looks like you've got a couple of projects, your solo album Long Wave, and also The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra. JL: Uh-huh. MR: Where do you find the time in the day? JL: Well, don't forget, that's all I had to do. I spent three years six days a week doing those two albums plus another eight songs for my new album, original songs. MR: Let's first get into Long Wave. Long Wave is a bit of a tribute to your musical history. Things you loved? JL: Yeah, things I loved, that I've loved since I was a tiny lad. MR: Your track list includes older classics, such as "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Smile," and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing." But there are also tracks such as "Let it Rock" and "She." JL: What can I say? I've got a very diversified taste. Part of it was, obvious ...
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Monkees' Micky Dolenz discusses new solo album 'Remember'
LATimes - over 4 years
It’s hardly unusual for a veteran musician to record a batch of songs largely associated with other artists, as Monkees singer-drummer Micky Dolenz has done on his new solo album, “Remember.”
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Monkees Singer Split on 'Breaking Bad' Using Band's Song
Big Hollywood - over 4 years
Even non-Monkees fans know classic tracks like "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday," the latter a near-perfect slice of '60s pop music. Those who watch AMC's "Breaking Bad" heard a lesser known Monkees song during a recent episode. Micky Dolenz, who sang lead on the bulk of the band's numbers, is split on his reaction to the television shout out to the jazzy "Goin' Down." "'Goin' Down' has nothing to do with drugs, obviously," he said, "and I certainly don't condone meth – that is nasty stuff that kills a lot of people and ruins a lot of lives... On the other hand, I like the TV show; it's very well-made." The song remains one of the band's sturdier efforts, showcasing Dolenz's vocal range as well as the band's ability to stretch beyond its plastic roots. The "Breaking Bad" episode marked the second time in recent memory that Hollywood saw fit to highlight the tune. Last year's remake of "Straw Dogs" also featured the song during the f ...
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Micky Dolenz 'Torn' Over Monkees Song in 'Breaking Bad'
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Micky Dolenz says he's "a little torn" over the use of the 1967 Monkees track "Goin' Down" in a recent episode of Breaking Bad according to the Hollywood Reporter Dolenz the singer-drummer of the group said he is a fan of the show but the juxaposition between the sunny sounds...
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Clef Notes: Micky Dolenz, Paul Vogt to head cast in Baltimore Symphony's concert version of 'Hairspray'
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The evolution of Hawaii's unofficial uniform
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
The evolution of Hawaii's unofficial uniform Never mind the aloha shirt: Hawaii's unofficial uniform, according to a new exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art, is the boardshort. Known by various names over the years — including swim trunks, surf shorts, baggies, bun-huggers and Jams — the initially utilitarian item is hailed as "a symbol of extreme sports and a countercultural lifestyle" in "Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit," on view through Jan. 13, 2013. (They're also generally a better look than banana hammocks.)
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Turtles & a Monkee headed to town
Beaver County Times - almost 5 years
MUNHALL — The Turtles and a Monkee (Micky Dolenz) will head up the Happy Together 2012 tour visiting Carnegie Library Music Hall on Aug. 29.
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Funeral held for Monkee Davy Jones
Banmoco - almost 5 years
A private funeral was held today for lead singer of The Monkees Davy Jones, as confirmed by his publicist. Relatives including his wife and  the daughters they raised together were present at the ceremony, which was held close to the Florida home of the family. The singer’s publicist said that Jones’ body would first be cremated before his ashes are then sent to Manchester. A public memorial service is to be held in the star’s home city next week. Micky Dolenz, a bandmate of the icon who died at 66 years of age last week, said that The Monkees are unlikely to attend as Jones’ family wishes to have a low-key service and that the mere presence of one, two, or more of the band would quickly turn the event into a spectacle. Jones’s publicist said that there may yet be another public service held in either New York or LA. BBC Radio Lancashire was told by Hazel Wilkinson, the frontman’s eldest sister, that Jones ‘played the monkey since birth’. According to his sibling, the star appear ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Micky Dolenz
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  • 2015
    Age 69
    On February 21, 2015, he had a cameo as himself in the Adult Swim TV special Bagboy.
