The Monkees

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Born: 11/30/1965 in United States

Filmography

Music (13)

The Wrecking Crew 2015 (Movie)

("Mary Mary") (Song Performer)

Straw Dogs 2011 (Movie)

("Goin' Down") (Song Performer)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

("(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone") (Song Performer)

Tribute: A Rockumentary 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

("Porpoise Song (theme from 'Head')") (Song Performer)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

("I'm a Believer") (Song Performer)

Hey, Hey, It's The Monkees 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Hide and Seek 1997 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

A Very Brady Sequel 1996 (Movie)

("Last Train to Clarsville") (Song Performer)

The Joy Luck Club 1993 (Movie)

("The Monkee's Theme") (Song)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

("Last Train to Clarksville") (Song Performer)

The Monkees 1966 - 1968 (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

Things Behind The Sun (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (4)

The 1996 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Milestones

2016

Farewell album Good Times is released

2013

Nesmith reunites with the band for tour dates

2012

Jones dies at the age of 66

1996

Nesmith reunites with bandmates for album Justus

1986

Tork, Dolenz and Jones reunite for new album and tour

1969

The Monkees disband

1968

Mike Nesmith leaves the group

1968

Peter Tork leaves the group

1967

Headquarters, their first album with full contributions from the band, hits No. 1

1967

Don Kirshner is dismissed over the band's demand to play and write their own material

1966

Their self-titled album is issued shortly after the show is launched

1966

First single, "Last Train to Clarksville," released one month prior to the show's debut

1966

The four band members are recruited out of 400 potentials at an audition

Bonus Trivia

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Initially, Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider wanted to form the series around The Lovin' Spoonful, but the band had signed a contract that prevented Screen Gems from distributing their music..

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Among the musicians who attended the audition for The Monkees were Stephen Stills (who suggested that Peter Tork try out), Harry Nilsson, Van Dyke Parks and Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night. Contrary to longstanding apocrypha, Charles Manson did not audition for the group.

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Initially, Davy Jones was enlisted to play drums in the group, since he was already skilled on the instrument. However, due to his short stature, he was assigned to sing and play percussion while Tork taught Dolenz to play drums. Mike Nesmith later said that Tork was a far better guitarist than bassist.

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Popular legend claimed that Kirshner's big hit for the Archies, "Sugar, Sugar," had been rejected by the Monkees - a claim dismissed by its writer/producer, Jeff Barry.

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Though studio musicians played all of the instruments on the Monkees' first two albums, subsequent albums were divided between the band members themselves and members of the Byrds, Lowell George, Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills, Neil Young and others, all acting as studio musicians

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Prior to departing the Monkees, Nesmith recorded a solo album, The Wichita Train Whistle Sings (1969), which featured big band versions of his songs arranged by jazz drummer Shorty Rogers.

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After the band folded in 1970, Dolenz and Jones toured with Tommy Hart and Bobby Hart for a "Golden Hits of the Monkees" show that played state fairs and amusement parks and briefly, Japan and Thailand.

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Tork, Dolenz and Jones reunited once in the 1970s to record a Christmas single, "Christmas is My Time of Year" for producer Chip Douglas in 1976.

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The Monkees' 1986 single, "That Was Then, This is Now," reached No. 20 on the singles chart, but was performed only by Dolenz and Tork. 

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