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Joey Molland’s first solo record in close to a decade is a collaboration with the talented/wacky producer Mark Hudson, and a very pleasant listen from front to back. It finds Molland (who co-wrote the ten tunes with Hudson) playing up the pop-oriented strengths he first exhibited with Badfinger, and Hudson (who also plays and sings throughout) once again embracing the “Beatlesque mad wizard” guise he displayed during his tenure as Ringo Starr’s producer and musical director. Truth be told, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine Starr singing many of the tunes on “Be True to Yourself”, particularly the inspirational title track (with its oh-so-Beatles ’67 end bit), “This Time,” or the sunny-sounding “Rainy Day Man.” Hudson does a good job of masking some of Molland’s slightly gruff vocalizing by utilizing guests such as Julian Lennon, Jason Scheff and Micky Dolenz to lend some vocal support, while former Wings drummer Steve Holley mans the kit.

The Pete Ham-like vocal affectations on “I Don’t Wanna Be Done With You” and the cute little wink to “No Matter What” at the close of “All I Want to Do” should make the listener smile, as will most of the rest of Be True to Yourself.

Fifty years ago today, September 12th, 1966, The Monkees hit the TV airwaves for the first time.

Developed by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, the series was inspired by the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night. By April of 1965, a pilot script had been written by Paul Mazursky, who would go on to write and direct Academy Award nominated films Harry & Tonto and An Unmarried Woman, and Larry Tucker, who co-wrote and was nominated for an Oscar for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and casting began.

Ads were placed in industry papers looking for “folk & rock musicians-singers for acting roles in a new TV series” and described the characters as “4 insane boys”.  Out of 400 auditions, the producers settled on Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith. They were taught improvisational comedy and Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart were brought in to develop their sound.

The Monkees debuted on September 12th, 1966 with the episode Royal Flush (the original pilot was held for the tenth week) and was directed by James Frawley and written by Robert Schlitt and Peter Meyerson. As with every other episode in the series, the show included music, in this case This Just Doesn’t Seem to Be My Day and Take a Giant Step.