    More Details Hide Details In 1986, a screening of the entire Monkees television series by MTV led to renewed interest in the group, followed by a single ("That Was Then, This Is Now" reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.), a 20th Anniversary Tour, a greatest hits album and a brand new LP, Pool It! in 1987. The group's original albums were reissued and all hit the record charts at the same time. Since 1986, Dolenz has joined the other ex-Monkees for several reunion tours, most recently in 2011 and 2012 with a series of concerts in England and two tours of the United States, and has toured extensively as a solo artist. He has continued to direct for television both in the United Kingdom and the United States, and had occasional acting gigs, including roles in the TV series The Equalizer and as the Mayor on the cable TV series Pacific Blue.
  • 2012
    Age 66
    Jones' sudden death in February 2012 led to Dolenz and Tork reuniting with Michael Nesmith for a 12 concert tour of the United States in November and December, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The trio would tour again both in 2013 and 2014.
  • 2011
    Age 65
    In 2011, he rejoined Tork and Jones for An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour.
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  • 2010
    Age 64
    As of February 2010, he was appearing on stage in London in 'Hairspray with Michael Ball.'
    More Details Hide Details The show also went on tour and had a successful run in Dublin, Ireland during November 2010.
  • 2009
    Age 63
    In 2009, Dolenz inked a deal to record an album of the classic songs of Carole King, titled "King for a Day". The album (released on Gigitone Records) was produced by Jeffrey Foskett, who has worked extensively with Brian Wilson and played on Wilson’s 2004 Grammy-winning Brian Wilson Presents Smile.
    More Details Hide Details King’s songs "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "Sometime in the Morning", and "The Porpoise Song (Theme From Head)" have emerged as signature songs from The Monkees.
  • 2008
    Age 62
    Dolenz participated in the 2008–09 season of CMT's "Gone Country," competing against fellow celebrities Sheila E (who eventually won), Taylor Dayne, George Clinton, and Richard Grieco.
    More Details Hide Details Also in the mid-2000s Dolenz played the role of Zoser in the Broadway production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. On January 29, 2011, Dolenz appeared in the Syfy Channel movie Mega Python vs. Gatoroid alongside Debbie Gibson and Tiffany.
  • 2007
    Age 61
    On April 25, 2007, Dolenz was featured on American Idol on the "Idol Gives Back" episode when the show filmed celebrities singing and dancing to "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees.
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    In 2007, he appeared in Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween as Derek Allan, the owner of the gun shop where Dr. Loomis (played by Malcolm McDowell) buys a gun in his search for Michael Myers.
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  • 2006
    Age 60
    In June 2006, Dolenz played Charlemagne at the Goodspeed Opera House for the revival of the musical Pippin in East Haddam, Connecticut.
    More Details Hide Details He also toured in that role.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 56
    Dolenz married his third wife, Donna Quinter, in 2002.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 37
    From 1983 to 1984 he was responsible for creating and producing the British children's television show Luna.
    More Details Hide Details Early in the development of Batman Forever, Dolenz was a contender for the role of The Riddler, which ultimately went to Jim Carrey.
  • 1981
    Age 35
    In 1981 he directed a short film based on the sketch Balham, Gateway to the South with Robbie Coltrane playing multiple roles.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1980s, Dolenz directed a stage version of Bugsy Malone, the cast of which included a then-unknown 14-year-old Welsh actress named Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  • 1980
    Age 34
    In 1980, Dolenz produced and directed the sitcom Metal Mickey, featuring a large metallic robot with the catch-phrase "boogie boogie."
