The Monkees often get sidelined as an amusing footnote in the world of pop music, a “Pre-fab Four” that was hastily thrown together in the mid-’60s for a U.S. version of Beatlemania. But the four Monkees transcended their pre-fab status to become an actual band, and the transition is unlike any other in pop-music history.
Peter Tork, RIP
Chaka Khan is officially back.
Mind you, she’s one of those artists who has never really gone away – such is the breadth of her back catalogue.
Along with her big hits, there are the songs you didn’t realise were even sung by her; the covers by newer artists in ode to her; and the samples used on tracks by the likes of Kanye, Eminem, Bryson Tiller and Stardust.
The Ed Sullivan Show: February 9, 1964
‘I Saw Her Standing There’ – Second half Ed Sullivan performance
And from 2017, a very sedate Wonder Bread version by Avriel and The Sequoias.