Though immediately recognizable to television fans as the dryly humorous, wool cap-wearing Mike on "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-69), Michael Nesmith eclipsed his brief tenure as a pop idol with an eclecti...
The three surviving members of The Monkees are heading out on tour again following the success of their 2013 reunion trek. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork have announced a 14-date U.S. tour, which will begin on 22 May (14) in New Hampshire. Announcing the dates, drummer Dolenz says he is "looking forward to great music, great fun and truck-stop chili dogs at 4am".
Michael Nesmith rejoined The Monkees in Port Chester, New York on Monday night (15Jul13) for the first time since he walked out on the band at the beginning of a European tour in 1997. The guitarist has reunited with drummer Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for a summer tour after reconnecting with his former bandmates following group frontman Davy Jones' death last year (12).
The trio appeared at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester for a hits set and screened video footage from The Monkees 1960s heyday.
The latest shows come two years after the group's 45th Anniversary Tour, which marked Jones' last dates with the band.
The late singer wasn't mentioned by name, but a video of him tap-dancing in the film Head was screened as the existing Monkees walked off at the beginning of an interlude, and the trio insisted on inviting a member of the audience to the stage to sing Jones' signature tune Daydream Believer, with Dolenz declaring, "None of us can really sing this song because it doesn't belong to us anymore. It belongs to you."
The Monkees have dug out unseen film footage and rare photos for an upcoming 24-date multi-media summer (13) tour. The existing members of the band - Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork - regrouped for the first time since 1970 last year (12) for a series of tribute concerts for late frontman Davy Jones, who died in February, 2012 - and it appears the feud that once existed between the bandmates has passed.
A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees tour will hit the road in Port Chester, New York on 15 July (13), and according to a press release announcing the dates, the shows will feature "rare films and one-of-a-kind photographs" as part of a nostalgic flashback for fans.
A resounding bit of heartbreaking news reached the public today: Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, has passed away at 66. In honor of the actor/singer/songwriter with the sweet voice and the boyish charm, we have decided to look back on some of our favorite memories of Davy Jones and The Monkees, all the way back to the television show that started everything.
The Monkees TV Show
Davy Jones was the ringleader of The Monkees, a band conceived in the wake of The Beatles for the purposes of their half hour sitcom of the same name, but that later saw themselves become a phenomena all their own. The intro song said it all: "We're just trying to be friendly/Come watch us sing and play." Watch as Davy hooked an entire nation with a series of Jim Carrey-level facial expressions and some smooth vocal stylings.
Tiger Beat Magazine
The Monkees were hardly untouched subject matter when it came to Tiger Beat Magazine. The periodical celebrated the band on over a dozen different covers, such as the one below, reflecting the incredible popularity the band reached with the youth of the era.
“I'm a Believer”
One of the most beloved songs to come from The Monkees’ years of making music is undoubtedly “I’m a Believer.” Jones and his fellow band members, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, created this upbeat ballad celebrating the very idea of love, which has lasted as a public favorite for decades.
Riffing off the successful movies of their British counterparts, The Monkees took their own stab at a feature film with 1968's Head. The meta, psychedelic storyline featured the quartet struggling with the face that they're stuck in a movie and mulling over free will. Adapted by Jack Nicholson from a series of recordings off the group brainstorming with the help of less-than-legal substances, Head marks a departure from the family friendly exterior of the band and a milestone in Jones' acting and music career.
Davy Jones Visits The Brady Bunch
TV magic helped Davy Jones' appear in the Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones," fulfilling Marcia request to have him perform at her high school's dance because he was just too darn nice to turn her down. The guest starring role was so iconic, the filmmakers the spoof feature adaptation in 1995 brought him back for a cameo.
Another of The Monkees’ most wonderful ballads: “Daydream Believer,” which is exceptionally memorable for its powerful, uplifting reprise. Just try and listen to this song without getting a little misty; it’s no easy task.
Davy Jones Visits SpongeBob Squarepants
Davy Jones Locker: the bottom of the ocean. Spongebob Squarepants' Davy Jones Locker: an actual locker where Davy Jones kept his dirty gym socks. The Monkees frontman made an appearance on the popular children's show, stopping by to sing a few bars of "Daydream Believer" for the titular sponge-person's nemesis The Dutchman and poke fun at his own idiomatic name. The scene's great fun, and proved even in his older age, the man had a wonderful sense of humor.
Blushing bride Julia Roberts told ABC's Diane Sawyer on Monday that she was "born to love" her new husband, cameraman Danny Moder. Speaking about her secret July 4 midnight wedding for the first time, Roberts described Moder, whom she met while filming The Mexican, as "a man among men, unselfish and all-encompassing." Even though the actress has had a rather shaky history in her love life, she told Sawyer, "I hope there are some people who agree that I have done some good, some kind things in my life, but to really ultimately stand fully in a moment of realizing that I was born to love, and to be the wife of, this man."
Roberts also spoke publicly for the first time on her split with actor Benjamin Bratt, who recently married actress Talisa Soto (they are expecting their first child). Roberts said Bratt made his own choices and "all the better because he was unhappy, and he left and moved along and found happiness."
