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Friday, December 21, 2012

Rift OverThe Monkeemobile And Black Beauty Ends Long Friendship

               Rift Over The Monkeemobile
          And Black Beauty Ends
 Long Friendship
              The Monkeemobiles #1,#2 cars, two                
       were designed by the Famous King Of Stripers
       Dean Jeffries,with the help of Dick Dean,who's
       George Barris main builder of custom cars.
              Infact,both Monkeemobiles #1,#2 were
       built in Barris Kustoms,for The Monkees TV
       show. The first car was used for the first season        
       of the show.The second car was the stunt car 
       used for the second season,also for the TV.
       There was a need to drive the stunt car,which
       Davy Jones,was chosen,as he was the most
       loved by girls,and woman,to drag race the
       second Monkeemobile,and rack up ratings,at
       the same time,by going against the evil man         
       played by Carol Shelby,in his Cobra Coupe.
             Other uses for both Monkeemobiles,were
       for publicity pictures for The Monkees,woman
       models,and to use them for show attractions.
       This would bring in ticket sales from the car
        shows attracting large audiences.
              Then in 1967 Davy Jones visited Mpc
        to see Dean Jeffries, Monkeemobile model
        kit,while Dean Jeffries,showed Davy Jones
        the new model,of their famous Monkee-
        mobile.In 1967 it was releases to the public,
        and was the highest grossing model,of that
        time.The Monkeemobile was actually designed
        from the second car,since,the second car was
        used in the second season of the show.The first
        Monkeemobile was used just for the first season.   
        It did it's job,with light duty in the show.
              When The Monkees and Green Hornet  were 
        cancelled,Universal Studios,wanted the designer 
        Dean Jeffries to tour The Black Beauty #1 with a
        special trailer, made just like the #1 Black Beauty
        picture below.However by 1971,Dean Jeffries
        business was too busy,so he had his parents
        pull the Black Beauty #1 in it's special trailer.
        It was after this time,that Universal Studios
        offered both The Monkeemobile #2,and the
        #1 Black Beauty for $1,500.00 a piece to
        buy both cars first.However he declined,and
        George Barris bought The Monkeemobile #2,
        and Black Beauty #1.
            Then George Barris started, to promote these
        cars.The thing he did,is start changing some of
        Dean Jeffries designs.First he ruined the original
        gold Monkee logo.It was now yellow orange,
        but the Monkee guitar on the doors was wrong.
        He also had DickDean paint the grill outer area
        yellow orange.Along with the megaphone openings,
        in between the headlight shells,and taillight openings.
        The parachute was yellow on The Monkeemobile #2.
        The parachute was not changed.Just see the show,the
        second season,and it is visible to all :Yellow Parachute.
        Next all wheel  and tires were removed,and replaced
        with different ones.The mags were now slotted.Then
        Then George Barris said he designed both the two cars
        The Monkeemobile,and Black Beauty.This got the car
        designer Dean Jeffries mad,since he designed,both sets
        of cars and built both sets with Dick Dean's help,while 
        in George Barris shop.
             The next thing George Barris did to get back at the 
        designer Dean Jeffries,is have Dick Dean, build third
        Monkeemobile, from a 1966 Catalina,to promote at car
        shows.Dean Jeffries did not give authoration for this car
        to be built.He did the same,by having Dick Dean build
        more Black Beauty's.
            The Black Beauty's built  by Dick Dean,had the same
        Dean Jeffries right nose,and grill,but had two sets of 
        rectangular  lights on each side,and stotted mags.
        You can find out all the changes that Barris Kustoms did,
        at:www.theblackbeauty.com.Click on the top for all cars.
            Dean Jeffries refused to allow Mpc in the late eighties
        to release The Monkeemobile kit,since he designed both
        cars,and here was George Barris, taking credit for designer
         Dean Jeffries work.
            The judge in Los Angeles ruled,if you sell a car,the new
        owner has the rights.This made George Barris happy.ERTL
        came out with a Blueprinter Monkeemobile in 1991 by sub-
        scription only.Then in 1999 George Barris had Dick Dean
        Build a AMT Monkeemobile,the #4 car.It was red like
        the first two,but had thin redline tires,with Craigar SS Mags.
        In the rear were 15 inch stock redlines tires with Craigars
        Mags.It was tan,and had a tan top,but had that ugly yellow
        orange,painted on the grill,head light openings,header open-
        ings,tail light openings,and a yellow parachute.The car was
        auction off ,through Mecum Auctions.
        The Monkeemobile is the number four car below.  

