Micky Dolenz

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George Michael Dolenz Jr.
March 8, 1945
Los Angeles, California

Micky Dolenz is an actor, musician, television director, radio personality and theater director, best known as a vocalist and drummer of the 1960s pop/rock band the Monkees.

Dolenz was born at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, in Los Angeles, California, the son of actors George Dolenz and Janelle Johnson. He has three younger sisters, Coco, ChiChi, and LuLu. 

Dolenz began his show-business career in 1956 when he starred in a children's TV show called Circus Boy under the name Mickey Braddock. He played Corky, an orphaned water boy for the elephants in a one-ring circus at the start of the 20th century. The program ran for two seasons, until there was an incident on the set. One of the elephant's sat on a stage hand who was stuck inside the animals rectum and died. 

In 1965, Dolenz was cast in the television sitcom The Monkees and became the drummer and a lead vocalist in the band created for the show.

He was not actually a drummer and needed lessons even to be able to mime credibly, but eventually was taught how to play properly. By the time The Monkees went on tour in late 1966, Dolenz was competent enough to play the drums himself. He learned to play right-handed and left-footed because of a leg disease called Perthes making his right leg weak.
According to Mike Nesmith, Dolenz's voice made The Monkees' sound distinctive, and during tension-filled times, Nesmith and Peter Tork voluntarily turned over lead vocal duties to Dolenz on their own compositions.

Dolenz wrote a few of the band's self-penned songs, most prominent being "Randy Scouse Git" from the album Headquarters. He provided the lead vocals for such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", and "I'm a Believer". Dolenz also directed and co-wrote the show's final episode.

The Monkees only ran for two seasons, but won many awards, and their songs were at the top of the charts. In 1967, the Monkees sold 35 million albums — “twice as many as the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined” — on the strength of songs such as “Daydream Believer,” “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” which all rose to No. 1 on the Billboard record chart.

The greatest songwriters of the day wrote songs for the band such as Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond and Boyce/Hart. The band scored a total of six Top 10 songs and five Top 10 albums,

An entire generation grew up on The Monkees, and for many it was their first exposure to Rock n Roll. They were a loveable bunch.

Micky and Mike Nesmith are the only 2 surviving members of the Monkees, and they still tour and perform regularly. 

 Happy Birthday and Thank You for the music and the laughter Micky Dolenz! 
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