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  • 1977
    Age 31
    He married Trina Dow in 1977. The couple had three daughters: Charlotte Janelle (born August 8, 1981), Emily Claire (born July 25, 1983), and Georgia Rose (born September 3, 1984). They divorced in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Trina Dolenz has become a couples therapist (still using her married name).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 29
    Dolenz and Juste divorced in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details They remained close friends until her death following a stroke on February 5, 2014.
    Dolenz played a near-sighted bus driver in the March 1, 1975 multi-rated versions (X, R, and PG) US comedy film Linda Lovelace for President.
    More Details Hide Details This was Linda Lovelace's last film and a failed attempt by her friend, producer David Winters, to capitalize on her popularity to cross over to mainstream films. Other recognizable actors making guest appearances in this film included Scatman Crothers, Joe E. Ross, Vaughn Meader, and Chuck McCann. 1977 saw him performing with former band-mate Davy Jones in a stage production of the Harry Nilsson musical The Point! in London, playing the part of the Count's Son and the Leafman. After the show’s run, he remained in England and began directing for stage and television, as well as producing several of the shows he directed.
  • 1972
    Age 26
    In 1972, Dolenz played Vance in the murder mystery film Night of the Strangler and was in an episode of Adam 12 titled "Dirt Duel" S5/Ep01.
    More Details Hide Details Dolenz provided the voice of Two-Face's twin henchmen in the two-part episode "Two-Face" on Batman: The Animated Series. In a September 2006 radio interview, Dolenz reported that he is the current voice of Snuggle the Fabric Softener Bear. Both Dolenz and Michael Nesmith auditioned for the role of Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli on Happy Days, but neither was selected due to both being taller (6 ft., 1 in.) than main character Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), who is 5 ft., 9 in. tall, and co-stars Anson Williams (Potsie) and Don Most (Ralph), both under 6 ft. The producers didn't want the Fonzie character emphasized over the others. A search for a shorter actor eventually resulted in Henry Winkler's hiring.
  • 1968
    Age 22
    They married in 1968 and had a daughter, Ami Dolenz (b.
    More Details Hide Details January 8, 1969), an actress particularly active in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • 1966
    Age 20
    By the time The Monkees went on tour in late 1966, Dolenz was competent enough to play the drums himself. (He learned to play right-handed and left-footed.)
    More Details Hide Details Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, writers of many of The Monkees' songs, observed quickly that when brought in to the studio together, the four actors would try to crack each other up. Because of this, they would often bring in each singer individually. The antics escalated until one time Micky poured a cup of ice on Don Kirshner's head; at the time, Dolenz did not know Kirshner on sight. According to Mike Nesmith, it was Dolenz's voice that made the Monkees' sound distinctive, and even during tension-filled times Nesmith and Peter Tork voluntarily turned over lead vocal duties to Dolenz on their own compositions. Dolenz wrote a few of the band’s self-penned songs as well as providing the lead vocals for such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville", "Take a Giant Step" and "I'm a Believer". Towards the end of the series’ hectic two-year run, Dolenz directed and co-wrote what turned out to be the show’s final episode.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 19
    In 1965, Dolenz was cast in the television sitcom The Monkees and became the drummer and a lead vocalist in the band created for the show.
    More Details Hide Details He was not at that time a drummer. He needed lessons even to be able to mime credibly but eventually was taught how to play properly.
  • 1964
    Age 18
    In 1964, he was cast as Ed in the episode "Born of Kings and Angels" of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus as an idealistic Los Angeles teacher.
    More Details Hide Details Dolenz was attending college in Los Angeles when he was hired for the "drummer" role in NBC's The Monkees.
  • 1962
    Age 16
    Dolenz went to Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen, Los Angeles, California, and graduated in 1962.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 10
    Dolenz began his show business career in 1956 when he starred in a children’s show called Circus Boy under the name Mickey Braddock.
    More Details Hide Details He played an orphaned water boy for the elephants in a one-ring circus at the start of the 20th century. The program ran for two seasons, after which Dolenz made sporadic appearances on network television shows and pursued his education.
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on March 8, 1945.
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