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

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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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Greg Allman Helps My Wife Have a Great 65th at Sea

Judy Lynn Snyder and I were married in a steady wintry downpour on Jan. 27, 1973 in my mother’s South Jersey Church, with Judy in a white dress and me in a close (but much cheaper) version of the 3-piece cream suit Mick Jagger wore when he married Bianca the previous year.

By the time of our marriage, I had been playing organ (1st a Farfisa, then a Vox Continental) in rock and soul bands since early 1966,  when both Judy and I were 10th graders in high school. (An aside here: When I was selected to be in the house band of Philly Classic Rock radio station WGMK nearly 40 years later, Judy was asked if she was excited. Here is her verbatim response: “No … I heard Dave in 1966. He isn’t any better, just louder”).

After playing fire halls, pool parties, school dances, proms, shopping centers, teenage hangouts, bars and clubs that weren’t concerned about employing underage musicians, and finally summers at the Jersey shore including shows at the famed Steel Pier in Atlantic City. By 1973 I was in my 3rd group – one of the area’s 1st 70s jam bands named Frog Ocean Road. (Another aside here: Our 16-year-old drummer then was Jerry Gaskill, who is now the drummer for King’s X, a 3-piece band that opened Woodstock ’94 and continues to make new music and tour the world) …….

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