Farewell album Good Times is released
Nesmith reunites with the band for tour dates
Jones dies at the age of 66
Nesmith reunites with bandmates for album Justus
Tork, Dolenz and Jones reunite for new album and tour
The Monkees disband
Mike Nesmith leaves the group
Peter Tork leaves the group
Headquarters, their first album with full contributions from the band, hits No. 1
Don Kirshner is dismissed over the band's demand to play and write their own material
Their self-titled album is issued shortly after the show is launched
First single, "Last Train to Clarksville," released one month prior to the show's debut
The four band members are recruited out of 400 potentials at an audition
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..
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.