A Monkee will pay tribute to a King this summer -- Carole King, that is.
Micky Dolenz, the Monkees' self-described "wacky drummer," will release "King For a Day" on Aug. 24, featuring his versions of 15 songs written or co-written by the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, whose contributions to the Monkees legacy includes the hit "Pleasant Valley Sunday." "It's a very exciting project," Dolenz tells Billboard.com. "She wrote so many different types of tunes. If you look at my album, things from 'Crying in the Rain' to 'Don't Bring Me Down' to 'Upon the Roof,' the spectrum is as wide as you can possibly get. One of her great strengths is she can just write an any genre, any sort of mood and any sensibility."
Among the other songs Dolenz and his producer -- Beach Boys and Brian Wilson collaborator Jeff Foskett -- chose for "King For a Day" are "Sweet Seasons," "Point of No Return," "Go Away Little Girl," "It Might as Well Rain Until September," the Righteous Brothers' "Just Once in My Life" as a duet with Bill Medley and "I Feel the Earth Move" with "Hannah Montana" co-star Emily Osment. "We did want to mix it up a bit," Dolenz explains. "Every single cut is not necessarily one of the big, Top 10 hits."