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Classic Rockers Talk About Rock Life in the 60s/70s


By Dave Price — Senior Writer

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

Mickey Dolenz vividly recalls the first time he realized he wasn’t just an actor playing a rock and roll drummer on TV anymore, but a full-fledged rock star.

It was December of 1966 and he had been working seven days a week acting on the new hit series The Monkees.  At nights, he and is bandmates Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork had been rehearsing and recording vocal parts for the new made-for-TV American group based loosely on The Beatles.

“It was really a crazy commitment. We had been almost incommunicado for three months,” Dolenz explained.

With Christmas approaching, he needed to get a few presents for friends and family. So during a brief hiatus, he drove to a nearby Hollywood mall to engage in some holiday shopping.

As he walked in the doors, he suddenly witnessed dozens of shrieking girls rushing toward him.

‘I saw all these people screaming and running and I thought at first there was a fire. Then I realized they were coming after me. I had to get back in my car and drive off.  I had never seen anything like that before,” Dolenz says.

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Cruising, Music, and Baby Boomers

By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

It’s almost a certainty that in 1959 when Frankie Ford sang the line from his Top-20 hit “won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise” he couldn’t have imagined that in the 21st Century those words would apply to the new, floating, multi-day music festivals now offered by several major cruise lines.

In fact, as Baby Boomers reach retirement ages, nostalgic music-themed cruises are one of the fastest growing segments of the cruise business.

There are now cruises devoted to single artists (Elvis Presley, Kiss, Lynard Skynard), genres (heavy metal, blues, southern rock), decades (50s, 60s, 70s), and themes (rock legends, Where the Action Is)

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Woodstock with Waves: Why Music Cruises Are A Big Hit with Baby Boomers

By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

If you’re a Baby Boomer who still loves the music of your youth and also sailing the Caribbean, then music cruises may be for you!

One of the fastest growing trends in the cruise industry is themed excursions and those offering floating music festivals at sea are among today’s top sellers. Although music has always been part of the cruising – think the orchestra on The Love Boat – today’s music offerings aren’t anything like those Lawrence Welk days of yore.

Today, you can cruise for five to seven days with classic rock era bands and artists ranging from Chubby Checker to the Beach Boys to Herman’s Hermits to Yes to America to Peter Frampton providing the live soundtrack for your sea travels.

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