Today In Pop Music: November 6 – Monkees’ Box Office Disaster


1894 – Adolph Sax (long gone but kudos to this man – he invented the saxophone)

1941 – Guy Clark (songwriter for Johnny Cash and Ricky Skaggs among others)

1942 – Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas Quintet – guitar – ‘She’s About A Mover’,’Mendicino’ – died 1999 – heart failure)

1947 – George Young (The Easybeats – guitar ‘Friday On My Mind’)

1948 – Glen Frey (Eagles – guitar)


1965 – San Francisco’s Filmore West opened with two of the area’s biggest groups: The Grateful dead and Jefferson Airplane.

1965 – The rolling Stones followed up their #1 hit ‘Satisfaction’ with another chart topper when ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.

1967 – The Beatles were busy at Abbey Roads studio mixing four songs from the ‘Magical Mystery Tour” album: ‘Your Mother Should Know’,’I Am the Walrus’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘Hello Goodbye’.

1970 – Aerosmith performed their first gig, performing at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts.  It was a small start for the group that would go on to sell over 150 million albums worldwide and hold the record for most gold and multi-platium albums by an American group.

1978 – The Steve Miller Band topped the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Rock ‘N Me’,the second of their three #1’s.  1973’s ‘The Joker’ was the first, and 1982’s ‘Abracadabra’ was the third.

1968 – The Monkees feature film ‘Head’ opened in New york City.  With a $750,000 budget, the movie was targeted far away from the group’s core audience, and instead featured a dark theme about the manipulation of The Monkees.  Written and produced by Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson the film featured cameo appearances by Jack Nicholson, Teri garr, Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa, and Dennis Hopper.  Reviews were harsh, and by any account ‘Head’ was a box office disaster.  Oddly enough during The Monkees 2013 appearance in mesa they included a couple of songs from the picture on their set list:  Michael Nesmeth’s ‘Circle Sky’ and Mickey Dolenz’ ‘Porpoise Song’.

When you see this trailer for the film, you’ll have an idea of why it was such a bomb.




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