July 1975 - March 1977
"Last Train To Clarksville"
"Valleri"/"Daydream Believer"/"A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You"
"I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight?"
"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"
"I Wanna Be Free"
"Savin' My Love For You"
"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
"I Remember The Feeling"
"A Teenager In Love"
"Come A Little Bit Closer"/"Pretty Little Angel Eyes"/"Hurt So Bad"/"Peaches 'N' Cream"/"Something's
Wrong With Me"/"Keep On Singing"
"I Love You (And I'm Glad That I Said It)"
Keith Allison: guitar/vocals
Rick Tierny: bass
Steve Johnson: keyboards
Jerry Summers: drums
In 1975, the William Morris Agency expressed an interest in reforming The Monkees, and the four members met at Micky's house in the Hollywood Hills for the first time in several years. Unfortunately, the group did not meet again, though their one discussion was positive in tone.
Later in the year, Christian DeWalden, a publisher/producer friend of Bobby Hart, was approached by someone in Southeast Asia who was interested in booking The Monkees for a tour. At the time, Nesmith was not interested in touring, and Peter's whereabouts were apparently unknown to the others. At Christian's suggestion, Micky and Davy teamed up with Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. As they could not be called The Monkees, they simply went by the name Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart. So, the quartet decided to accept the offer and also an offer from Tony Rico for an American tour before touring Southeast Asia.
DJBH debuted their act on July 4, 1975 at Six Flags Over Mid-America in St. Louis. 12,500 people warmly received the show, and the group decided to secure a recording contract with Capitol Records. The group played the U.S. through July 1976, then headed for the Far East. Peter joined them at Disneyland in 1976. The July 20, 1976 Yubin Chokin Hall concert in Tokyo was recorded and released as a live album, Concert In Japan, in 1981.
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce And Hart Recording Sessions for Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart
The Sound Factory
"Right Now", "I Love You (And I'm Glad That I Said It)", "You And I", "Teenager In Love", "Sail On Sailor", "It Always Hurts The Most In The Morning", "Moonfire", "You Didn't Feel That Way Last Night (Don't You Remember)", "Along Came Jones", "Savin' My Love For You", "I Remember The Feeling", "Sweet Heart Attack"
P: Dolenz, Jones, Boyce And Hart
Encouraged by the enthusiastic reception at their concerts, the new quartet went into the studio to record their fine album, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. Many people from the old days were involved, including Keith Allison on guitar and bass; Louie Shelton, Jerry Yester, and Chip Douglas on guitar; and Henry Diltz on banjo. Boyce and Hart penned "Right Now", "I Love You", "You Didn't Feel That Way Last Night", "I Remember The Feeling", and "Sweet Heart Attack". Micky and Davy actually collaborated, writing "You And I" and "Savin' My Love For You". Davy would later rerecord "You And I" for his Just For The Record - Volume Four, and The Monkees would cut it for Justus. Micky and Tommy wrote "It Always Hurts The Most In The Morning". Doug Trevor (Davy's manager) contributed "Sail On Sailor", and longtime friend Bill Martin wrote "Moonfire". Two oldies, "Teenager In Love" (Pomus/Shuman) and "Along Came Jones" (Leiber/Stoller) were also recorded. For some reason, Micky's verse in "Sail On Sailor" was cut from the release.
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce And Hart single release - "I Remember The Feeling"/"You And I".
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce And Hart single release - "I Love You (And I'm Glad That I Said It)"/"Savin' My Love For You".
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart album release - Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart.
July 4, 1976
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart Concert - Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Peter Tork joined the group onstage.
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart TV special - The Great Golden Hits Of The Monkees.
Unfortunately, Capitol Records did not promote the DJBH album, and they did not finance a second album. Micky then decided to produce a television special of the group performing most of the songs in their concert set, calling it The Great Golden Hits Of The Monkees.
Dolenz, Jones, and Tork Recording Sessions for 1976 Christmas Single
Micky Dolenz' home studio
"Christmas Is My Time Of Year", "White Christmas"
P: Chip Douglas
Ten years after their debut, three of the four Monkees were working together again. Though Micky and Davy had worked together in DJBH, Peter had not, aside from a concert appearance. Apparently, Davy and Chip were working on "Christmas Is My Time Of Year" at Micky's studio, and Peter was called up as well. The Pisces drummer, Eddie Hoh, also helped out, though Michael Nesmith was not interested in participating. The result was a Christmas single that went out to the fan club. "Christmas Is My Time Of Year" has been released on Rhino's Best Of Cool Yule. The song was written by Douglas and originally recorded in the '60s by the Turtles with Linda Ronstadt. Around this time, Micky apparently announced that all four Monkees would record a new album together, though this did not come to fruition.
Single release - "Christmas Is My Time Of Year"/"White Christmas".
Dolenz and Jones Spring/Summer 1977 US Tour
March 1977 - August 1977
Partial set list:
"I Wanna Be Rich And Famous" "Can She Do It Like She Dances?" "Pretty Little Mama" "Do The Cagney" "Peace Of Mind" "Opening Night" "Martha My Dear" "I Want To Do It With You" "That's Rock And Roll"
Though Boyce and Hart decided not to continue with DJBH, Micky and Davy continued touring together, with Micky's sister, and a backing group called The Laughing Dogs. Some unusual songs that were performed are listed above. "Opening Night" was the Charlie Smalls composition never released by The Monkees. This tour pretty much marked the end of the mid-to-late '70s partial Monkees reunion, though Micky and Davy continued working together in theatre.
Dolenz and Jones concert - The Starwood Club in Hollywood, CA. Peter Tork joined the two onstage, playing banjo.
Dolenz and Jones in Tom Sawyer
August 22-28, 1977
Dolenz and Jones in Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer in Sacramento, CA. Micky played Huck Finn and Davy Tom Sawyer in this musical version of Tom Sawyer.
Dolenz and Jones in The Point
December 22, 1977 - February 23, 1978
Davy had run into Harry Nilsson who decided to choose him for the lead role in his musical. Davy and Micky were working well together at this time, and Davy asked that Harry include Micky as well. A soundtrack album was released. This marked the end of collaboration among The Monkees until the mid-'80s.
Dolenz and Jones rehearsals for Harry Nilsson's The Point.
Dolenz and Jones album release - The Point.
Dolenz and Jones single release - "Lifeline"/"It's A Jungle Out There"/"Gotta Get Up".
Around this time, the four Monkees were offered starring roles in a McDonald's commercial. They met at Micky's house to consider the offer but ultimately turned it down. Nesmith was not interested in such a commercial but would have taken part in a motion picture project. Tork, as a vegetarian, was not interested in supporting McDonald's.
This year, the four Monkees did agree to reunite to present an Emmy award. However, a Screen Actors' Guild strike occurred, resulting in the cancellation of the event.
This year, Micky Dolenz directed some episodes of Nesmith's short-lived TV series Television Parts. Unfortunately, these never aired.