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The Fourth Monkee

By Jerry Blavat
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Hey, Jerry, just noticed it was this day (March 4) in 1968, ABC-TV aired the episode “The Band Contest” on The Monkees TV show! What do you remember about filming it? Happy anniversary, by the way! — Jeff Lawrence via Facebook

That was an interesting part of my life. Our TV show was syndicated in L.A. on KTLA. Because of the popularity of the show, I got a call from Donnie Kirschner, who was producing The Monkees on their recordings. He said they were big fans of mine and were developing an episode as a takeoff on Some Like It Hot with Davy Jones in drag. They had reached out to Dean Martin for his daughter, Dina, to be in it. Dean had reached out for me and told me that The Monkees also wanted me to be in it, so when Kirschner called me, I knew it was a real deal. The original script called for me to be “Mr. Arnold,” but the director allowed me to create a version of my own character. Thus the Geator played “himself” in that episode, which was also called “Some Like It Lukewarm.” I became “the fourth Monkee” when Mike Nesmith stopped touring with them, and the guys and I remain friends to this day.

Can you please tell me if or when you will be back to the Springfield Inn, or are you done with that place? We all miss you at the Inn. — Lisa

Lisa, we’ve been constantly booked with one-nighters elsewhere on Fridays, but I promise that as soon as a date is available, we’ll be back up in that area. Check geator.net for schedule updates, and if you’re a part of our online Geator group, you’ll be the first to know. To join, send an email to geatorella@yahoo.com.

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1. Ellen A. Gauthier said... on Apr 29, 2011 at 09:29PM

“Jerry,

I was at the Kimmel Center, January 29, 2011 for your show. At the end of the show you announced that Connie Francis and Dion would be part of the Mother's day show schedule for May 8, 2011, 7:30 pm. In reviewing the names of the guests posted for that program, Connie Francis and Dion were omitted. I bought five (5) tickets on the premise I would be entertained by Connie Francis and Dion. Of course, the other guests are excellent. However, I have seen them in concert. Please tell me I won't be disappointed.”

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