Friday, February 19, 2016

Musical Interlude: Lovelight (1979)

After the Monkees initially went their separate ways, Michael Nesmith was the first to release a solo record, going so far as to sign with Warner Bros. or one of its associated labels. Davy Jones, of course, continued to act and made the rounds of guest star appearances, usually asked to sing (i.e. Brady Bunch, New Scooby-Doo Movies). Peter Tork would later form a new band. Micky Dolenz? Gee, didn't he do anything on his own, besides cartoons?

Yes, he did.

After a few voice jobs for Hanna-Barbera between 1971-77, Micky went back into the studio and cut his own record. "Lovelight" didn't get much airplay on local radio that I know of in 1979, but I just happened across this on YouTube, and just had to post it. Known as a drummer and vocalist with the Monkees, it turns out Micky can also play the harmonica, as you'll see here. Oh, by the way, he directed the clip himself.

Written as an ode to his then-wife, Trina, Micky should've gotten more attention, even on the adult contemporary charts, but pop radio was dominated by disco, even though that was on its last legs.

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