       1.Above far right corner,George Barris,adds 
       slotted mags to to the number #2 car.Since
       this does not have two sets of rectangle lights,
       it looks  it looks like the original car.The #1 has
       the rare mags  Dean Jeffries chose.The #2 car 
       has correct mags,since this picture was taken.It 
       also has the correct green LUCUS headlights 
       half cat eyes.2.Sideview #2 Black Beauty 
       3.Mecum Auctions has the AMT Dick Dean car
       which was used, to make a AMT Monkeemobile
       model kit.It came out in 1999.It is Monkeemobile
       #4.A man in Florida won the bid.George Barris 
       buys The Monkeemobile #2 and makes changes.
       5.The Monkeemobile #3 is 1966 Catalina.6.The #2
       Monkeemobile altered restored sold for$360,000 at
       Barrett-Jackson in 2008 to a comedian in Chicago.
       7.#1 Black Beauty had a matching trailer,that matched
       the photo above,commissioned by Universal Studios,
       for Dean Jeffries to  tour with the car,after the show was
       cancelled. 8.Dean Jeffries tried single lights first,but he
       switched to double headlights for both cars. 
       9.The Mpc Original Monkeemobile model kit made from second car.

             Then in 2006 George Barris,would again get even with       
        Dean Jeffries.George Barris had the car sent to Sacramento,
        and built The Monkeemobile #2,like the original Mpc model.
        First he had more of Dean Jeffries signature designs removed.
        The model above had three tubes for the exhaust,instead of
        four like the real Monkeemobiles #1 and #2.So Barris had 
        them make three pipes, underneath the dummy blower,on
        both sides.The top was now changed from tan to white,but
        chrome bands,went over the black dye,underneath the top.
        Next the computer video screens,and new audio were added,
        to the back of second middle bucket seats.There is no room
        to sit in the rear bench seat,unless you are a little child.The 
        three injector scoop baffles,are now chrome.Then from a red
        burgandy,to raspberry,with large original logos of The Monkees
        with a black background.The upholstery was now in white,instead
        of tan.The dashboard was now black.This is the story,of how       
        George Barris ruined Dean Jeffries.To this day neither will talked to
        one another.And it all started,because George Barris took credit,
        for two cars, that Dean Jeffries designed,and built.George Barris
        sacrificed money for a long time friend,and who worked for him.Rift Over The Monkeemobile And Black Beauty Ends Long Friendship



Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Monkees Bring Down The House Rockin And Cool

