[monkeywire] Cheeta the Chimp takes up his paintbrush to aid Monkees cause
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Mon Oct 15 10:54:28 EDT 2007
LuxuriaMusic.com Enlists Tarzan's Painting Pal Cheeta in Campaign to Get The Monkees Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Launches On-Air/Online Push Capped by Charity Auction of Three Monkees-Themed "Ape-Stract" Paintings by Cheeta. This effort also supports six-times-turned-down Cheeta in his quest for a"Star" on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
First, The Monkees, the best band to come out of TV and the top-selling recording artists of 1967, get slighted for nomination by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Then Cheeta, the "Susan Lucci of Movie Animals," gets passed over for a "star" on Hollywood's Walk of Fame for the sixth time! When it comes to officially signifying fame, it seems that the gatekeepers from the worlds of music and movies have a thing against entertainment's great ape acts.
Through LuxuriaMusic.com, a kick-ass Internet radio station dedicated to such offbeat genres as EZ Listening, Surf, Bubblegum, Bollywood, Psych, '60s Punk and Novelty music, the public will be able to make its voice heard and turn up the pressure, on both the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame's nominating committee and Johnny Grant, the de facto arbiter for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
LuxuriaMusic has brought together Cheeta and The Monkees for a month-long campaign to build awareness of and gain signatures on petitions to finally gain them the honors they deserve.
The Monkees' much-loved singer/tambourine player Davy Jones is thankful for the support from campaign-driver LuxuriaMusic.com and the movies' greatest monkey star. "The slight from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is something that really seems to hit our fans almost harder than us," said Jones. "Anything we can do to help this effort and help them gain satisfaction is welcome. We're thankful to LuxuriaMusic for picking up the mantle and also to Cheeta, for picking up his paint brush!"
Cheeta, aka "Jiggs," turned 75 on April 9, 2007 and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest living non-human Primate.
In his "Hollywood heyday", Cheeta was an international simian superstar and shared the big screen with Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan in over a dozen of the classic Tarzan films of the 30's and 40's.
Vaudevillian Dan Westfall inherited Cheeta in 1992 from his uncle Tony Gentry, a well-known animal trainer who obtained the chimp from Africa in the 1930s.
Cheeta has now reinvented himself as the "Grandma Moses" of the animal kingdom, taking up the paintbrush and raising thousands of dollars for animal rights charities and now, through LuxuriaMusic, to help the Monkees gain support for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When not painting, Cheeta spends his days socializing under the California desert sun with his grandson Jeter and other fellow primates at the C.H.E.E.T.A. Primate sanctuary in Palm Springs.
Indie Filmmaker Matthew Devlen took up the cause to secure Cheeta a star on Hollywood Boulevard 4 years ago while researching a documentary on Johnny Weissmuller. A self professed "primate provocateur," he is working with partners, including LuxuriaMusic, to go Boulevard or Bust on his fifth attempt at seeing this animal megastar take his rightful place alongside two other iconic screen counterparts, Lassie and Rin Tin Tin.
Over the next 8 months, Devlen will oversee GoCheeta.com as the clearinghouse for all monkey business in regards to the Cheeta's campaign for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Official announcement regarding 2009 inductees from Johnny Grant's office is expected in June 2008. More information can be found at his official website, www.cheetathechimp.org and his just-launched campaign website, www.gocheeta.com and a MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/cheetathechimp
"When you see cartoon characters like Kermit the Frog, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker and even Winnie The Pooh with their names emblazoned on the Boulevard, you have to wonder what's going on", commented Devlen. "I would love for Cheeta to be "energizer chimp" and always be around, but our dear friend has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I, for one, am happy to work with Luxuriamusic and any other passionate party to 'go bananas' to see both the Monkees and Cheeta reach out across the chromosomal divide, join forces and shaking up the status quo in what constitutes fame in Hollywood. Collectively, these guys were a big part of pop culture then and resonate with even more importance today, considering what is passing for fame these days."
The Monkees Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Petition is at:
The Cheeta Walk of Fame petition is at:
Cheeta Ape-Scape Art Auction
Three paintings by Cheeta will auctioned on eBay starting on Monday October 15, 2007 at http://stores.ebay.com/LuxuriaMusic-Store .
"Cheeta Meets The Monkees"
"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
"Day Dream Believer"
These works will be auctioned off to benefit the buzz-building campaign, C.H.E.E.T.A, the Palm Springs based sanctuary that provides residence, care, and rehabilitation for homeless or unwanted ex-show business primates, as well as the Jane Goodall Foundation, which is at the forefront of saving the endangered chimpanzees in the wild. A recent painting from the Jane Goodall event in Los Angeles where one of Cheeta's paintings brought in a record-setting $10,000! Each painting includes a certificate of authenticity.
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