The SMS Trivia Question of the Week 5/4

Yessiree, here we are with The SMS Trivia Quiz for Tuesday May 4th. Kindly brought to us each week by all the cool folks at Omnivore Recordings! Your place for “All the music you didn’t know, you didn’t know.” However! Before we get to this weeks Quiz, we’d like to recognize all the brilliant readers who chimed in on last week’s question, which was: A lyrical question, where we quoted a lyric from one of our favorite Pop morsels from 1966 and asked you all about it! Coming in fast and first was Mr. Clark Besch! Well done old boy! Coming in second place because “he had to walk his dog” or something like that was Mr. Edmund Clark Simmons! Mr. Ed…..REALLY?  Next in and scoring an A- ( because he mixed up his Davies Bros.) but he still scores a totally Groovey Omnivore Recordings CD was the totally Trivial Mr. Jeff Conroy! Congrats and way to go Mr. C !

But now! It’s time for this weeks new Trivia Quiz: We think it’s time for a little “Monkey Shine” Yes! This weeks quiz is all about the band many folks referred to as “The Prefab” Four! The Monkees!  During the roll up and amid all the hype and promotion of the show and It’s four stars There was an emphasis on how the. Band consisted of four complete unknowns, in an enffort to build a bit of “Mystique! But the truth is all four of these “Unknowns” were most definitely in the show biz mix! In this weeks quiz we’ll be asking you to fill in the blanks in each Monkee’s past! We’ll start with Monkee Mickey Dolenz! Mickey got his start by landing a co-starring role in a 1950’s weekly T.V. Series! What was the title of the series and what was the name of the character he. Played? Next, Davey Jones ( The cute Monkee) Davey got his start on the Broadway stage playing one of the main characters in a popular and long running stage musical,  both on Broadway and London’s West End! What was the name of the show and what character he played ? AND for SMS Super Genius status explain how Davey’s performance in this show connects him to The Beatles ? Next up, Michael Woolhat Nesmith!  ( The quiet Monkee)Prior to The Monkees Mike had already signed a record deal and a deal with a major music publisher leading to Mike having a minor hit of his own, but under a different name! First, give us Mikes other name he went by as a solo artist? Plus, give us the title to his song that Linda Ronstadt had a hit with?

Lastly, we have Peter Tork, although Peter did little more than busking on the streets of Greenwich Village, in L.A. he was hanging and jamming with many of L.A.’s “Soon to be Superstars! In fact at the time of his audition his roommate would soon go on to be part of The Laurel Canyon Mafia but more importantly one of the 60’s most talented and celebrated singer /  songwriter Superstars of the 60’s and beyond! Who was Peter’s  roommate? So, there you have our Monkee Business for the week!

In summary, here’s what we need:

1) Which 1950’s T.V. Series did Mickey Dolenz get his start, and what was the name of the character did he play ?

2) What Popular Broadway musical did Davey Jones get his start in and which Character did he play ? And for extra credit explain how one particular performance connected him to the Beatles ?

3) Prior to becoming a Monkee Michael Nessmith recorded a solo album,  What name did he record under ? Plus name at least one song from this solo work ? Additionally during this early pre Monkee period, Linda Ronstadt recorded one of Nesmith’s songs and had Top 20 hit! What is the title of that song ?

4) Peter Tork has the least impressive pre – Monkee resume, although we was building relationships with several soon to be Rock Superstars! In fact, his roommate at the time was soon to be one of Rocks “Mega Star! Who was Peter’s Roommate ?

As always, whether your covertly checking with Wikipedia, rifleing  thru your old copies of “Tiger Beat” or simply browsing through your 60’s record collection, click on the link just below and check out OMNIVORE RECORDINGS HomePage and pick out some of the coolest music in the known world and beyond!

“May the 4th be with you”




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  1. This site is super groovey and I have it bookmarked!
    Corky and Lloyd Thaxton – I forgot all about them – so many memories are unearthed for me here thanks to you Super Music Geniuses, starting with Mr. Rick Shoemaker.
    Also, I get to hear from old friends here, music & old friends, nothing better.
    Thanks for the memories!

    • Hey Doranney!
      I’m so happy to see you here regularly! And thank you for the kinds words! And Ibelieve you nailed our “Mission Statement with”Old Friends and music” although I’d make one minor adjustment to “Old Friends and OLD Music”
      Thanx again for your words of encouragement and please don’t be a stranger!

    • Hey Jim, I think I understand and Agee with you! One thing is for sure it was such a great rush to see Lloyd Thaxton again! And apparently that feeling resonated with many of our readers, just check the comments section Jim, thanx so much, you never fail to deliver a rare and fascinating Video clip
      That guy (Nesmith) had such a beautiful voice that few people rarely heard till after he left the Monkees! Additionally I think he is also an extremely unappreciated songwriter! Just listen to his song “Joanne” from his First National Band days! Have a listen here:

  2. Circus Boy – Corky
    Oliver – Artful Dodger
    Michael Blessing – until it’s time for you to go – different drum
    Stephen Stills

  3. Circus Boy- Corky was the character.
    Oliver – The Artful Dodger. Davey watched the Beatles from side stage at the Ed Sullivan Show.
    Michael Blessing was his 1st stage name. “Different Drum”
    Stephen Stills was Peter’s roomate.
    Have a great week!

    • Hey Jeffrey, once again…First in with all the right answers and more!
      Way to go Dude! Next question is only 4 days away!
      See you there!

  4. Ah! You are correct, Sir!
    Ray wrote ‘Dandy’, but I still got to work with Dave!
    Good times!!

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