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The Monkees in the American Pop Music Hall of Fame!

After years of being snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Monkees have been inducted into the American Pop Music Hall of Fame, joining other luminaries as The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Chicago, Dean Martin and other Pop Music greats. Unlike the RRHOF which has a small and elite voting board, The Monkees received many public votes, topping Johnny Mathis who led the votes last year.

December 9, 2013

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame Announces Inductees

14 acts voted into sophomore class

Chicago, Monkees, Bee Gees among inductees

Chicago, the Monkees and the Bee Gees are among the 14 pop acts selected by public vote for induction into the sophomore class of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

The Monkees, who have famously been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, topped the 2014 public vote for the Pop Music Hall of Fame. (Johnny Mathis led the vote for 2013 inductees).

Also elected into the Hall of Fame are Tony Bennett, the Carpenters, Buddy Holly, Elton John, Carole King, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, Patti Page, the Platters, Simon & Garfunkel and the Supremes.

Inductees had to have a charted song prior to 1971 to be considered. They were selected from 25 nominees chosen by a music industry panel based on the breadth, depth and influence of the artists’ recordings. These, alphabetically, are the 2014 inductees into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

After a series of pop/rock ballads in the ‘60s, they were stayin’ alive in the ‘70s by commandeering the disco era….The Bee Gees

His trek from “Rags to Riches” has covered seven decades, but he left his heart in San Francisco…Tony Bennett

This brother-sister act defined the soft-rock era with songs such as “Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” in the early ‘70s…The Carpenters

They successfully fused rock, pop and jazz over three decades with hits such as “Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4” and “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day”… Chicago

With just 18 months in the spotlight, he nonetheless influenced generations of singers…Buddy Holly

He’s the No. 1 solo artist in pop history – and he’s still standing…Elton John

A singer-songwriter, she recorded the iconic album of the ‘70s with “Tapestry”…Carole King

A star of stage, screen and television – and a singer, too! – everybody loves… Dean Martin

They received more votes than any other 2014 nominee. Hey, hey, they’re…The Monkees

His sensational, soaring voice helped define the ‘60s with “Oh Pretty Woman” and “Blue Bayou”…Roy Orbison

With “Tennessee Waltz,” “Allegheny Moon” and “Old Cape Cod,” she was a rock star before the phrase was coined…Patti Page

Their silky smooth ballads from the ‘50s and early ‘60s remain jukebox favorites…The Platters

Their poetic folk music from “Sounds of Silence” to “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” inspired a generation… Simon & Garfunkel

With five consecutive No. 1 singles in the mid-‘60s, they were the face of Motown…The Supremes

The artists join The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton and Stevie Wonder in America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

Source: Monkees.net

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King, Usher & Belafonte Join Rock and Roll HOF Lineup

Carole King, Usher and Harry Belafonte have joined the line up to honor the class of 2013 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

Legendary singer/songwriter King will perform in recognition of her former producer and manager Lou Adler, who will be inducted by stoner icons Cheech & Chong, while R&B star Usher will hit the stage to pay tribute to iconic producer Quincy Jones. Both honorees will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes non-performers for their outstanding contributions.
Meanwhile, veteran rocker John Fogerty will team up with Jackson Browne to salute Randy Newman; Chris Cornell will induct Heart, and calypso star Belafonte and director Spike Lee will help to celebrate the career of rap group Public Enemy.
Previously announced presenters and performers include Dave Grohl, Don Henley, John Mayer, and Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera, who will salute disco queen Donna Summer at the Los Angeles event.

Micky Dolenz, Lead Singer and Drummer of The Monkees Announces Upcoming Solo Album, ‘Remember’, Poised for Worldwide Release on September 25, 2012

Micky Dolenz, lead singer and drummer of The Monkees is gearing up to release his new album, Remember, which features many songs that mark great milestones in his life, as well as some new songs. This album is scheduled to release worldwide on September 25, 2012 (Waterfront Ent. Group/RoboRecords and Universal Music Distribution).

Produced and largely arranged by David Harris, Remember promises classic tunes that will evoke some cherished memories from listeners of all ages. Dolenz opens up a time capsule of pop hits from decades ago, updating them with a tone that is reminiscent of his younger days as a Monkee and appreciative of the music that continues to inspire him.

The lyrics of the warm ballad, “Remember,” encapsulate this nostalgia—“Remember is a place from long ago / Filled with everything you know / Life is just a memory / Close your eyes and you can see / Think of all that life can be.”

“Remember had just been finished when we heard the tragic news of Davy Jones’ passing” added Rob Christie, President of Robo Records/Waterfront Ent. “which made the theme all the more poignant for Micky.”

The track list of Remember portrays an “audio scrapbook of the important songs in my life that had meant something to me for one reason or another,” according to Dolenz. He incorporates new versions of classic songs, re-imagined. The original writers of these songs range from some of his pals to The Beatles, Carole King, Harry Nilsson, and Neil Diamond.

One of Dolenz’ most exciting memories lies behind his cover of The Beatles’ “Good Morning Good Morning.” He reminisces, “One day, Paul [McCartney] invited me down to Abbey Road studios for a new album they were doing [Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band]. I must have expected some kind crazy, love-festival, Beatlemania event so I got dressed accordingly. I must have looked like a cross between Ronald McDonald and Charles Manson!” He was surprised when he got to the studio, since it had plain white walls and the only people there were the Fab Four in jeans and t-shirts, just playing their music. John Lennon called out, “Hey Monkee Man!” and offered to play Dolenz a song they had been working on… “Good Morning Good Morning.” This song was “burned into my neural pathways forever,” he says. And now he performs his own version of it as the lead track on Remember.

Remember also features a cover of the Chuck Berry classic, “Johnny B. Goode,” in homage to the start of his Monkeescareer. “The song was my audition piece for The Monkees, and that’s the song that got me the gig which changed my life forever.” After The Monkees began skyrocketing, Dolenz developed his musical personality even further.

“Several of these tracks are songs that I had been offered [in the past] by incredible song writers and I had turned them down for some stupid reason or another. They went on to become big hits for other artists,” according to Dolenz. For example, “‘Sugar Sugar’ was supposed to be the next Monkees song.” It was the song that caused a historic revolt between The Monkees and their producers. Of course, it went on to become a huge number one hit for the Archies… a cartoon band!Dolenz explains, “I never wanted to do the song, but producer David Harris did an incredible arrangement for this new album and talked me into it. It’s now become one of my favorites on the album!”

Dolenz felt he couldn’t have released this album without including his most famous vocal track of The Monkees, “I’m a Believer,” written by Neil Diamond. “The song became such an important track in my career.” In the re-imagined version onRemember, Dolenz wanted to do something completely different with it. “I’ve always wanted to do a country version of this song, and this was my opportunity. And yes, kids… I recorded this long before Shrek,” Dolenz jokes.

For Micky Dolenz, the friendship that evolved along with the music-making magic was another inspiration for the theme of this album. “We hit upon the title ‘Remember’ because of my dear friend Harry Nilsson, who I was very close to. I was actually there when he wrote the song [“Remember”]… and it stayed with me for the rest of my life.”

Micky Dolenz’ Remember is an enjoyable and fun audio scrapbook of Dolenz’ most cherished memories. It is sure to be a special treat for all audiences ~ Get ready to take a trip down memory lane!