Imagine you’re on Jeopardy…
The final Jeopardy category is “Entertainers” and you’re feeling pretty confident so you wager the whole enchilada.
And the answer is: The man who played drums for Johnny Rivers, Trini Lopez, Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, Bob Dylan and The Band?
You should know this, but…
He has also been in 30 movies including Total Recall, Tin Cup, Vacation and Sling Blade.
You really should know this…
He has appeared in almost 40 television series such as M*A*S*H, Baywatch and Northern Exposure.
He’s had recurring roles in Home Improvement and Justified.
This should be easy…
Not only has he been in dozens of TV commercials…one of his commercials holds the record as the longest running commercial in television history.
The music starts playing and you start sweating as you draw a complete blank.
You’d think with a resume like that he’d be a household name.
Aaaannnnd – time’s up.
The name we were looking for is Mickey Jones.
I see by that look on your face that you think a mistake has been made. Surely with a list of accomplishments so impressive the name would be instantly recognizable.
Wasn’t he one of the Monkees?
Sorry – but there has been no mistake…
Mickey Jones is the quintessential “best kept secret in the entertainment industry.”
Mickey began his musical career in the late 50’s and it ran through 1976, at which time he changed his focus to acting and is still at it.
So now you’re wondering why I’m quizzing you on this guy.
Long story short…I will have the honor of interviewing Mickey on my radio show on Friday, August 1.
And how did I land an interview with a living legend?
I met Mickey a couple of years ago when he was the celebrity guest on a charity motorcycle run/golf tournament. During the golf tournament I got to drive him around in the cart. For four hours I heard stories about Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Ann Margaret, David Bowie, Tim Allen, and Chevy Chase – and he hadn’t even scratched the surface of his experiences.
For me – a guy from a small town in Rhode Island – it was an amazing weekend, and best of all, Mickey is a genuinely nice guy.
Not once in two days did this guy act above anybody.
To an outside observer he would have looked like just another biker hanging out with his buddies.
So there you have it…tune in to Tim Baker’s B-Sides, Deep Cuts and Cool Covers on Friday August, 1 at 7:00 p.m. EST and check it out.
The interview will be broadcast live on 97.3 FM – The Surf as well as over the internet on www.flaglerbeachradio.com.
In the meantime – if you have any questions for Mickey, leave them in the comments section below and I’ll try to work them into the spot.
By the way…all of the stories I heard in the golf cart, along with dozens more, can be found in Mickey’s book, appropriately titled That Would Be Me.
I’ve read it – and it’s great.
The title of the book, he told me, comes from his standard reply to people who approach him daily and say “Hey, aren’t you that guy…”
Mickey doesn’t mind that people don’t know him by name – he never did anything for the fame or the glory. He did it because he loved doing it. He always felt like the luckiest guy in the world to have the opportunity to do the things he did!
I hope you can tune in, Mickey is always happy to make new friends!
As always – thank you for reading