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November 5, 2009

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I found this fascinating quote today:




  • 33 1/3 REVOLUTIONS PER MONKEE" (triv*a (4-14-69): JERRY LEE LEWIS: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" "Down The Line" (producer) Jack Good 33?????? Revalotion's Per The Monkee JEERRY LEE 33?????? Revelunions Per MONKLEE 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, a 60-minute special in color on videotape featuring The Monkees, aired at 8:00 .m (EST) on NBC. (0)

  • He headhunted Jerry Lee for the role of Iago and Jerry Lee committed himself contractually and wholeheartedly to the project, and throughout it's three month run Jerry Lee stole the show. (0)

  • The version of 33?????? released individually in January 1997 (R3 2284) has been on file for years at The Museum Of Television & Radio in New York City, with good sound quality, a fuzzy picture and the segments in original broadcast order, whereas the version of the special released with the 1995 Monkees Video Box Set (R3 2960) has a sharp picture, murky sound quality, and the segments running in an alternate non-broadcast order (the order that this article is based on). (0)

  • The version of 33 1/3 released individually in January 1997 (R3 2284) has been on file for years at The Museum Of Television & Radio in New York City, with good sound quality, a fuzzy picture and the segments in original broadcast order, whereas the version of the special released with the 1995 Monkees Video Box Set (R3 2960) has a sharp picture, murky sound quality, and the segments running in an alternate non-broadcast order. (0)

  • Musical highlights include Micky Doling and Julie Dracula's duet on "I m a Believer," Peter Turk's "Prithee," Michael Smithy's "Naked Persimmon," Davy Jones' "Goldilocks Sometime" and "I Go Ape"; and a rock & roll medley Raccording Sessions for 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkey December 1968 RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood "Do Not Ask For Love", "Naked Persimmon", "Goldilocks Sometime", "Wind-Up Man", "Darwin", "I Go Ape", "A String For My Kite", "California Here It Comes" : Bones Howe After the group's proposal to turn the TV series into a variety show was rejected, The Monkees signed up for three hour-long NBC TV specials. (0)

  • It guest-starred Julie Duracell, Brian Auger and The Trinity, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, The Clara Ward Singers, The Buddy Miles Express, Paul Arnold and The Moon Express, and The We Three Trio. (0)

  • Rhino failed to locate the original 2-inch monaural first-generation videotape to which 33?????? Revolutions Per Monkee was committed, and so they had to rely on two 1-inch NBC-TV broadcast masters with quality so substandard, they featured glitches. (0)

  • It guest-starred Julie Duracell, Brian Auger and The Trinity, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, The Clara Ward Singers, The Buddy Miles Express, Paul Arnold and The Moon Express, and The We Three Trio. (0)

  • Musical highlights include Micky Doling and Julie Dracula's duet on "I m a Believer," Peter Turk's "Prithee," Michael Smithy's "Naked Persimmon," Davy Jones' "Goldilocks Sometime" and "I Go Ape"; and a rock & roll medley Only an illegitimate soundtrack album for 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee has been released. (0)

  • It is astonishing what new implications of evil he can find in words as simple as 'Go to, very well, go to.' Word spread and the theatre filled, night after night, with those eager to witness this wild, redneck Iago, this man, banished ten years ago, barely remembered, now bearing fire anew, hissing at them in unforgiving wrath.... According to Tosches, Lewis identified completely, and sprinkled Iago's monologues in among his encores for years to come. (0)

  • Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and the production company they formed, Raybert Productions, took the cash The Monkees made for them to produce features, starting with Easy Rider (Columbia, 1969); together with Steve Blauner, another alumni from The Monkees' old soundstage crew, they formed BBS Productions (Bob, Bert, Steve), which churned out such classics as Five Easy Pieces (Columbia, 1970), The Last Picture Show, Drive, He Said (Columbia, 1971), The King Of Marvin Gardens (Columbia, 1972), and Hearts And Minds (Warner Bros., 1974). (0)

