Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart - Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart
Almost immediately after the demise of The Monkees in 1970, there was industry clamour for a reunion and publisher Christian Dewalden came forward with an offer to finance the project. Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones were enthusiastic but as Mike Nesmith wasn’t interested and Peter Tork couldn’t be found a kind of pseudo-Monkees was created enlisting the services of gifted songwriting team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who had written The Monkees first number one ‘Last train to Clarksville’ ‘The Monkees theme (hey, hey we¹re the Monkees)’ and ‘(I'm not your) stepping stone’ So Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart was born. With the Monkees logo under copyright and not available for their use, the foursome set off on tour as ‘the great golden hits of the Monkees - the guys who wrote 'em and the guys who sang 'em.’ DJBH made its first public appearance on July 4, 1975 at six flags over mid-America in St. Louis, Missouri, where they were met by 12,500 of the same screaming fans who had followed the Monkees 10 years previously. Performing a raft of Monkee hits (Peter Tork had joined DJBH onstage at Disneyland) the band appeared on ‘American Bandstand’ and ‘Don Kirshner’s rock concert’ and toured the States for a year before heading to the far east. They have the distinction of being the first American band to play in Thailand (they had to cut their hair to be allowed into the country) This busy schedule was completed despite Dolenz breaking his arm hang-gliding and being forced to perform in a sling. The success of the American tour secured a contract with capitol records. The subsequent ‘Dolenz Jones Boyce & Hart’ was produced by Boyce & Hart and though light and very pop, is regarded as the most coherent Monkee-related release since 1967¹s ‘Pisces Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones’. Although Micky produced a television special ‘the great golden hits of the Monkees’ which featured the quartet performing musical numbers and comedy skits, the Monkees were of course passe. The album and it’s singles failed to chart and by early 1977 DJBH decided to call it a day. While Micky and Davy then featured in a musical of ‘Tom Sawyer’ and then began rehearsals in London for Harry Nilsson's stage production of ‘The Point’, Tommy and Bobby went back to their songwriting careers, working on ‘Scooby-doo, where are you’ and ‘Josie & the Pussycats’. In Nashville in 1994, struggling with poor health, Tommy Boyce sadly committed suicide
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