THERE’S A BETTER HOME A-WAITING IN THE SKY

MIKE MELVOIN

Pianist

Father of Wendy, Susannah
and Jonathan Melvoin

May 10, 1937
- February 22, 2012

HAZY OSTERWALD

Jazz singer, pianist,
trumpeter, drummer,
and vibraphone player

February 18, 1922
- February 26, 2012

DAVY JONES

Singer, drummer
and actor

Member of
The Monkees

December 30, 1945
- February 29, 2012

BETTY BARNES

Rockabilly singer

Rockabilly
Hall Of Fame
Inductee

October 2, 1927
- February 14, 2012

GERARD RINALDI

Musician and actor

Member of Les Charlots

Died March 2, 2012
aged 69

CHRISTOPHER REIMER

Guitarist

Member of Women
Worked with The Dodos

Died February 21, 2012
aged 26

RONNIE MONTROSE

Guitarist, bassist,
mandolin, koto, and
mandocello player

Member of Montrose

November 29, 1947
- March 3, 2012

We start off with a cat and end up with a dog.

All Cats Turn Gray When The Sun Goes Down - Mike Melvoin
The Call - Hazy Osterwald Sextet - Hazy Osterwald Sextet
This Just Doesn't Seem To Be My Day - The Monkees
My And My New Baby - Betty Barnes
Merci Patron - Les Charlots
Black Rice - Women
Mach 1 - Ronnie Montrose
Gonna Buy Me A Dog - The Monkees

Right! A lot of rubbish was said about the musical abilities of The Monkees when Davy Jones died. I don't know where the myth that none of them could play an instrument began but it just isn't true. Mike Nesmith was a talented guitarist, bass player and songwriter before he joined the group. Peter Tork could play several stringed and keyboard instruments and also tried his hand at songwriting. Micky Dolenz was a guitarist who learned how to play the drums for the programme. Both Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz were fine singers.

As for their well received live shows (which The Monkees themselves decided to do against the wishes of the producers of the programmes) just let Wiki be your friend:

The four Monkees performed all the instruments and vocals for most of the live set. The most notable exceptions were during each member's solo sections where, during the December 1966 – May 1967 tour, they were backed by the Candy Store Prophets. During the summer 1967 tour of the United States and the UK (from which the Live 1967 recordings are taken), they were backed by a band called The Sundowners. The results were far better than expected. Wherever they went, the group was greeted by scenes of fan adulation reminiscent of Beatlemania. This gave the singers increased confidence in their fight for control over the musical material chosen for the series. With Jones sticking primarily to vocals and tambourine (except when filling in on the drums when Dolenz came forward to sing a lead vocal), the Monkees' live act constituted a classic power trio of electric guitar, electric bass, and drums (except when Tork passed the bass part to Jones or one of the Sundowners in order to take up the banjo or electric keyboards).

So please, lets have no more dissing The Monkees.

Comments

THERE’S A BETTER HOME A-WAITING IN THE SKY — 2 Comments

  1. thanks, MP. That got me up and dancin’ after a not so wonderful week, that is only a little more than half over. Not just dancin’ but the Monkees and Les Charlots made me laugh as well. Feeling muuuuuuch better now.

  2. “Member of Women Worked with The Dodos”

    I misread the word “Dodos” there for half a second! ;-X

    RIP to all.

    I’ve never forgotten the Grammy Awards where Mike Melvoin (who may have been President of the Academy at the time) got to intro his daughter (by way of intro’ing His Purpleness, who was at his peak of popularity). That was a happy man.

    “We’re bigger than the Beatles”: um… [Was there a traumatic football defeat of Newcastle by Liverpool when you were a young’un? O_o