Monkee speak truth? / Was Lennon paranoid? / Props for a legendary producer (oh, you've got lots of his work in your collection, you just haven't noticed...)

The Monkees, Feb. 1967; L-R: Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork. (Keystone/Getty Images)

10/24/1966 (51 years ago today) - Newsweek magazine conducts an interview with The Monkees -- When asked how their music is created, Davy Jones tells them, "This isn't a rock and roll group. This is an act." And there you have it...

 

10/24/1973 (44 years ago today) - At the time, some of us thought he was really starting to lose it: John Lennon commences his litigation against the United States government, accusing them of tapping his telephone. Turns out he was right. And there you have it...

10/24/2002 (15 years ago today) - From the "Remembering Those Who Also Served" Dept.: Record producer Tom Dowd passed away due to complications from emphysema; he was 77 years old. Tom worked on what can best be described as a definitive "who's who" of recordings that encompassed rock, jazz, blues, pop and soul -- Starting in the 1940's and continuing well into the start of the 21st century, Dowd worked as both engineer and producer for {take a deep breath now, because the list is jaw-dropping amazing!} Aretha Franklin, Derek And The Dominoes, Rod Stewart,  Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers, John Coltrane, Sonny & Cher, Eagles, Charlie Mingus, Chicago, Herbie Mann, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dusty Springfield, The J. Geils Band, Ray Charles, Meat Loaf, The Spinners, Joe Bonamassa, Otis Redding, The Rascals, Booker T & The MG's, Diana Ross, The Drifters, Buffalo Springfield, Cream, Kenny Loggins, The Four Seasons, Primal Scream and (somewhat astonishingly) many, many more! Now there you really have it...

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