I was a little too young to be a full-on Beatles fan. In the mid-60s, I hadn’t quite hit puberty yet and didn’t have any of the drama and angst about pop idols that was needed. But that changed just a few years later when the Monkees hit the pop scene.
Along with my friends, I papered by bedroom walls with Monkee posters, I watched their tv show religiously, I bought every single and album, I read every Tiger Beat and Teen Idol that I could get my hands on. In 1967 at the age of 11, I convinced by folks to let me go to their concert with some friends when they played St. Louis (there was a chaperone with us). It was the first pop concert I ever attended.
Peter was my favorite Monkee. Davy was most people’s favorite, but I liked Peter; he was portrayed as a little dorky and scatter-brained, the underdog. I am always attracted to the underdog. So I was sad earlier this week when I heard the news that he has passed away at the age of 77. Not distraught but it somehow feels as if a stage of my life has passed as well. I’m listening to the Monkees right now on my pc.
Who was your first idol?