The Monkees

Often derided as a sham band who didn't write their own songs or even play their own instruments, The Monkees still managed to leave their mark on popular culture

The Monkees

Band Members

  • Davy Jones (vocals, percussion)
  • Mike Nesmith (guitar)
  • Peter Tork (bass guitar)
  • Micky Dolenz (drums)
Born
  • Davy - December 30 1945, Openshaw, Manchester
  • Mike - December 30 1942, Houston, Texas
  • Peter - February 13 1942, Washington, D.C.
  • Micky - March 8 1945, Los Angeles
 
Monkees Facts
  • Davy Jones TV debut was in Coronation Street - he played the role of Colin Lomax, Ena Sharples' grandson
  • The TV series ran for 58 episodes over 2 seasons
  • In 1967 'The Monkees' TV show won two Emmy Awards: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy
  • Their debut single, "Last Train To Clarkesville" topped the charts in the US and Canada, it peaked at 23 in the UK
  • The second single, "I'm A Believer", with lead vocals by Micky Dolenz, topped the UK charts for 4 weeks in January 1967
  • Musicians who have written for The Monkees include Carole King, Neil Diamond and Harry Nillsson
  • On a visit to the UK the band spent time with The Beatles during the recording of the Sgt. Pepper album. The Dolenz penned song "Randy Scouse Git" was inspired by time spent with the Fab Four
  • The Monkees have sold more than 75 million records worldwide
  • At their peak in 1967, the band outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined
  • The movie that followed the TV series, enigmatically titled 'Head' was co-written by director Bob Rafelson and a then unknown Jack Nicholson
 
Post-Monkees
 
Mike Nesmith fashioned a solo career after leaving The Monkees with his 'First National Band' backing him. His song 'Different Drum' was a big hit for Linda Ronstadt.
 
Mickey Dolenz turned towards TV and film after The Monkees. He has numerous production and directing credits, most notably for 1980s TV show 'Metal Mickey'! He also auditioned to be the drummer for joke heavy-metal band Spinal Tap after their previous sticksman disappeared in a mysterious case of spontaneous human combustion.
 
Peter Tork continued to make music. He has toured with his own band, released solo records and took on production dThe Peter Tork Project, Shoe Suede Blues and Two-Man Band. He's hosted radio shows and made brief appearances on US TV.
 
Mancunian Dave Jones had a short-lived solo career before returning to his career as an actor. He racked up several TV appearances on US TV shows including 'My Two Dads', 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' and 'Boy Meets World'. Having been nominated for a Tony award for his part in Oliver! before joining The Monkees he appeared in a touring version of the same play, this time as Fagin. Dave Jones passed away in February 2012 following a heart attack. He was 66 years old.

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