Micky Dolenz was born on March 8, 1945 in La. He’d a few television characters and played with groups before being cast in The Monkees, a show of a fictitious rock band. Though made for TV, The Monkees had real life hits and fought against their “Pre-Fab Four” picture. The show was canceled in 1968 as well as the group split in 1969.
Vocalist, musician, performer, writer, producer, director. Created George Michael Dolenz on March 8, 1945, in La, California. Dolenz grew up in La as the son of actor George Dolenz, who’s famous for playing the Count of Monte Cristo on television.
Mickey Dolenz started his own performing career early on, taking the stage name Micky Braddock. Following the show was canceled, Dolenz got a few guest appearances on such programs as Peyton Place. After high school, he studied architecture at Valley College as well as the Los Angeles Technical Institute.
In 1965, Dolenz reacted to an advertisement seeking young men to get a brand new television show. He auditioned for the show, as well as 430 other hopefuls. Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Dolenz were chosen for the newest television series of a rock group called the Monkees. Dolenz’ character played the drums, an instrument he was unfamiliar with. I used to be an actor playing a musician,” Dolenz afterwards described.
Only days ahead of the advent of the show, the Monkees released their first single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” which featured Dolenz on lead vocals. Meant as an anti-war song, it had been written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, songwriters and musicians who worked on the show.
The Monkees premiered on September 12, 1966, also it received a warm reception from television audiences who adored the hilarious antics of the group. Dolenz also got an opportunity to work behind the scenes on the show as the director of a single episode.
The Monkees continued to score hits on the music charts too. Their records sold countless copies.
While their fans adored them, music critics were less than type, criticizing them for being more of a commercial product than an actual rock act. Dolenz as well as the remaining group fought to develop more creative control, taking charge in their Headquarters record. However, their efforts failed to reach exactly the same degree of success as their earlier records.