I figured it would be an author appearance with music. As I entered through the main door, I was surprised to find Bobby Hart & his co-writer, Glenn Ballantyne, jumping up to greet me. I never expected the writer of some of the best songs of the 20th century to be such a kind & warm soul!
Going upstairs to the performance space, I was delighted to find such an intimate room.
I felt like I had a front row ticket to see Martha Argerich or Vladimir Horowitz play piano!!
Pretty soon, he was talking & playing & even got Glenn & his wife, Mary Ann, up to sing, "Hurts So Bad". Of course, it's familiar from Little Anthony & the Imperials, but it sounded like one of those songs that is imbedded in your mind. Something in the very air around you since you were a child. Hearing it played by the guy who first heard it was incredible.
Of course, lots of questions about the Monkees (he thought Don Kirschner was a good guy!!) and lots of Monkee memorabilia abounded.
(Not my collection, unfortunately, brought by one of The Brothers)
The day made this MonkeeGirl very happy!!