The Monkees TV series premiered on NBC on 12 September 1966.
The pilot episode “Royal Flush” (directed by James Frawley) was awarded an Emmy the following year for “Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.”
Some of you may know how a comment by George inspired the writing of “The Rain Song”:"George [Harrison] was talking to Bonzo one evening and said, and ‘The problem with you guys is that you never do ballads.’ I said, "I’ll give him a ballad," and I wrote ‘Rain Song,’ which appears on Houses of the Holy. In fact, you’ll notice I even quote ‘Something’ in the song’s first two chords.” - Jimmy Page, Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy PageThe song was also on George’s jukebox at Friar Park and was played at Dhani and Sola’s wedding (Sola walked down the aisle to the tune, asVogue reported 28 August 2012). And then there is of course this story that took place at John Bonham’s birthday party in 1973…
"[V]irtually everyone present ended up in the pool after George Harrison clobbered Bonzo with his own birthday cake." - Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 16 June 1973
"George Harrison crowned Bonham with his own birthday cake. Bonzo chased the former Beatle and threw him and his wife [Pattie] into the pool fully clothed, followed by anybody he could lay his hands on. Jimmy, meekly complaining he couldn’t swim, was allowed to walk into the pool in his new white suit with the ‘ZoSo’ symbol on the back. Harrison later claimed it was the most fiun he’d had since the Beatles." - When Giants Walked The Earth: A Biography of Led Zepplin
"Bonzo wanted me to take a picture of him and George and Patti [sic] with my little camera. I’m looking at the camera, trying to take the picture, but it was jammed, and Bonzo got all mad and threw me, Patti [sic] and George in the pool." - Rodney Bingenheimer, Led Zepplin: The Oral History of the World’s Greatest Rock Band
"Harrison felt there was something special about Led Zepplin. So when Bonham wanted his picture taken with George, the former Beatle was flattered - but he was also a little hesitant. After all, he knew about Zeppelin’s reputation for practical jokes and was wary that Bonham might have something else planned besides a photograph. So George decided to strike the first blow. He walked over to the birthday cake, picked up its top tier, raised it over Bonzo’s head, and dumped it on the drummer.
There were gasps from the party-goers. And then laughter. John chased after George, caught him within a few steps, and then lifted Harrison up and tossed him into the pool.
Almost instantly, full-fledged pandemonium broke out. Bonzo was pushed into the water, and most of the other party guests followed close behind.
Jimmy, meanwhile, rather than risk being pushed into the pool, gracefully walked down the steps into the water, wearing an elegant white suite. ‘Hell, I don’t know how to swim,’ he said. ‘I’m going to stake out a place in the shallow water before someone pushes me in the deep end.’” - Stairway To Heaven: Led Zepplin Uncensored
After months of living hand to mouth, Jimi Hendrix and his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham moved into the ground floor of 34 Montague Square, London, at the end of 1966. The flat’s owner, Ringo Starr, had loaned it to Chas Chandler as a favor. This iconic session from David Magnus dates from February 1967 and shows Hendrix posing on the pavement nearby. He is wearing a badge bearing the name of his hero, Bob Dylan. Later in 1967 Hendrix was obliged to leave Montague Square because, Chandler claimed, unhappy neighbors invoked a clause forbidding black tenants.
Beatles. Blackpool Big Night Out. July 19, 1964
The video of this show has disappeared, believed wiped!
There is some private audio. They played: A Hard Day’s Night, Things We Said Today, You Can’t Do That, If I Fell (with a fasle start – ‘to prove we’re playing live’) and Long Tall Sally.