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The Talented Michael Nesmith Part Two

The Talented Michael Nesmith Part Two

The Monkees


Nesmith (center) with The Monkees in 1967
From 1965 to early 1970, Nesmith was a member of the television pop-rock band The Monkees, created for the television situation comedy of the same name. According to his May 2015 interview on Gilbert Gottfried’s podcast, someone showed him a copy of the famous press advertisement asking for “four insane boys” so he applied for the job. Nesmith won his role largely by appearing blasé when he auditioned. He wore a wool hat to keep his hair out of his eyes, riding his motorcycle to the audition. Producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider remembered “Wool Hat”, and called Nesmith back.
Once he was cast, Screen Gems bought his songs so they could be used in the show...

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The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Nine

The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Nine

Equipment

Guitars and amplifiers

The Fender Stratocaster Hendrix played at Woodstock

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Hendrix’s Gibson Flying V guitar
Hendrix played a variety of guitars throughout his career, but the instrument that became most associated with him was the Fender Stratocaster. He acquired his first Stratocaster in 1966, when a girlfriend loaned him enough money to purchase a used one that had been built around 1964. He thereafter used the model prevalently during performances and recordings. In 1967, he described the instrument as “the best all-around guitar for the stuff we’re doing”; he praised its “bright treble and deep bass sounds”.
With few exceptions, Hendrix played right-handed guitars that were turned upside down and restrung for left-hand playing...

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The Talented Michael Nesmith Part One

The Talented Michael Nesmith Part One

Michael Nesmith
Robert Michael Nesmith (born December 30, 1942) is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the pop rock band the Monkees and co-star of the TV series The Monkees (1966–1968). Nesmith’s songwriting credits include “Different Drum” (sung by Linda Ronstadt with the Stone Poneys).
Michael Nesmith

Nesmith performing at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, April 13, 2013
Background information
Birth name
Robert Michael Nesmith
Also known as
* Michael Blessing Nez Wool Hat Papa Nez
Born
December 30, 1942 (age 74)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres
* Rock pop folk country rock pop rock psychedelic rock
Occupations
* Musician composer author songwriter act...

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The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Eight

The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Eight

Substance abuse and violence
Hendrix would often become angry and violent when he drank too much alcohol or when he mixed alcohol with drugs. His friend Herbie Worthington explained: “You wouldn’t expect somebody with that kind of love to be that violent … He just couldn’t drink … he simply turned into a bastard”. According to journalist and friend Sharon Lawrence, Hendrix “admitted he could not handle hard liquor, which set off a bottled-up anger, a destructive fury he almost never displayed otherwise”.
In January 1968, the Experience travelled to Sweden for a one-week tour of Europe...

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The Talented Annette Funicello Part Two

The Talented Annette Funicello Part Two

Personal life

Funicello and Frankie Avalon reunited for the television special Good Ol’ Days, 1977
Funicello’s best friend was actress and singer Shelley Fabares. She and Fabares had been friends since they were young teenagers in a catechism class, and Fabares was a bridesmaid at Funicello’s first wedding. She was also very close to fellow Mouseketeers Lonnie Burr (she later claimed in an autobiography that he was her first boyfriend during the first season of the Mickey Mouse Club), Sharon Baird, Doreen Tracey, Cheryl Holdridge, her “Disney” co-star, Tommy Kirk, and her “Beach” movies co-star, Frankie Avalon. She dated singer/songwriter Paul Anka and he wrote his hit song “Puppy Love” about her. Annette was raised in a Catholic family.

Marriages a...

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The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Seven

The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Seven

Cry of Love Tour

Soon after the abruptly ended Band of Gypsys performance and their subsequent dissolution, Jeffery made arrangements to reunite the original Experience line-up. Although Hendrix, Mitchell, and Redding were interviewed by Rolling Stone in February 1970 as a united group, Hendrix never intended to work with Redding. When Redding returned to New York in anticipation of rehearsals with a re-formed Experience, he was told that he had been replaced with Cox. During an interview with Rolling Stone’s Keith Altham, Hendrix defended the decision: “It’s nothing personal against Noel, but we finished what we were doing with the Experience and Billy’s style of playing suits the new group better...

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The Talented Annette Funicello Part One

The Talented Annette Funicello Part One

Annette Funicello
Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013) was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular “Mouseketeers” on the original Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles “O Dio Mio”, “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess”, as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful “Beach Party” genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.
Annette Funicello

Funicello in 1968
Born
Annette Joanne Funicello
October 22, 1942
Utica, New York
Died
April 8, 2013 (aged 70)
Bakersfield, California
Cause of deat...

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The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Six

The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Six

Woodstock


Hendrix flashed a peace sign at the start of his performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock, August 18, 1969.
By 1969, Hendrix was the world’s highest-paid rock musician. In August, he headlined the Woodstock Music and Art Fair that included many of the most popular bands of the time. For the concert, he added rhythm guitarist Larry Lee and conga players Juma Sultan and Jerry Velez. The band rehearsed for less than two weeks before the performance, and according to Mitchell, they never connected musically. Before arriving at the engagement, Hendrix heard reports that the size of the audience had grown to epic proportions, which gave him cause for concern as he did not enjoy performing for large crowds...

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The Talented Harry Chapin Part Two

The Talented Harry Chapin Part Two

Personal life

Chapin met Sandy Cashmore (née Gaston), a New York socialite nine years his senior, in 1966, after she called him asking for music lessons. They married two years later. The story of their meeting and romance is told in his song, “I Wanna Learn a Love Song”. Chapin wrote several additional songs about her, including “Shooting Star” about their relationship, and “Sandy”. He had two children with her, Jennifer and Joshua, and was stepfather to her three children from a previous marriage, Jaime, Jason, and Jonathan.

Philanthropic work

Chapin resolved to leave his imprint on Long Island. He envisioned a Long Island where the arts flourished, universities expanded, and humane discourse was the norm...

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The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Five

The Talented Jimi Hendrix Part Five

Axis: Bold as Love

The second Experience album, Axis: Bold as Love, opens with the track “EXP”, which utilized microphonic and harmonic feedback in a new, creative fashion. It also showcased an experimental stereo panning effect in which sounds emanating from Hendrix’s guitar move through the stereo image, revolving around the listener. The piece reflected his growing interest in science fiction and outer space. He composed the album’s title track and finale around two verses and two choruses, during which he pairs emotions with personas, comparing them to colors. The song’s coda features the first recording of stereo phasing...

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