  • A highlight is a medley (typical of those Good had used in both Oh, Boy! and Shindig) of Fifties rock 'n roll featuring The Monkees and various legendary performers, as well as the climax featuring Michael Nesmith's "Listen to the Band." (0)

  • Journalist, record and musical producer (Catch My Soul), the first man to put Rock'n Roll on British TV with the legendary Oh Boy -- and who gave Howlin' Wolf his only TV appearance on Shindig with The Rolling Stones. (0)

  • Backing tracks for 33 1/3's songs were cut in December 1968 at Western Recorders studios in Los Angeles on 1-inch 8-track tape by noted Producer Bones Howe and then transferred, unfinished, to the 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee soundstage at MGM, where The Monkees dubbed their lead vocals live during the TV tapings. (0)

  • The special's creator and producer was Jack Good, the man who produced the British pop show Oh, Boy! and the American pop show Shindig. (0)

  • Peter Tork, reportedly suffering from exhaustion, bought out his Monkees contract @ the end of 33 1/3's production, reducing The Monkees to a trio and making 33 1/3, in its initial NBC-TV telecast (pre-empting Rowan And Martin's Laugh-In), look dated! (0)

  • On an extended visit to England from his Santa Fe home, Jack put on "Elvis", a biographical musical starring, initially, Proby and Shakin' Stevens, before attempting an updated reconstruction of "Oh Boy!" (later transferred to television) at the same London West End theatre. (0)

  • February 1969, 2 months before the airing of 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, saw the release of "Teardrop City" /w "A Man Without A Dream" as The Monkees 9th single (Colgems #5000) on the 8th, and The Monkees' 7th album, Instant Replay (Colgems #COS-113) on the 15th...both the first to be released without Peter Tork. "Listen To The Band," which The Monkees performed in the special, was issued on the A side of their 10th single, /w "Someday Man" (Colgems #5004), on April 26, 1969, a full 12 days after its telecast. (0)

  • Executive Producer Ward Sylvester was the only member of the original production crew from The Monkees' TV series present for the videotaping of 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. (0)

  • here's where andy griffith gets involved: Andy Griffith ... Sheriff Andy Taylor Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) Frances Bavier ... Aunt Beatrice 'Bee' Taylor Jack Good ... Salesman 1962 found Good in North America, where he worked intermittently as an actor - notably on Broadway in .P (0)

  • 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee's East Coast competition was The Avengers [the second half of the episode "Take-Over"] and Peyton Place on ABC, and the second half of Gunsmoke (which guested Monkee guest Dub Taylor ["Hillbilly Honeymoon" (a k a "Double Barrell Shotgun Wedding")]) and Hello Lucy on CBS. (0)

  • Ever since he'd married his little cousin, the world had turned it's back on the Killer and he'd just kept going, criss-crossing the nation playing shitty night clubs in the cold winter nights and outdoor afternoon fairs and such in the stifling, hot summer afternoons. (0)

  • Many of Gene's British followers identified with the black leather "biker" image and Gene's popularity duly soared. (0)

  • The Monkees' popularity was already quite low by this time, and the special was aired in the US during the same time as the Academy Awards. (0)

  • The first version remained unreleased until 1990, when it became part of Rhino's Missing Links Volume 2 (R2 70903); a similar, yet different take of "Do Not Ask For Love" can be heard on Rhino's 2001 Monkees Music Box (R2 76706). (0)

  • MGM Studios, Culver City, CA Videorecording Dates: November 23-27, 1968 Original Air Date: NBC Television Network, Monday, April 14, 1969, 8-9 .M (EDT). (0)

  • "Naked Persimmon", apparently the official title of what was thought to be titled "The Only Thing That I Believe Is True", is an interesting Nesmith song featuring the alternation between acoustic and electric sections. (0)

