The Monkees Meet The Beatles & Take England by Storm

Come along with Micky, Mike & Davy as they take over the merrie olde island like she’s never been grabbed before!

The first real live Monkee (not counting Davy Jones, of course—cos he came from there in the first place) to hit England was madness’ own Micky Dolenz. He arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport on February 6 to an unexpected (because his arrival had been kept “secret”) crowd of over 300 super-enthusiastic female fans. Because the security police were caught off guard, Micky had quite a time—losing a few buttons and a piece of his hair—getting through the crowd to his waiting limousine. After a frantic but glorious battle (thoroughly enjoyed by everyone—press, fans and Monkee—except the under-staffed guards), Micky and his retinue made it to their hotel. Let’s join them there and go along with Micky—and, eventually, with Mike, Phyllis and Davy—as they take over merrie olde England like she’s never been grabbed before!

  • Micky Dolenz
    Info Micky gets swamped while astounded airport officials seek to rescue him.
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info Whew—that was exciting! Well, what shall we do next, luvs? How’s about a shopping spree on Carnaby Street?
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info First stop: Lord John’s soopa chic boutique. I like this sweater—and I love that jacket over there!
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info Ah-ha—a perfect fit. So Micky decided next to look at a suit.
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info Single-breasted tweed with diagonal pockets—well, what do you think?
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info Micky, old chap—what do you think of England?
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info Wow! It’s crazy, man—cray-zee!!
  • Micky Dolenz, Paul McCartney
    Info The greatest moment of all comes for Micky—he meets Paul McCartney at a London disco and Beatle Paul invites Monkee Micky to his home in St. John’s Wood.
  • Micky Dolenz, Martha, Paul McCartney
    Info What’s more, Micky gets a royal introduction to “Martha”, Paulie’s groovy English sheepdog—talk about long hair. (For the greatest Dolenz-McCartney ever, turn to Page 19.)
  • Micky Dolenz, Brian Epstein
    Info Even more? Yep—the next day, at Disc-Music Echo’s “Valentine’s Day Award,” Micky met Beatle chieftain Brian Epstein.
  • Jimmy Savile, Helen Shapiro, Micky Dolenz
    Info Helen Shapiro cops Jimmy Savile’s cap for Micky—
  • Jimmy Savile, Micky Dolenz
    Info —But Micky returns it and Jimmy, the forgiving kind, promptly “knights” Sir George Michael Dolenz, Jr.!
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info Just before going to Pop Inn, BBC’s top radio show, Micky ran into two old buddies of his.
  • Tom Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Noone
    Info Inside, he met two new buddies—Tom Jones and Herman (Peter Noone).
  • Cat Stevens, Cliff Richard, Samantha Juste Dolenz, Micky Dolenz
    Info Micky poses with pop newcomer Cat Stevens, pop regular Cliff Richard and model Samantha Juste (he later dated “Sam”—but don’t cry, t’weren’t nothin’ serious).
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info “Do the Monkees really make their own recordings?”
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info Aww—you’re not going to ask that tired old question again, are you?
  • Micky Dolenz
    Info Tell you what—see that gentleman in the white jacket carrying a tray of sandwiches? Well, he’s the one who cuts all our records!
  • Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis, Micky Dolenz, Pete York, Muff Winwood
    Info Next night Micky meets Spencer Davies [sic] (second from left) Group at the Marquee Club. They are his second favorite English group—the Beatles come first!
  • Phyllis Barbour Nesmith, Mike Nesmith
    Info The quietest Monkee arrival in England was made by Mike and Phyllis Nesmith, who sneaked into London in the wee hours of dawn.
  • Mike Nesmith, Phyllis Barbour Nesmith
    Info The first thing on their list (too) is a shopping trip along Carnaby Street. Dig Phyllis’ groovy boots and coat!
  • Phyllis Barbour Nesmith, Mike Nesmith
    Info Can you tell me in American dollars how much this pipe is—sir?
  • Phyllis Barbour Nesmith, Mike Nesmith
    Info Hey, wait a minute—it says, “Made In America” on this!
  • Mike Nesmith, Paul McCartney
    Info Pow! Monkee meets Beatle!
  • Phyllis Barbour Nesmith, Mike Nesmith
    Info At Lady Jane’s, Phyllis looks at a wig, but decides that she’d rather have a dress instead.
  • Phyllis Barbour Nesmith
    Info She finally chooses a pale paisley shift and a fuzzy coat.
  • Mike Nesmith
    Info What does hubby think? Well, just take a look at the expression on Mike’s face and figure it out for yourself.
  • Mike Nesmith, Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory
    Info Later that day, Mike visits four of his faves, the Kinks, at their recording session. But the biggest thrill is yet to come—
  • Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney
    Info The scene is a Beatle record session that is being filmed for a British TV spec. That’s Mick Jagger sitting at Paul’s feet.
  • Paul McCartney
    Info Wearing a butcher’s apron and a ’30’s tie—Paul conducts a 41-piece orchestra—
  • Cynthia Lennon, Astrid Kirchherr, Phyllis Barbour Nesmith, Mike Nesmith, Ringo Starr
    Info —while a “happening” audience—Cyn Lennon, Astrid Kirschner [sic] (Beatle-buddy from Hamburg, Germany), Phyllis Nesmith, Mike Nesmith and Ringo Starr—groove among themselves!
  • Mike Nesmith
    Info The next day, on behalf of the Monkees, Mike received a Gold Disc for I’m A Believer—then he and Phyllis went off to Surrey to spend the weekend with their new friends, Mr. and Mrs. John Lennon!
  • David Pearl, Davy Jones
    Info The next Monkee to hit London was native Mancunian David Jones—who was met (along with his buddy, David Pearl) by 700 stampeding fans!
  • Davy Jones
    Info Just before the deluge, Davy innocently stops and gives an airport attendant his autograph. Seconds later he was immersed in screaming English teeny-boppers!
  • Davy Jones
    Info Locked in his suite in a London hotel for two days—literally to avoid causing mob scenes in the streets—Davy whiles away the hours “bombing” his tea cup with sugar cubes—
  • Davy Jones
    Info —and rolling about on the floor!
  • Davy Jones, Violet Carson
    Info Before he is “smuggled” out of town, Davy gets to meet and greet his former TV “Grandma” of Coronation Street, Ena Sharples.
  • Davy Jones
    Info Safely “hid out” in Middleham, Yorkshire Davy teaches David Pearl how to “pull a pint” in the local pub.
  • Davy Jones
    Info He reminds the “resident experts” that he’s still got a good hand for throwing darts, too!
  • Davy Jones
    Info Peace and freedom at last! Davy rides English racing champ “Candid Picture” across the deserted moors.
  • Davy Jones
    Info Don’t worry, me luvvies—I’m coming back. See ya’ Monday night—same time, same station!

Magazine: 16
Editor: Gloria Stavers
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Publisher: 16 Magazine, Inc.
Pages: 14–18, 20, 54–55