HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! We just want to wish all you sexy Mothers a very special day! We hope you know how special and loved you are!
In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought it was a perfect time to feature the beautiful and talented Janelle Johnson, Micky Dolenz’s mother!
Janelle Johnson (December 2, 1923 – December 2, 1995) was an actress in films of the 1940s. She married actor George Dolenz (1908–63) and was the mother of Micky Dolenz of the 1960s pop group the Monkees. Her English daughter-in-law was Samantha Juste, co-host of BBC television’s Top of the Pops in its early days. Her granddaughter Ami Dolenz also became a film actress.
Johnson was born in Austin, Texas. She won the drama award at the University of Texas at Austin and performed on a local radio show called Janelle Sings. Her films included David O. Selznick’s Academy Award-winning Since You Went Away (1944), with Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Robert Walker and Shirley Temple, and The Brute Man (1946), directed by Jean Yarbrough, with Rondo Hatton and Jane “Poni” Adams.
Johnson met her Trieste-born Slovene husband, George Dolenz, while performing in a stage play called Return Engagement, but largely gave up acting after their marriage. She and Dolenz had four children, Micky, the eldest, born in 1945, and three daughters. After Dolenz’s death in 1963, she married, in 1965, Robert Scott, a minister of religion who officiated at the wedding in 1968 of Micky Dolenz and Samantha Juste. Scott died in 1985.
Johnson died of cancer in Los Gatos, California on her 72nd birthday.
Obviously, we think Micky’s mother is the greatest woman on the planet because she gave birth to our boyfriend!
All this excitement over the new Monkees Tour this summer, I got a little nostalgic and started looking at my pictures from the 2012 tour.
This is my the best picture of Micky Dolenz I have ever taken. I think it’s simply beautiful. Even though we can’t see his face, the lighting is spectacular and makes him look larger than life (shout out to the Monkees sound and lighting crew).
Micky is awesome. No wonder I love him so much. And this is the butt all you lucky 2013 tour ticket holders get to see in person! If you look directly at it, you see God, the whole universe and other cool shit.
The Monkees are returning to the road in July for a 24-date American tour they are dubbing “A Midsummer’s Night With the Monkees.” As was the case on their reunion tour in late 2012, it will feature surviving members Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. “The reaction to the last tour was euphoric,” Micky Dolenz tells Rolling Stone. “It was pretty apparent there was a demand for another one.”
The show will present the Monkees’ songs in chronological order, utilizing archival video and photographs to tell their story. The evening begins with early hits like “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer” before focusing on their 1967 LP Headquarters and then wrapping up with material from their final albums, such as “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Listen to the Band.”
Last year’s Monkees tour marked the group’s first American concerts with Michael Nesmith since he left the group in 1970. (He did reunite with the group for a brief U.K. tour in 1997.) “We always kept his songs in the setlist,” says Dolenz. “But when he sings the leads it brings a whole different feel and dynamic to the band . . . The two of us had such a nice blend on those early records. It was two-part harmonies like the Everly Brothers.”
Michael Nesmith’s mother invented Liquid Paper and left him a considerable fortune when she passed away. He mostly stayed clear from the music world during the past few decades, but around 2011 he began playing small solo gigs. “I saw him with the Watkins Family at Largo a couple of years ago,” says Nesmith. “This is before the Monkees reunited in 2011, and before David [Jones] passed. Mike said to me, ‘I just started listening to my own songs. I realized that stuff wasn’t half bad. Then I just started picking up my guitar and playing a bit. It sounded pretty good.’”
Monkees fans erupted with euphoria when he returned to the stage last year. “That went a long way towards convincing him that people do want to see him again and hear his songs,” says Dolenz. “It’s almost like, ‘How can you not do it?’”
Davy Jones passed away in February of 2012, and the group’s tour later that year paid tribute to him many times throughout the night. “This time we probably won’t lean so heavily on the David situation,” says Dolenz. “I think we have to move on. Everybody has to move on. He’ll always be remembered and acknowledged, but possibly not as much as on that particular tour. We will, of course, still perform ‘Daydream Believer’ and all the other hits.”
There are no firm plans beyond these summer dates in America, but Dolenz expects the tour to keep going. “I can be frank and tell you we are thinking about taking it everywhere,” he says. “There’s always been interest in Japan, Eurasia and Australia and New Zealand. There’s a huge fan base in South America and Brazil in specific, which we’ve never really tapped into. There’s also talk about Europe and the U.K.”
The Monkees haven’t recorded a new album since 1996’s JustUs. “I’d love to make a new one,” says Dolenz. “We haven’t had any discussions about that beyond, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a new one?’ We’re just taking this whole thing one step at a time.”
Tickets for the tour begin going on sale May 3rd. Here are the complete dates:
7/15 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
7/16 Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
7/17 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
7/19 NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY
7/20 Mann Music Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
7/21 Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
7/23 Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
7/24 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
7/26 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, FL
7/27 Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, FL
7/28 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
7/31 Long Center, Austin, TX
8/1 Arena Theatre, Houston, TX
8/2 Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX
8/3 Brady Theater, Tulsa, OK
8/5 Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
8/9 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
8/10 Green Valley Events Center, Henderson, NV
8/11 Humphreys, San Diego, CA
8/12 Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, CA
8/14 Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
8/15 Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA
8/17 Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
8/18 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
There’s talk of an international tour AND a potential new album so it looks like our boys are in it for the long haul.
Unfortunately this tour is not coming anywhere near me but I’ve been blessed to see The Monkees (in one form or another) almost 20 times and I’m so happy for those who get to see them for the first time. It’s a magical experience and one you’ll never forget.
Good luck getting tickets! We’ll try to keep you posted as much as we can but remember that Ticketmaster is ALWAYS your best option!
I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but I hate that tickets for the 2013 Monkees Tour are being sold at different places. This is going to cause a lot of drama if people don’t know where and when to buy tickets.
For example, Ticketmaster had confirmed on their site a show in Henderson, NV: The Monkees
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 08:00 PM
Green Valley Ranch Grand Events Center
Henderson, NV Tickets on sale
Fri May 3 10:00 AM