  • Then with Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz, all four perform "Listen To The Band," with Michael on Black Beauty (Gibson Les Paul Custom), Peter on keyboards, Micky on drums, and David on tambourine as an affectionate swan song performance by the original Monkees quartet. (0)

  • As the song progresses, they are joined by hippies and all of 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee's guest musicians from The Trinity to The Buddy Miles Express, resulting in a climactic frantic cacophony until until a gorilla literally closes the book on them; the book's title is, prophetically, The Beginning Of The End. (0)

  • The Monkees were none too happy with Jack Good and Art Fisher's script for 33 1/3, calling it "too sloppy, too fairy-tale like," while David Jones felt that, for a TV special starring The Monkees, it emphasized rather largely on its guest cast than the group itself! (0)

  • The plot is believed to mirror the group's time line from their assembly to that point (i e their relabeling as "Monkees", performing as a group, rediscovering their individual selves, and finally breaking free from control). (0)

  • He learned his part by taping himself reading the entire play, minus Iago's lines, and listening and responding to the tape incessantly while on tour. (0)

  • His self-financed pilot programme, "Young America Swings The World", fell on stony ground but, after Brian Epstein commissioned him for "Around The Beatles", he superintended the nationally-broadcast pop showcase "Shindig" which, as well as "discoveries" like the Righteous Brothers and Sonny & Cher, represented a media breakthrough for diverse black artists from Howlin' Wolf to The Chambers Brothers - and held its own in a ratings war against "The Beverley Hillbillies" on a main rival channel. (0)

  • In 1955, he appeared in "The Queen And The Rebels" at London's Haymarket Theatre, and the following year, he teamed up with producer Trevor Peacock to present a comedy double-act at London's famous Windmill Theatre. (0)

  • They'd be out of their minds if they didn't It has everything--rhythm and blues, rock and roll, country and western, serious acting, comedy, drama, everything." (0)

  • Jack Good, producer of the TV pop show "Shindig" that had featured the Killer during his early-sixties shuffle through the wilderness, imagined a rock-and-roll version of Othello and had long ago talked Jerry Lee into playing the lead heavy, Iago, in the Centre Theatre Group production. (0)

  • No full studio dubbing of any complete songs ever occurred, and the multitrack tapes were apparently left behind at the MGM studio and are assumed lost (or picked up by a devout fan to add to his/her private collection...who knows?). (0)

  • The Monkees' performances of "Wind Up Man" and Neil Sedaka's "I Go Ape" both leave me cold. (0)

  • JACK GOOD (By Steve Walker) Born 7 August 1931, Greenford, Middlesex, England In British music history only one person can claim to have played a similar role to that played by Alan Freed in America when spreading the word about Rock'n Roll -- that person is Jack Good. (0)

  • When The Peacock Network saw the final edit of 33 1/3, they realized that they had much more than what they bargained for, and sensed it was too subversive for John Quincy Public, hence their decision to air it opposite The 41st Academy Awards Presentation on ABC--on the Pacific coast, anyway. (0)

  • David Price can be seen playing drums during The Monkees' performance of "Little Darlin'." 33?????? Revelunions Per MONKLEE 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, a 60-minute special in color on videotape featuring The Monkees, aired at 8:00 .m (EST) on NBC. (0)

  • Together they concocted a bizarre script in which a mad wizard (played by Brian Auger of The Trinity) seeks to brainwash The Monkees into becoming the greatest rock band of all time, who will in turn brainwash the world. (0)

  • We'll take the means of mass communication, use them for commercial exploitation, Create the new 4-part phenomena: 4 simple minds with talent (little or none), And through the latest fad of rock and roll, conduct experiments in mind control! (0)

  • Micky Dolenz can be seen wearing the same tablecloth he wore in several of the musical numbers The Monkees filmed for their TV show (those which were made for "No Time," "Randy Scouse Git," and "Love Is Only Sleeping."). (0)

