Sunday, March 8, 2009

60's Music

Picture for the San Diego Weekly Reader. Article called Monkee Business by By Duane Dimock, Jay Allen Sanford/ Published Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

One of my favorite bands/groups are the Monkee's and we can't forget their song "Last Train to Clarksville." The song was written in the 60's by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. It was recorded on July 25, 1966 and released on August 16, 1966 and went straight to number one.

Here is the story per Wikipedia:
"According to the song's authors, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, the song is their protest of the Vietnam War and tells the story of a young man who has been drafted. He is waiting for the train that will take him to an army base, and he knows he may die in Vietnam. At the end of the song he states, "I don't know if I'm ever coming home." More of the story here:

My Father told me the other day that Peter Tork, Monkee's member, was diagnosed with cancer. So I did some digging and this is what I came up with.

The San Diego Weekly Reader, September 10, 2008:
"Ron Jacobs was a DJ at L.A. radio station KHJ at the time. “One of Boss Radio’s most exciting promotions was staging an actual ‘Last Train to Clarksville,’ ” he says on his website. “A few hundred KHJ winners rode to ‘Clarksville,’ the city of Del Mar.” “The tenth callers would get two free tickets to the Last Train to Clarksville,” recalls KHJ promotions associate Barbara Hamaker in the Michael Nesmith biography Total Control." "According to Ron Jacobs, “Once the winners debarked there and ate their fried-chicken lunch — whackatawack, a quartet of helicopters slowly alit near the train." "The Monkees emerged and were greeted enthusiastically by contest winners and curious locals who’d been told they’d be meeting “the next Beatles.”

To read more of this story, please visit their site:

Oh one last thing. If your a Monkee's like me, I have added their video for the show. Here's that link too.



Rick said...

You know that you are REALLY old if you can remember Micky Dolenz as a little boy in the 1950s TV show Circus Boy! --Rick M