The Monkees Quiz

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Think you are a huge Monkees fan?! Test your knowledge with this quiz!

The Monkees concept was not successfully sold by Bob Rafelson until which film was released?

Although developed in 1962, studios did not want to take a chance on the Monkees until they saw shows about bands, like A Hard Day’s Night, could be successful.

Who played the croupier of the roulette wheel in “Monkees on the Wheel” and later returned to play in “Mijacogeo”?

Rip Taylor was not only the croupier, but also played the Wizard Glick in “Mijacogeo.”

What did the Monkees wear when they were performing on the first six episodes of the television show?

They changed into red double-breasted shirts to perform during the beginning of the first season, but costumes were more varied after that.

Before Micky Dolenz was cast as a Monkee, what role had he played as a child?

He played Corky, the Circus Boy, which ran from 1956 to 1958.

In “Monkee See, Monkee Die,” what do the Monkees inherit?

The Monkees are told they can inherit the organ if they play a song on it, but they end up staying the night and people keep disappearing in the house.

What unique item did Peter Nesmith wear to his audition for the Monkees?

The producers remembered him because he wore a wool cap to keep his hair out of his eyes and acted nonchalant about the whole thing.

When was the first full album by the Monkees released?

Although the first episode aired in September, the first album recorded by the Monkees as a band was not released until October 10, 1966. The Monkees were not allowed to function like a real band on it—they did not play instruments and contributed vocally one at a time.

In “The Monkees Watch Their Feet,” why were Micky’s feet backward?

Davy and Peter had to disarm the robot, rescue Micky, and incapacitate the aliens without Mike Nesmith. Mike was only in the opening scenes with Pat Paulsen and in a brief shot during the closing because he was recovering from a tonsillectomy.

Which singer changed his name so he wouldn’t be confused with one of the Monkees?

David Robert Jones (now David Bowie) was afraid he would be confused with Davy Jones so he changed his name.

What did Michael Nesmith’s mother invent that made her rich?

In 1979, Bettie Nesmith Graham sold her Liquid Paper correction fluid company to Gillette for $48 million (USD).

Which band was originally asked to be a part of the show?

Because John Sebastian, founder of the Lovin’ Spoonful, had already signed the group to a recording contract, the producers of the Monkees would not have been able to market any music from the show.

Which two unusual instruments did Peter Tork play on the original release of Headquarters?

Most of the Monkees were musicians prior to the show—although they were not allowed to use their talents much on the first two albums. Peter Tork not only played the harpsichord and banjo, but also many other instruments including the organ, French horn, and bass.

What is the name of the rival band in “Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers”?

“That was the Four Swine. Underneath their seemingly hard exterior, there are four pretty decent guys.”

Which song was the first single released by the Monkees and came out a few weeks before their television show?

“Last Train to Clarksville” stayed at #1 for 13 weeks and returned to the charts 20 years later during the Monkees’ reunion.

Which famous musician smashes a piano in “Art, For Monkees’ Sake”?

Liberace played himself for publicity reasons.

Who played The Big Man in “Monkees in a Ghost Town”?

Rose Marie was also known for her roles on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Love Boat, and The Doris Day Show.

At the end of many shows the producers arranged for what?

The pilot did poorly at first, but after Robert Rafelson added in clips from the screen tests for each of the boys, the audience loved it. In the future, when the show ran short, they would add impromptu interviews with band members to fill in the time.

In “Royal Flush,” Davy saves the princess of what country?

The Archduke Otto was trying to kill his niece so he could rule Harmonica.

According to “Daydream Believer,” “My _____ cold and it stings”?

“The six o’clock alarm would never ring. But it rings and I rise, wipe the sleep out of my eyes. My shavin’ razor’s cold and it stings.”

Who originally auditioned for Peter Tork’s part and was turned down?

Stephen Stills went on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice on the same night (for work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, and Nash).

Davy Jones won a Tony for his performance in a musical prior to being chosen as the lead singer for the Monkees. Which musical was it?

Davy Jones played the Artful Dodger in “Oliver!” and not only won a Tony, but also was on the Ed Sullivan Show the same night as the Beatles.

Who directed “Monkees Marooned”?

James Frawley was a frequent director for the Monkees’ episodes, but Peter Tork (“Monkees Mind Their Manor”) and Micky Dolenz (“The Frodis Caper: Mijacogeo”) both directed one show each toward the end of the series.

When did the last episode of the Monkees air?

The show was cancelled on March 25, 1968 because the group wanted to change the show’s format. They wanted to turn it into an hour-long variety show, but NBC refused.

In “The Monkees Christmas Show,” what was the name of the boy the Monkees babysat?

“Smile at the pretty girl, Melvin.” “I can’t smile!”

When did Davy Jones die?

He was riding his favorite horse when he complained of chest pains. Although he was rushed to the hospital, he died of a heart attack caused by coronary artery disease.

The framed crosspatch on the wall in the Monkees’ apartment says what?

The Monkees were fun-loving and poor, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they felt money was the root of all evil.

In “I’ve Got a Little Song Here,” which song did Mike want the music publisher to produce?

Mike Nesmith is credited with writing “Gonna Buy Me A Dog,” but Boyce and Hart wrote the featured version.

What kind of car did the Monkees drive?

The 1967 Pontiac GTO was converted into the Monkeemobile by Dean Jeffries.

Which famous actor co-wrote the Monkees’ movie, Head?

Wanting to create an anti-Monkees film, they hired Jack Nicholson to write it. Unfortunately, the public loved the Monkees, and the film only made $17,000 after the producers $750,000 to make it.

Where was Peter Tork born?

He was born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington, D. C., on February 13, 1942.

What did Davy Jones do for a living prior to becoming an actor?

Davy Jones was 5’ 3” and spent several months studying to be a jockey before beginning an apprenticeship as one.

Which song title was misspelled on the first printing of The Monkees album?

When “Papa Gene’s Blues” was printed as “Papa Jean’s Blues,” RCA had to correct it. Corrected albums have an “RE” added to their catalog number showing it was revised.

Ideally, Micky Dolenz would have sung lead, Davy Jones would have played drums, Peter Tork would have taken lead guitar, and Mike Nesmith bass. However, this was only rarely depicted such as in which music video?

Although Dolenz could not play drums prior to the first show, he was chosen as drummer because producers did not want Jones swallowed by the drum set with his short stature.

What was the title of the first episode broadcast at the beginning of the second season?

Micky and the bandito meet at high noon, but the clock only strikes eleven in “It’s a Nice Place to Visit.”

In “Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth,” the Monkees landlord says, “Well, if you were just pretending okay. But don’t let me catch you keeping a real…?

Although Micky jumped around pretending to be a werewolf, Davy brought a live horse into the apartment and the boys dressed up as a horse to fool the landlord.

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