In 1965, over 400 people responded to an ad seeking young men for a new television show about a rock group called The Monkees. The Monkees, starring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork premiered on September 12, 1966, and audiences adored the humorous antics of the band. Though made for TV, The Monkees had real-life hits and struggled against their "Pre-Fab Four" image. Some of their best-loved and number one hits included Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer" and "Last Train to Clarksville." More successful singles followed, including another Neil Diamond song, "Little Bit Me, Little Bit You," Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Pleasant Valley Sunday", and "Daydream Believer" by John Stewart of the Kingston Trio.
Davy Jones was a singer and actor who found fame as a member of the pop group the Monkees, on the television show of the same name.
The Monkees debuted on television in September 1966, and Davy Jones attracted a lot of attention from fans for his charm, wit, warm sense of humor and boyish good looks. The Monkees soon scored on the music charts with hits like "I'm a Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Daydream Believer"—covers of songs originally released by Neil Diamond, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and John Stewart, respectively—and their albums sold millions of copies. Jones later wrote several autobiographies, including 1987's They Made a Monkee Out of Me.
Micky Dolenz was born on March 8, 1945 in Los Angeles. He had a few television roles and played with bands before being cast in The Monkees, a show about a fictitious rock band. Though made for TV, The Monkees had real-life hits and struggled against
their "Pre-Fab Four" image. The series was canceled in 1968 and the band split in 1969. Dolenz has appeared on Broadway and worked as a tv director.
Singer, musician, actor, writer, producer, director. Born George Michael Dolenz on March 8, 1945, in Los Angeles, California. Dolenz grew up in Los Angeles as the son of actor George Dolenz, who is best known for playing the Count of Monte Cristo on television.
Born in Texas in 1942, Nesmith served in the U.S. Air Force before pursuing a career in music. He signed on to become a member of the Monkees, a television rock group, in the mid-1960s. The Monkees enjoyed tremendous success on the pop charts. After he
left the group in 1970s, Nesmith pursued solo projects. He has occasionally reunited with his Monkees bandmates over the years.
Michael Nesmith was born on December 30, 1942 in Houston, Texas. His parents had divorced when he was only 3 years old and he and his mother Bette moved to Dallas. Nesmith attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where he performed in musicals and in the school's choir. During his high school years, Nesmith's mother patented and started marketing her invention, a correction fluid called Liquid Paper, which became a huge success.
Born in 1942, Peter Tork discovered a passion for music early on. He participated in the New York City folk scene in the early 1960s. Moving to California, he landed a part in The Monkees television series in 1965. The fictional band soon became a real
hit, scoring several No. 1 songs. Tork left the group in the late 1960s, but he has reunited with the Monkees several times over the years.
A member of the Monkees, Davy Jones became a popular teen idol in the late 1960s. He began an acting career at the age of 11, winning a role on the popular British soap opera Coronation Street.