Samuel L. Jackson won't be making a movie with a rapper-turned-actor anytime soon. He commented to the Sacramento Bee that he believes the trend of taking rap singers and making them movie stars is an "aberration." He explained, "I know there's some young actor sitting in New York or L.A. who's spent half of his life learning how to act and sacrificing to learn his craft but isn't going to get his opportunity...because of some actor who's been created."
Andy Garcia is poised to join Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson (and no rap singers in sight) in Paramount's Blackout. The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as a female-driven gritty thriller in which a police detective (Judd) investigating a murder finds her past lovers dying around her. Garcia would play a fellow colleague and potential love interest. He just shouldn't get too close.
Continuing the rap theme, Ja Rule is set to join the sequel The Fast and the Furious 2, reprising his role as street racer Edwin. He'll get more screen time in this go-around, as he co-stars with Paul Walker and Tyrese, two undercover cops who once again hit the street-racing scene to bring down a formidable drug trafficker.
Christina Applegate is in negotiations to star with Ben Affleck in DreamWorks' Surviving Christmas. The project focuses on a rich record executive (Affleck) who, rather than spend the holidays by himself, rents the family who now lives in his old childhood home. Applegate would play the family's well-educated scientist daughter.
Bet Regis Philbin never thought he'd be someone's inspiration. Donny Osmond told The Associated Press he credits the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host for making game-show hosts cool again, as he takes on the host role this September in Pyramid. The game show is a syndicated revival of $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid, which Dick Clark hosted in the 1970s and '80s.
"Hey, hey, we're the Monkees!" We could be hearing those immortal lyrics once again as NBC is looking to revive the '60s pop quartet format that made stars out of Monkees band members Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. NBC would be looking for a new group, with a fall 2003 launch date.
Death Row Records mogul Marion "Suge" Knight will be publishing his autobiography in 2003. The as-yet-untitled book will look at Knight's life, including his tumultuous relationships with Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Snoop Dogg and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, as well as his five years in prison.
Was executive producer, writer and host of "Michael Nesmith in Television Parts" (NBC), a TV series of music videos and comedy based on his experimental music video project "Television Parts"
The Monkees buck their prefab beginnings, writing, producing and playing their own instruments for the bulk of the album "Headquarters" at Nesmith's urging
Raised in Texas
Relocated to Los Angeles
Sponsored a residency at the AFI encouraging music and video artists to collaborate in the interest of creating music video innovations; established The Michael Nesmith Award, a grant to aid such endeavors
Began producing music videos, predating MTV with the surrealistic short film for his song "Rio"
Developed "Popclips", the prototype for MTV; produced 56 half-hour episodes for the upstart network
Starred in The Monkees psychedelic feature film "Head", scripted by Jack Nicholson
Recorded first solo album, "Wichita Train Whistle Songs"
His innovative music videos "Rio" and "Cruisin'" released as the home video "Rio and Cruisin"
Produced and had a cameo in the quirky music-themed comedy "Tapeheads", starring John Cusack and Tim Robbins
Formed the folk-rock duo Mike and John with John London
His song "Different Drum" was a hit for The Stone Poneys (led by vocalist Linda Ronstadt)
Hosted the NBC special "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee"
Answered a call in Variety looking for musicians who could act; cast on "The Monkees"
Had a cameo in the Whoopi Goldberg comedy vehicle "Burglar"
Produced the Alex Cox cult classic "Repo Man"
Moved to Memphis; was a sessions musician on Stax-Volt records
Formed The First National Band with London, John Ware and Red Rhodes
"The Monkees", a rock and roll sitcom, aired on NBC; the quartet becomes an instant pop phenomenon
Executive produced the drama feature "Square Dance"
Was executive producer, writer and director as well as star of the contemporary reunion special "Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees" (ABC)
Was executive producer, screenwriter and music performer for the sci-fi Western "Timerider"
Country-rock single "Joanne" hit the Top 40
Was a member of the United States Air Force for two years
Though immediately recognizable to television fans as the dryly humorous, wool cap-wearing Mike on "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-69), Michael Nesmith eclipsed his brief tenure as a pop idol with an eclectic résumé of accomplishments, including being a country-rock pioneer, a leading figure in home video distributor and one of the primary, if uncredited forces behind the creation of MTV. Nesmith's quiet demeanor and love for traditional country seemed to stand in direct contrast to the cartoonish antics of the Monkees' television show and their sunny pop music, though he would pen some of their biggest hits, including "Mary, Mary" and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere." After the group's demise, he established himself as a first-rate country-rock musician and songwriter while developing his own multimedia company, Pacific Arts. The organization would eventually develop a weekly music video series that would be purchased by Warner Cable and transformed into MTV in the early 1980s. Pacific Arts soon became a leader in home video production and distribution, while Nesmith dabbled in film production, novels and virtual live performances on the Internet. He largely resisted the rush of nostalgia that led to numerous Monkees reunions in the late '80s, which did much to preserve his status as a serious performer and entertainment figure.
married in 1976; divorced
invented Liquid Paper
married in 1964; injured in a car accident c. 1967; divorced in March 1975; mother of two of Nesmith's children
born c. 1974; mother, Phyllis Nesmith
born c. 1965; mother, Phyllis Nesmith
born c. 1968; formed band Nancy Boy with Donovan Leitch
born c. 1966; mother, Phyllis Nesmith
Nesmith had extramarital relationship with her c. 1967; gave birth to his son Jason in 1968