Today’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, March 12th) featured a tribute to the late Davy Jones and his 1960’s pop-rock group The Monkees.
The “focal point” of the band some derided as “The Prefab Four,” teen idol Davy Jones, born in Manchester, England in late 1945, died suddenly of a heart attack on February 29th. A 1960s version of the “boy band,” The Monkees transcended such origins and became much more independent and artistically important than most would have ever anticipated.
A former Santa Barbaran, Davy Jones was remembered in an interview that “The Freak Power Ticket”‘s host Ted Coe conducted with Andrew Sandoval, a Grammy-nominated producer and engineer, author of The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the 60s TV Pop Sensation, and the band’s last manager. (Sandoval is also the host of an online ’60’s music radio show, Welcome to the Sunshine.)
Mr. Sandoval reflected on his twenty-five years of friendship and eventual collaboration with Davy Jones and the entire quartet. The interview also touched on the legend behind the making of The Monkees’ 1968 cult-film Head, which was conceptualized in nearby Ojai by screenwriter Jack Nicholson and the band’s co-creator Bob Rafelson, who both went on to blaze new cinematic trails, especially during the 1970s.
Today’s “The Freak Power Ticket” broadcast was rounded out by selections of Monkees tracks, solo works, music by the band’s contemporaries, and covers.
An edited version is now available for playback or download, below.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the winter from 11am-12Noon.
Stay tuned next Monday at the same time for Part Two of this special conversation and Davy Jones tribute!