HELP SAVE MAYA AND THE MONKEES!! Yes—your two favorite TV shows may be axed off the networks by the powers that be. (In fact the Maya cancellation has come through ending that show in early February, but if you write immediately you may still save the show!) The reason: They say there isn’t enough viewer interest in Maya and The Monkees! Of course, you know that’s not true—so before it’s too late, write a letter asking that your favorite TV show(s) Maya and/or The Monkees be kept on TV. Period. Write your letters to Program Director, NBC-TV, Rockefeller Center, New York City. It would help more if you wrote a separate letter about each show, but whatever you do, please write. IT’S UP TO YOU TO SAVE MAYA (ALONG WITH JAY NORTH AND SAJID KHAN) AND THE MONKEES (ALONG WITH MICKY, DAVY, PETER AND MIKE)!!
After the British authorities dropped the charges against her and apologized to Mama Cass, she and her boy friend Lee Kiefer were among the smiling first-nighters at the London premiere of John Lennon’s film How I Won The War. When they returned to the States, Cass A & R’d Lee’s new group the Pride & Joy. Their first World-Pacific single is Give To Me Your Love. Lee, as you probably know, used to be a member of the Hard Times—that group is now kaput . . . Look for head Animal Eric Burdon on one of the ABC-TV Batman segments . . . Sky Saxon (pictured here during a recent performance at the Hollywood Bowl) announces that he and the Seeds are switching from flower power to flower blues. You can hear it all in their latest GNP-Crescendo LP A Spoonful Of Seedy Blues. You can write to Sky and the Seeds at 8255 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. 90046.
Dolly Dave Clark just got a bachelor apartment in London. Looks like our quiet boy Dave is about to join the swingin’ set! . . . Terry Melcher split for Spain, where his steady—beautiful Candy Bergen—is on location shooting The Magus (with Michael Caine, no less). So Mark and the Raiders went to Memphis and are cutting some tracks with top rhythm & blues A & R man Chips Moman. Look for Raiders’ new sound to be full of good ole funky, down-home soul. Yea!! . . . Speaking of soul, Mr. Soul City himself, Wilson Pickett, showed up for Chris Crosby’s Hippy Lullaby session at Atlantic Records’ studio in New York City and gave both Chris and the record an A-plus. Incidentally, Hippy Lullaby was composed by that unbeatable team, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Barry and Cynthia also scored AIP’s Wild In The Streets . . . Wild is a super-controversial film, so let’s not go into all that. Just keep your eye out for Chris Jones. If you’d like to get a head start on the rest of the gang, you can write to Chris Jones in care of American International, 7165 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Calif.