  • Cher tells the story of how and she and Sonny first got started in the US, and how they were not well received because people thought they were weird. (0)

  • Snapped up by the Beeb's fledgling commercial rival, ITV, he broke ground with "Oh Boy!", which introduced Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde and other home-grown rockers to the nation. (0)

  • Like their movie Head, it seeks to desconstruct The Monkees phenomenon, while at the same time making a commentary on the manipulation of both artists and audience by the media. (0)

  • The show ran six weeks and took in half a million dollars from people who were curious to hear Jerry Lee deliver lines like "Shake it and break it and wrap it up and take it!" and, upon seeing the corpse of a buddy, "Great balls of fire! (0)

  • (He fooled with the lines occasionally, as on two evenings, coming upon the corpse of Roderigo in Act , he howled "Great balls of fire! (0)

  • She went on to say, "there was a man called Jack Good who was presenting a USA show called Shindig, who loved us. (0)

  • jimmy gutterman In a typical move, the first thing Jerry Lee did after he had salvaged his country career was to do something completely different, in this case Shakespeare. (0)

  • Then, on a set cluttered with hundreds of old props resurrected from literally scores of old movies, David Jones performs "A String For My Kite". (0)

  • Peter Tork having announced he was leaving the band shortly before the special aired, this would also be the last time during The Monkees' initial run that the four original members would perform together. (0)

  • Singer Julie Driscoll gained her own fame singing the main title theme from Absolutely Fabulous. (0)

  • Fortunately, it is available on The Monkees Season Two DVD set, so that one can see the special for himself or herself while at the same time getting something that is actually worth the money (namely, the second season of The Monkees). (0)

  • Jerry's management and label needed him out on the club circuit pushing the singles but the Killer was doing his thing for $900 a week and loving it. (0)

  • As might be expected, the musical performances are good for the most part. (0)

  • His final test film was centred on boxer Freddie Mills, who became part of the presentation team on BBC TV's "6.5 Special", along with Josephine Douglas and Pete Murray. (0)

  • It was directed by Art Fisher, who would go onto direct The Andy Williams Show and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. (0)

  • For a season in London, .J Proby assumed the Lewis role with Good himself as The Moor. (0)

  • "The Beginning of The End" might have also foretold the eventual demise of The Monkees, which would cease to exist officially by the end of 1971. (0)

  • While he became evangelical about rock'n roll, Good's staid superiors obliged him to balance the pop with comedy sketches, string quartets and features on sport and hobbies. (0)

  • Contrary to the wild man image created by the scores of wrecked motel rooms across America, Gene came across as an extremely polite Southern country gentleman, who addressed Jack as "Sir". (0)

  • "I never thought there was so many words," Jerry Lee later told a Los Angeles Times reporter. (0)

  • "Iago really puts out some words in this thing, Jerry Lee told Calendar reporter Pete Johnson. (0)

  • Both coasts had 33 1/3 sandwiched between I Dream Of Jeannie (the episode "Jeannie And The Secret Weapon," which featured Monkee guest alum Ron Masak ["The Monstrous Monkee Mash"]) and The NBC Monday Night Movie (Blindfold [Universal, 1966]). (0)

  • During this month, Bones Howe and the group worked on some of the songs for the special. (0)

  • Production Notes For 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee: The Monkees went into production on 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee on the day immediately following their very last full concert as a quartet, at The Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan. (0)

  • A lesser man would have joined a lumberyard or something years ago, Jerry Lee didn't do that though, he'd kept playing the seedy dives around town coz he was a religious man and he knew that if God gave him this talent he had damn sure better use it and not just put it away 'til things got better. (0)

  • Don't count on an official release of a 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee soundtrack on compact disk anytime soon, kids. (0)

  • "Do Not Ask For Love" had been recorded during the second album session with Micky singing. (0)

  • My friend, Roderigo!") Theatre critics did not respond very favorably to the show, but most of them expressed praise, even awe for Jerry Lee's virtuoso performance. (0)

