Hairspray's Dolenz Pays Tribute to Carole King On New Solo Recording

By Andrew Gans
15 Jul 2010

Micky Dolenz, who played Zoser in the final cast of Broadway's Aida and Wilbur in the London production of Hairspray, will release his latest solo recording next month.



"King for a Day," Dolenz's tribute to the work of singer/songwriter Carole King, will be released by Gigatone Entertainment Aug. 24.

Fifteen King songs are featured on the new CD, which was recorded in L.A. and produced by Jeffrey Foskett. Dolenz's guest stars include Bill Medley (The Righteous Brothers) and Emily Osment ("Hannah Montana").

In a statement Dolenz said, "To honor Carole King's body of work has always been a career-long dream come true. 'King for a Day' brings this lifelong vision to reality with 15 classic Carole King songs. . . .Carole King's songs have withstood the test of time and continue to resonate like never before. She's a tremendous artist and songwriter and I'm honored and privileged to perform her work."

Micky Dolenz was one of the stars of the sixties TV show "The Monkees," about a rock-and-roll band. The group sold over 65 million records, and their albums included "The Monkees," "More of the Monkees," "Headquarters" and "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd." Dolenz also starred in the West End musical The Point and later became a producer-director for the BBC and London Weekend Television. In 1996 the Monkees reunited for a 30 year summer tour around the U.S., and Dolenz also directed the hit TV show "Boy Meets World." His other theatre credits include Grease, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Tom Sawyer.