Hey Hey, It's The Monkees!
Written by Cyn Felthousen-Post
With the success of The Beatles came an idea for a sitcom about four comedic musicians ala Three Stooges-style and their adventures. “The Monkees” premiered in 1966 and was on TV until 1968. The audience fell in love with Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith.
The only contribution to the records at that time were their voices as they had session players provide the music.
The show produced some #1 hit singles; like “I’m a Believer”, “Last Train to Clarksville”, and “Pleasant Valley Sunday”. For a ‘make-believe band’, they sold over 75 million records worldwide.
On September 12, 1966, the first episode of “The Monkees” was aired by NBC and in a very short time the show was a hit, both in the US and the UK.
The Monkees went their separate ways but their show still lives on today, a brilliant example of the 60’s style, humor and music.