Remember The Monkees Back When?

You probably can’t even remember when the Monkees weren’t around! But it wasn’t too long ago when the show hit the NBC-TV network. In fact it was last September 1966. Just before the show went on the air, there was a big promotional day plugging the Monkees’ first record, “Last Train to Clarksville.” The Monkee Spectacular photographer was on the trip to snap the action.

On these pages you can see the way the Monkees looked that day and also how they looked recording their first album. What do you think? Have they changed?

  • Peter Tork
    First day of meeting fans for the Monkees was on “The Last Train to Clarksville”, before their show came on the air. The boys flew in by helicopter. It was so exciting! They couldn’t believe the fantastic reception!
  • Davy Jones
    Davy’s hair was still long in back when he vacationed in New York and England last September.
  • Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz
    Davy used to wear those little specs, [above], and later changed to round sunglasses.
  • Crowd
    Even before they became superstars via television, the Monkees had magnetic personalities that had everyone excited on that day.
  • Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones
    [Above], they scramble to the bandstand with police escort. Other bands played on the ride back, but the Monkees’ bandstand boxcar was jammed with fans every minute.
  • Mike Nesmith
    “Wool Hat” was Mike’s name at first and he wore it everywhere. With all the attention it got, the novelty wore off for Mike and he prefers to go without the hat now.
  • Crowd
  • Micky Dolenz
    Micky was scared of the helicopter that Sunday and now he’s building a one-man helicopter for himself. That’s one way he’s changed! Also, his looks are different now from one of their early recording sessions [above].

Magazine: Monkee Spectacular
Editor: Ralph Benner
Volume: 1
Issue: 10
Publisher: Laufer Publishing Co.
Pages: 54–55