         The Monkees Bring Down The House
                          Rockin And Cool 
         The Monkees Peter Tork,Micky Dolenz,and
       Mike Nesmith,are touring four twelve days.
       It started on November 8,2012 and ended in
       December 2,2012.      
          How did Michael Nesmith say yes?It was like
       this,after a private memorial for their one of a kind,
      good  friend, Davy Jones, April 2012,Mike sais,he
      wanted to part of it.This is how the last concert came
      about.They also made sure they had gold drums that
      had The Monkees logo on the front of it in red like the
       TV show.
          If you missed the final show,which was sold out.You
      can watch  it on you tube.Just type this:The Monkees
      2012 New York Beacon Theatre,and you can see.
      clips of the show.
         At that show were  very many pretty blond teen-
       age girls dancing to The Monkees tunes.There al-
       so were  brunettes,black haired,red head teenage
       girls  doing the same thing.
         Many people commented on how funny,and wit-
       ty Mike Nesmith was imitating  billion dollar Moog
       synthesizer to "Daily Nightly" written  also, by  pro-
       fessional  musician Mike Nesmith,while Micky was  
       singing  from Mike's song book.Another highlight,al-
       so, was hearing Mike go through many of the songs
       he  wrote,and sang to.There was a variety of songs:
       "You Just May Be The One,"Sunny Girlfriend,which
       was  really cool,and ""Why Am I Hangin Around,"
       "Papa Genes Blues,""Tropical Tundra,""Girl I Knew-
        From Some Where,"and two more super rockin hits:
       "Circle Sky,"and "Listen To The Band"which both of
       these songs have a cool rockin guitar sound to hear.I
       am impressed,at Mike's songs.Only"Mary Mary"also
       written by Mike Nesmith, was sung be Micky Dolenz.
       I guess because Micky,rockin drum solo,before getting
       into the song."Mary Mary."
          As I was brought before,"Mary Mary,"seemed to be
      the only song,which was not sung by the writer.Peter sang   
      the songs he wrote like his famous "For Petes Sake" which
      was used  as the song end  credits in season two of  the TV    
      show The Monkees. Peter Tork also sang his songs, that 
      was  wrtten for The Monkees movie:"HEAD."
          Micky also sang "The Porpoise Song"theme song for the 
      for "HEAD"as well as the song for the belly dancers in the
      belly dancers scenes,with all The Monkees in "HEAD" 
          So how was Davy Jones part of the show?In the movie
      "HEAD" Davy Jones sang the verses:"the porpoise is laugh-
       laughing goodbye goodbye,"and also the song Micky sung
       in the movie:"HEAD" where Davy Jones was going through
       the flowers, and the beach scenes.Then they also played the
       video  from The Monkees TV show,where he sings the song
       "I Wanna Be Free,"Davy Jones is at the beach,with a beach
        ball,pondering,as he is singing this very song .The Monkees  
        played a song they never will sing again,but only the audi-           
        ence.That song is the famous:"Day Dream Believer,"which
       a teen girl,or two woman are chosen to sing the song,while
       Micky sings only enough,to make sure ,they get the words 
          Micky did a cool thing with this famous song,which was
       "I'm A Believer."He took his hand tambourine,and toward
       the end of the song, broke the theme of the song,signaling
       all his band membersto do this:"I'm-a-be-lie-ver.It was a
       a cool rockin trick,that got all the band members,enjoying,
       The crowds just loved it very much.Also Micky sang first
       number one song:"Last Train To Clarksville,"along with
       songs from:"HEAD",where Davy  was passing through
       flowers,and on the beach.Also Mike sang the song for
       psychodelic music,and dancing in scenes for "HEAD."          
          They gave us much happiness being funny,rockin out,
       and entertaining us,so we could be a little more happier.
              Everyone commented how The Monkees were re-
       relaxed,and were being their ownselves,being witty,and
       making  people laughed.I give this Rockin and Cool fun 
       tour 2012 The Monkees Ten Gold Stars,for doing a fun
       job,being professsional,and entertaining us to the max.
       This was truely,a Rockin  Cool Concert Tour 2012  of        
       The Monkees.Davy would have been very proud,of the
       cooperation,of Mike,Micky,and Peter,how they worked
       together to pull this off.They also had help,from CoCo
       related to Micky Dolenz,and Mike's son Chritian Nesmith.
             Davy was trying to teach by example,that they had to 
       work together,putting music talents aside,by working as profes-
       sionals.It worked,and everyone noticed,how they were closer,.
       then they had before.What a Rockin Cool finish to the group
       called: "The Monkees."A Rockin Cool finish.to The Monkees      
       Mania saga.Davy,Micky,Peter and Mike,are truly the famous


 The Monkees playing their own instruments making people
happy,as they joke  with us,and  also entertain us,with special songs.
Just think this happened in 1966.Below are The Monkeemobile  pics.








1. Right  #1 Monkeemobile with The Monkees. 
2. Left#2 Monkeemobile altered restored by
the order of George Barris in 2006.Davy sign this.
3.Right #2 Monkeemobile sold for$360,000 at
Barrett-Jackson in January 2008.4.Left under-
neath is #2 Monkeemobile was bought by George         
Barris about 1971 From Universal Studios and
had the The Monkees logo changed, the mags
and tires,yellow orange paint was now added
to headlight, taillight areas,opening for dummy
megaphones,and the ghastly ugly ruin Monkee
guitar logs.5.Left Below The Monkeemobile #2
engine,this famous hood was signed by Davy,
Micky,and I believe Peter signed it in 2012.
6. Left.The altered restored #2 Monkeemobile,
that George Barris had on tour for only 2007.
7 The Monkeemobile #2 left unrestored shown.
8. Right.#2 Unrestored Monkeemobile,In 2003
The Monkees accept award in New York,from
Hard Rock Cafe.Mike Nesmith accepted the
award while all four Monkees were present.
The four remaining pictures are lower left
9.#1 Monkeemobile in Port Rico before the
auction.The man in New York spoke Spanish
and wanted to pay only $500 for this famous car,
but the lowest bid they would accept was$5,000.
He gave his phone bid and won this car.He is now
moved to New Jersey with his pretty three sisters.      
10.Dean Jeffries number two stunt Monkeemobile
that Davy Jones raced against Carol Shelbys Cobra
Coupe.Davy won the race,and Michael Nesmith wrote
the song "Why You Hangin Around"at the end of the
show.11.a third picture of the unrestored#2 car.
12.This is the new computerized sound system,
which George Barris King Of Kustomizers authorized
for this altered restored Monkeemobile number two.
The middle seats backs have computers,mounted and 
upholstered in white.The computer audio system has to
be recharged,to keep it running,to make it work.Did you
see the The Monkees audio logo in lights in this car?It is
way cool.They only problem is you can sit in the middle 
of the custom bench seat.

The Monkees Bring Down The House Rockin And Cool