42 years ago today, James Taylor released his fifth studio album, an LP which – although it remains regularly cited as a favorite amongst his fans – remains the only studio album in his catalog that didn’t go gold.
If you’re enjoying The Monkees’ new album, then you may be interested to know that today is the anniversary of when the Good Times! began on the foursome’s TV series: on this day in 1966, The Monkees commenced production.
We’re not talking about the series’ pilot, mind you, which was long since completed. No, it was 50 years ago today that Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork began filming “Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth,” the first proper episode of The Monkees. In a perfect encapsulation of how there’s neither rhyme nor reason to the order in which episodes are filmed versus when they’re aired, this actually ended up being the eighth episode of the series, but so it goes.
You may not know this, since it’s hardly gotten any press at all, but we released a new Monkees album today.
We know we’re most likely completely blindsiding you with this information, as it’s only been discussed in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and basically every print and online publication that covers pop culture in even the slightest capacity, so our apologies if we’ve startled you. If you feel like you need to sit down for a moment, we’d understand.