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Cerys Matthews with Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz, drummer and singer of The Monkees, reflects on his outrageously successful career.

Born in Los Angeles in 1945, George Michael Dolenz, Jr. became famous at the age of 10 with his own TV show. He has since established himself as an actor on television, film, and musical theatre, and directed a number of movies and music videos. He will always be best known, though, as the drummer and lead singer of the pop-rock band The Monkees.

Dolenz described the Monkees as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band...that wanted to be the Beatles, that was never successful". The four actor-musicians, however, soon became a real band, going on to sell more than 75 million records worldwide. At their peak in 1967 they outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

Dolenz reflects in his outrageously successful career with Cerys, and spins some of the tunes that have defined his life.

50 minutes

Last on

Sun 11 Sep 2016 21:06GMT

Music Played

  • The Monkees

    Opening Theme

  • Chuck Berry

    Johnny B Goode

  • The Beatles

    Good Morning Good Morning

  • The Monkees

    Daily Nightly

  • Wendy Carlos

    Sinfonia to Cantata No. 29

  • Paul Williams

    My Name Is Tallulah

  • The Rolling Stones

    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

  • The Monkees

    Birth of an Accidental Hipster

  • The Monkees

    Pleasant Valley Sunday


  • Sat 10 Sep 2016 13:06GMT
  • Sun 11 Sep 2016 19:06GMT
  • Sun 11 Sep 2016 21:06GMT

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