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BBC Music on the World Service

BBC Music on the World Service

BBC Music on the World Service

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Born in Los Angeles in 1945, George Michael Dolenz, Jr. became famous at the age of 10 with his own TV show. He has since established himself as an actor on television, film, and musical theatre, and directed a number of movies and music videos. He will always be best known, though, as the drummer and lead singer of the pop-rock band The Monkees. Dolenz described the Monkees as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band...that wanted to be the Beatles, that was never successful". The four actor-musicians, however, soon became a real band, going on to sell more than 75 million records worldwide. At their peak in 1967 they outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined. Dolenz reflects in his outrageously successful career with Cerys, and spins some of the tunes that have defined his life.


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