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The Monkees new album titled, “Birds, Bees and the Monkees”, which was due for release in April, will now probably not be on sale in this country until May.

The reason for the delay is the Monkees film has prevented the boys from finishing off certain tracks which they recorded just before they started work on the film.

We will give you the definite release date as soon as it is fixed by RCA.

Mike has revealed that the idea for his album Wichita Train-whistle came when he bought a wild collection of old 78 records—everything from “Frenesi” to “Tuxedo Junction” to Tommy Dorsey’s “Stardust”—for $100 and after listening to them he realised that if he fitted some of the old sounds in with his own ideas, he could create a new sound.

As you are reading this, the Monkees will just about have finished shooting all the scenes for their first major movie.

A tremendous number of stars and well-known personalities will be seen in the film including former world boxing heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston; famous West Coast stripper, Candy Bar; a leading American football star, Ray Nitzski [sic], who is Middle Line Backer for the world champion Green Bay Packers football team (a fact which won’t mean much to British readers, but is quite something in America), screen star Victor Mature who has appeared in numerous films over the past 25 years; to name only a few of the dozens of famous faces from the sporting and showbusiness world appearing with the Monkees.

The last episode of the present Monkees TV series will be shown on BBC Television on Saturday, May 18th.

According to Jackie Cooper of Screen Gems they have signed a deal with NBC TV to produce three hour long Monkee specials later this year.

Please remember that the Monkees Fan Club has nothing to do with the Monkees Monthly. So, if you have any queries or complaints, the person to get in touch with is Keith Mallett at the Monkees Fan Club address in Birmingham. Much as the staff of Monkees Monthly would like to help fan club members they are unable to do so.

As every Monkee fan knows, Micky is a speed addict and experimentor, and although the boys have been tremendously busy on their film, getting up at 5.30 a.m. in order to be on the set, ready to start shooting by 8.00 a.m. and not finishing until 6 or 7 p.m. on most days, Micky has still found a few minutes to fit some large racing tyres on to his Mercedes.

He did this, of course, so that the tyres would grip the road over a larger area and enable him to accelerate very quickly. If you do this with normal tyres your wheels just spin.

Unfortunately, Micky went too far and found that the tyres he had put on were too big! When he got out and checked, he found that they were actually rubbing on the inside walls. End of experiment!

Magazine: Monkees Monthly
Editor: Jackie Richmond
Issue: 15
Publisher: Monkees Monthly
Page: 19