Davy Jones on the Ed Sullivan Show , Feb. 9, 1964

On February 9, 1964: More than 73 million people watched Davy Jones and the cast of Oliver! on the Ed Sullivan Show. The same show also featured the American TV debut of a band called the Beatles. Maybe you’ve heard of them.

Davy recalled: “I was performing a song from Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show when the Beatles made their American debut. I saw this amazing reaction and I thought “I want a bit of this- this is good.” I remember getting into the lift with Ringo Starr. I was always a cheeky little guy. He had a cold at the time and I remember saying, “Let me blow your nose for you, I’m closer than you are.” Ringo said, “I know.”

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The Monkees – Porpoise Song (Theme From HEAD) 1968

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On last night’s episode of Mad Men, this lush and psychedelic Monkees gem was played, perhaps symbolizing what is to come on the series.

“Porpoise Song” is played at both the beginning and end of the Monkees 1968 cult classic film HEAD, symbolizing the Monkees suicide from the trappings of teen idol-dom. I can’t wait to find out what it symbolizes for Don Draper and co.

The song was written and produced by Goffin & King, here is the demo version.

On this day in music history…

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On this day in 1966, production officially began on the Monkees television series. The first episode filmed was Don’t Look a Gift Horse in The Mouth with Bob Rafelson directing.

The first season of their television show would go on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series as well as winning an Outstanding Directing Emmy for James Frawley.