22 January 2021

Published January 20, 2021 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


Janelle thumbed through Variety. “NBC’s airing a new program called ‘Circus Boy.’” She ruffled her ten-year-old son’s blond hair. “Would you like to audition?”

“Nah.” Micky wrinkled his nose. “I got a baseball game.”

“You know what Dad says. ‘You have to follow the fish; the fish won’t follow you.’”

Micky, who enjoyed watching his father act on television, thought for a moment. “Okay. I’ll go.”

Two years later, Micky “Braddock” aka Corky learned about fleeting fame when “Circus Boy” ended.

Opportunity knocked again via NBC when 20-year-old Micky Dolenz snagged the role of the “Pre-Fab-Four’s” drummer in “The Monkees.”

In case you never caught the 1956-58 show (I didn’t), meet Micky Braddock

And one of my favorite Monkees songs with Micky singing lead.


76 comments on “22 January 2021

  • The Monkees programme used to be on television every Saturday around 6.00pm in the UK. It didn’t quite garner the top viewing slots because I think it was thought they were more a ‘commercial’ band thrown together than a group of musicians who’d naturally evolved through a love of music. But there’s no denying the nostalgia of revisiting those times. Thanks for the trip.

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    • Dear Sandra,

      There’s no denying they were just that. A commercial band thrown together by the TV network. However, like Pinocchio becoming a real boy, they did go on to become a real band that played and toured for decades following. I did enjoy their music. Glad you enjoyed the trip. Next week back to my regularly scheduled stories. 😉 Thank you for coming along for the ride.




    • Dear CE,

      To tell the truth, I never cared for their TV show, not even as a teen. I recently turned on one of the reruns and lasted less than five minutes. I do, however, like a lot of their music. And I find their history compelling. I think I’ll pass on the Philharmonic, although I really love their music. 😉 Next week it’s back to my regularly scheduled writing. Thank you.




  • An interesting and informational story based on the life and career of Micky Dolenz, a member of the Monkees group on TV. He’s really earned his career with hard work and ambition, Rochelle. Thanks for the additional information. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      Micky is my favorite Monkee and I’m not afraid to admit it. He did come from a show business background, but not a musical one. Yet, he rose above and sang lead on most of the Monkees’ songs. Thank you for reading and your affirming comments.



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  • Dear Rochelle,

    This wonderful series has proven that everyone has a story to be told. Thank you for introducing us to each member proving just that. They may have been put together for a TV show but look how well they did after. This show was a stepping stone to a life they probably never imagined would happen in the first place.

    Shalom and lotsa story-filled love,


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    • Dear Dale,

      It has been a fun series to write. They really did grow into the role of a real band. 😉 The truth is that Mike could’ve retired and lived off Liquid Paper for life. Their story really is a compelling one regardless of their less than Kosher beginnings. Thanks for coming along for the ride, my friend.

      Shalom and lotsa melodious hugs,


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  • Ah Mickey. His daughter had a brief career in the movies as well. Interestingly enough, Jimi Hendrix’s drummer Mitch Mitchell was a childhood star of a British TV show before becoming a musician. The Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for the Monkees in 1967, a bad idea if ever there was one. Great story!

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    • Dear Jan,

      I wasn’t a great series fan either. Still find the old show painful to watch. I’m good for 5 minutes and I’ve had enough nostalgia. 😉 But they did put out some good music. The show was definitely their steppin’ stone. Thanks m’luv.


  • Dear Rochelle,

    I’m enjoying this trip into musical history. Very rarely do parents encourage their kids to go into show biz, so Micky’s blessed to have had that support. I loved this line: “You have to follow the fish; the fish won’t follow you.” So true.


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  • Cute. kid, and his smile didn’t change much over the years. So interesting to have been introduced to this group who were and are part of pop culture. I even recognized “Stepping Stone.” although in a totally different style and era. If songs are worthwhile, they tend to recirculate 🙂

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  • “Circus Boy” looks more than a little creepy, but I think Mickey has been cuter than a bug’s ear from the beginning. He seems like a genuinely happy person. Great story and I’ve been enjoying your “Monkee Series” very much.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      Apparently young Micky took show business in stride. 😉 So many child actors grew into screwed up adults. But a few like Micky Dolenz and Ron Howard had parents who treated them as children and kept them grounded.



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  • Oh gosh, now the Monkees’ song is running through my head nonstop! lol I had never heard of the Circus Boy before so that was a nice discovery. Enjoyed this trip down memory lane, thank you!

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