  • Negotiations were originally made in early 1968 for The Monkees to star in three NBC-TV specials to air in 1969; 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee was the first. (0)

  • The bright green-and-gold grand piano stood onstage throughout the play, and Jerry Lee not only sat at it to pump the songs that Ray Pohlman had written for him and for the seventeen-piece orchestra in the pit, but also to rake and hammer and tinkle in punctuation of his spoken lines, the most evil of Shakespeare's imaginings. (0)

  • Leaving "Shindig" to fend for itself, his most interesting career tangent of he late 60's was "Catch My Soul", 1968's rock adaptation in a Los Angeles theatre of Shakespeare's "Othello" with Jerry Lee Lewis as Iago. (0)

  • I must admit that beyond the basic concept for the special, I had trouble understanding what was taking place at any given time. (0)

  • The Hawaiian broadcast of 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee was delayed for 2 whole weeks; it was finally shown there on Monday, April 28. (0)

  • Why is there a guy in a gorilla suit sitting in a forklift and wearing head phones? (0)

  • Peter Tork gives a solid performance of Michael Murphy's "I Prithee (Do Not Ask for Love)," which The Monkees had previously recorded in 1966 with Micky on lead vocals (although that version wouldn't be released until the Nineties), while Nesmith's "Naked Persimmon" is simply a great song. (0)

  • "This won't do," said Jack, and set about changing Gene's image, dressing him from head to toe in black leather and draping a silver chained medallion around his neck. (0)

  • They elected to to place it against the Academy Awards on April 14, 1969. (0)

  • Its telecast in Great Britain occured on Saturday, May 24 on BBC2. (0)

  • Jac has since claimed that he was attempting to produce a figure that strongly resembled Shakespeare's "Richard III". (0)

  • Even the older generation would ask for our autographs, and when we got back to America we were huge, and everyone thought we were English." (0)

  • Being similar in concept to Head but much more blatant and far less creative, this special was a miserable failure. (0)

  • In 1966, seeking to capitalize on the popularity of the Fab Four (the Beatles), television executives dreamed up what wags labeled the "Prefab Four," but which the executives called the Monkees. (0)

  • This was the last performance as a quartet The Monkees ever gave. (0)

  • Trivia Notes For 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee: Jerry Lee Lewis previously starred as Iago in a Jack Good stage production, Catch My Soul, which was a rock and roll version of the Shakespearean classic, Othello. (0)

  • The Monkees' swan song , this special features Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger more prominently than the Monkees and tries too hard to cloak its flashing neon message in contrived symbolism. (0)

  • With a microphone before him a few days before the show opened, Jerry Lee knew what to do. (0)

  • On an unsuspecting public they'll be turned! (0)

  • In my humble opinion, the concept behind 33 1/3 Revolutons Per Monkee is sound. (0)

  • As a result they had to abandon complex sets built for the special and move the production to MGM studios. (0)

  • Peter's soon-to-be wife, Reine Stewart is seen in 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, as the girl drummer sitting next to Jerry Lee Lewis. (0)

  • Even worse is a long, psychedelic, interpretative dance sequence that I can only describe as, well, boring. (0)

  • While the world rejoiced the rediscovery of the King, just outside of town, the Killer was chomping on his own cigar, drinking whiskey, raising hell, oblivious and uninterested in the commotion from the Kings quarters. (0)

  • OPENING PASSAGE We have the knowledge--evil though it be-- To twist the mind to any lunacy we wish. (0)

  • The relevant passage from Nick Tosches's terrific Hellfire: Good and the rest of the crew were surprised to discover that Jerry Lee was the only actor who knew all his lines at the first rehearsal. (0)

  • Indeed, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee would not see the light of day in the United States again until Rhino released it on VHS in 1997. (0)

  • In the end, only one such special would air, the legendary (or perhaps "notorious" would be a better word) 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. (0)

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