He sang some of The Monkees most popular tunes such as “I’m A Believer”
The Monkees’ Michael Dolenz turns 78 today
The son of actors George Dolenz and Janelle Johnson, Michael Dolenz was born on March 8, 1945, in Los Angeles, California. Dolenz began his show-business career in 1956 when he starred in a children’s show called Circus Boy. In 1965, Dolenz was cast in the television sitcom The Monkees and became the drummer and a lead vocalist in the band created for the show. He was not actually a drummer and needed lessons even to be able to mime credibly, but eventually was taught how to play properly. By the time The Monkees went on tour in late 1966, Dolenz was competent enough to play the drums himself. Dolenz wrote a few of the band’s self-penned songs, most prominent being “Randy Scouse Git” from the album Headquarters. He provided the lead vocals for such hits as “Last Train to Clarksville”, “Take a Giant Step”, and “I’m a Believer”. Toward the end of the series’ two-year run, Dolenz directed and co-wrote the show’s final episode. The Monkees became one of the 1960’s most popular bands, and best sellers worldwide with their catchy Pop tunes who some stated were the American response to The Beatles. Despite never reaching again in his career the same level of success he had with The Monkees, Dolenz still is an active musician and actor. His latest album “Out Of Nowhere” was released in 2017 and The Monkees remain one of the 1960’s most popular acts today.
Look back at The Monkees performing “I’m A Believer” in 1966 featuring Michael Dolenz on lead vocals and drums
Also look back at The Monkees performing “Last Train To Clarksville” in 1966 featuring Michael Dolenz on lead vocals and drums
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