TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 440: Tribute to Peter Tork and The Monkees with guest Chuck Harter
Original Airdates: Mar. 1-3, 2019
Tribute to The Monkees, Part 1: Ed, Tony and Donna commemorate the passing of Peter Tork with a replay of our April 2018 look at the legacy of The Monkees and their impact on music and television. Joining us is music historian and documentary writer Chuck Harter. Chuck wrote Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees, the acclaimed Disney Channel documentary for which he interviewed Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and other key people behind the Monkees phenomenon.
Tribute to The Monkees, Part 2: Music historian and documentary writer Chuck Harter (Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees) discusses the phenomenal success of The Monkees television series, the controversy over the use of sessions musicians on the band’s first two albums (and how that led the Monkees to take control over their own music, beginning with the album Headquarters), and how Peter Tork was completely unlike the character he played on the TV series.
Tribute to The Monkees, Part 3: Documentary writer Chuck Harter (Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees) talks to Tony, Donna and Ed about how the Monkees world tour of 1967 changed the dynamics of The Monkees television series during the show’s second season while also revolutionizing sound systems for live concerts.
Tribute to The Monkees, Part 4: Ed, Tony, Donna and guest Chuck Harter (Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees) discuss the success of the various Monkees reunion tours after their 1986 comeback and how the death of Davy Jones in 2012 changed the dynamics of the group.
Tribute to The Monkees, Part 5: Ed, Tony, Donna and Chuck Harter discuss the Monkees feature motion picture Head and how the ill-fated NBC special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee marked the beginning of the end of the group.