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Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz was born in Los Angeles on March 8, 1945. His dad, George, had starred in a number of films, and played the title character in the mid-1950s television series "The Count of Monte Cristo."

Micky first established himself as a performer at age ten when, under the stage name of ‘Micky Braddock,’ he starred in his first TV series, "Circus Boy," which aired from 1956 to 1958. In his teens, Micky guest-starred on a number of television shows. He also learned to play guitar and performed with a number of rock ’n’ roll bands, including one called The Missing Links.

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" TV show playing Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” and was chosen along with three other actor/musicians - Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork.

The Monkees’ debut single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” featuring Micky on lead vocals, hit the charts September 10, 1966 and rocketed to number one. Two days later, the television show debuted on NBC to great success. The TV ratings remained high for two seasons and Micky and the band starred in their own feature film, "Head," a 1968 psychedelic romp co-written by a young Jack Nicholson. The movie is now considered a cult classic.

Ultimately, The Monkees achieved their greatest success as recording artists selling in excess of 65 million units and achieving worldwide success.  

Their first four albums—"The Monkees" (1966); "More of the Monkees" (1967);  "Headquarters" (1967); and "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd." (1967) reached number one on the charts and launched three number-one singles: “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer” (with lead vocals by Micky), and “Daydream Believer.” The group’s first five albums also went gold.

In 1977, Micky flew to London to star in Harry Nilsson’s West End Musical, "The Point!" He planned to stay three months but remained for twelve years. During that time, Micky honed his behind-the-camera skills (which he first practiced on an episode of "The Monkees") as producer-director for the BBC and London Weekend Television. He also directed a short feature film, "The Box," written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python, and helmed numerous music videos. In 1982 Micky adapted and directed Alan Parker’s "Bugsy Malonefor London’s West End, which featured a very young and talented Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In 1986, MTV broadcast episodes of "The Monkees" show and exposed a whole new generation to ‘Monkeemania.’ Micky and Peter Tork recorded new tracks for Arista Records and the single, “That Was Then, This Is Now,” which became their first Top 20 record since 1968. Micky, Peter and Davy Jones subsequently reunited for a 1986 summer tour that was so successful it sparked the reissue of all The Monkees’ classic LPs as well as "Pool It!" on Rhino Records. At one point in 1987, there were seven Monkees’ albums on Billboard’s Top 200 LP’s Chart. In 1996, The Monkees again joined together, this time for a “30 Year Reunion” summer tour around America. The response was so great that they also toured the following year, this time finishing up in England.

When Micky returned to the United States, he went out on the road with the National Touring Company of Grease. Micky enjoyed musical theater so much that he accepted the lead role in a Canadian production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" in 1993, and in 2004 he starred in the Elton John/Tim Rice Broadway musical "Aida."

In 1993, Micky’s autobiography "I'M A BELIEVER; MY LIFE OF MONKEES, MUSIC, AND MADNESS" (Hyperion/Disney) was released. In addition to writing, Micky has divided his time between acting ("The Drew Carey Show," "Days Of Our Lives" and "General Hospital"); directing ("Boy Meets World" for ABC/Disney and "Pacific Blue" for USA Networks); and touring with his own band featuring his sister, Coco Dolenz.

In 2005 Dolenz was also on WCBS FM as an on-air personality, and released his first children’s book "GAKKY TWO-FEET" (Penguin), as well as "MICKY DOLENZ’ ROCK & ROLLIN’ TRIVA"  (Square One Publishers).  He also appeared in the revival of "Pippin’."

In March 2007,   Micky did a cameo for his friend Rob Zombie in his remake of "Halloween," as ‘Derek Allen’ - a gun-shop owner.

Also, Micky was featured in VH1’s recent Rock Doc "MONTEREY POP AT 40," and appeared on last year’s "Gone Country" on CMT; alongside George Clinton; Taylor Dane; and, Sheila E.

Micky began 2010 with a run in the London-West End production of "Hairspray" playing the character of ‘Wilbur Turnblad.’ In the Spring of 2011, and after a run of "Hairspray" on the National UK Tour, Micky once again hooked up with Davy Jones and Peter Tork of the The Monkees for a very successful tour of the USA in the spring of 2011.

Micky’s newest album, "King For a Day" is a tribute to the songs of Carole King (Gigatone Records).

Micky will soon be seen hosting a New Time Life show featuring an exciting new collector’s package of 60’s hits called the "60’s MUSIC REVOLUTION."

Currently, he lives with his wife, Donna, in California.