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Micky Dolenz first established himself as a performer at age ten when he starred in his first TV series, Circus Boy. In autumn 1965, Micky was one of 400 applicants who responded to a trade ad announcing auditions for a new TV show about a rock band. Micky auditioned for The Monkees playing Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode and was chosen along with three other entertainers – Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The Monkees debut single, Last Train to Clarksville, featuring Micky on lead vocals, hit the charts on September 10, 1966, and rocketed to number one. The Monkees TV Show won an Emmy and the group sold in excess of 65 million albums. In 1986, MTV broadcast episodes of The Monkees show and exposed a whole new generation to ‘Monkeemania.’ At one point in 1987, there were seven Monkees’ albums on Billboard’s Top 200 LP’s Chart. While living in England, Micky became enamored with musical theater and went on to star in a number of productions both in the UK and on Broadway including – Grease, Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Aida, Pippin, and Hairspray.
Three of the Monkees (Micky, Davy, and Peter) re-grouped for a worldwide tour beginning in June of 2011. Spanning both England and the U.S, the reviews on Dolenz were particularly impressive- the review in the Huffington Post compared his voice to a brilliant cross between Roy Orbison and Freddie Mercury. In 2012, Micky released a solo album entitled “Remember”, a musical scrapbook of his life and featuring songs from his friends and associates including Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Paul Williams, David Gates and Carole King. In November/December 2012 Micky re-grouped with bandmates Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork for a series of Monkee-reunion shows that also served to celebrate the life and career of their friend and compatriot, Davy Jones. In July 2013, The Monkees hit the road again for a 24 city tour called “A Midsummer’s Night With The Monkees”. “The reaction to the last tour was euphoric,” Micky Dolenz told Rolling Stone.