THE MONKEES


 

 

 

 

The Monkees

HEY HEY WE'RE THE MONKEES!

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The Monkees' tale is legendary. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork were plucked by fate from a mass casting call in 1965. Asked to portray a zany rock band in the spirit of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, the quartet went on to out-sell the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined: more than 16 million albums between 1966 and 1968.

 

LINKS


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MEMBERS OF THE GROUP

 

Micky Dolenz

Davy Jones

Peter Tork

Mike Nesmith

 

 

 

HISTORY OF THE GROUP


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The Monkees were started in 1966 by NBC TV Network to show what was happening at these changing times . Many people were interviewed for the jobs including Steven Stills, Peter's friend, however Steven didn't get the job. Instead they picked Mickey, Davy, Mike, and Peter and they went from a T.V. show to the world's most popular rock group and became part of American Music history. In the beginning of their career many famous writers helped them with such hits as "I Am a Believer",etc. 

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But after some critism of the boys not having input into the material,they decided to change that fact and made many other great songs such as "Shades of Gray" and "Words". I feel much of their later work is better than the beginning of their career. No matter how you feel about the group, I do not think that there is a person on earth who cannot sing "Daydream Believer"! One piece of trivia about the group is that if they did not take things into their own hands their next song would have been a song called Sugar ,Sugar!! The history of the group may have been very different but I feel they made alot of great music even by doing it themselves.  At one point in music history the Monkees were more popular than the Beatles , if you could image this . They also attemped to become movie stars in their movie    called HEAD

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Even today , everyone enjoys watching them on their tv show and watching the great showmanship which this group had and still does great in concerts today!

Tom Brady

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The Monkees
Monkee Webring
Mikes Page

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This I feel is one of the best Monkee albums made and includes such songs as: She, When Love Comes Knockin' ,Mary,Mary Your Auntie Grizelda, I'm Not Your Steppin Stone, Look Out,Laugh, I'm a Believer and many more great songs!

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Some of the Monkees Songs

 

Last Train To Clarksville

Take A Giant Step

I'm a Believer

She

I'm Not Your Steppin Stone

Mary Mary

Valeri

D.W. Washburn

A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You

Shades Of Gray

Words

Daydream Believer

Cuddly Toy

Listen To The Band

Pleasant Valley Sunday

That Was Then,This Is Now

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ALBUMS LISTING

 

 

#1--------------THE MONKEES-----------------RELEASED --10/66

#2--------------MORE OF THE MONKEES--RELEASED---01/67

#3-------------- HEADQUARTERS-------------RELEASED---05/67

#4-------------- PISCES, AQUARIUS , CAPRICORN & JONES LTD--

---------------------------------------------------------RELEASED--11/67

#5---------------THE BIRDS , THE BEES & THE MONKEES

-----------------------------------------------------------RELEASED ---04/68

#6------------------HEAD ( MOVIE SOUNDTRACK)---RELEASED--12/68

#7------------------ INSTANT REPLAY------------RELEASED--02/69

#8------------------THE MONKEES PRESENT --RELEASED---10/69
                          NOTE: NO PETER TORK

#9------------------CHANGES -----------------------RELEASED---05/70

                          NOTE: ONLY DAVY and MICKEY

#10----------------20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT TOUR-LIVE 1986

 

#11------------------ POOL IT-------------------RELEASED--08/87

#12-------------------MISSING LINKS---------RELEASED ----1987

#13-------------------MISSING LINKS #2------RELEASED-----1990

#14--------------------JUST US--------------------RELEASED-----10/90

#15--------------------MISSING LINKS #3-----RELEASED-----2001

#16--------------------THEN AND NOW---------RELEASED------2002
 

 


 


ASSOCIATED WITH THE GROUP

 

Don Kirshner (born April 17, 1934) . known as The Man With the Golden Ear, is an American song publisher and rock producer who is best known for managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups such as THE Monkeesa and the The Archies  which is why when The Monkees did not record the song SUGAR SUGAR THE ARCHIES DID!!!.

Writers for song of the groups songs : Neil Dimond /  Carol King  / Boyce and Hart /Neil Sedaka and many other famous writers.

MUSICIANS who played on their records include many famous artist:  Hal Blaine/ Keith Allison / Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart /  Glen Campbell /  and many others !!
 

RCA Victor Studios is where most recording tool place due to the label COLGEMS which the MONKEES were released on was owned by RCA. Also RCA is owned by GE who also owns NBC which their TV show appeared on.

THE MONKEES out sold The Beatles and were the most popular band of the one era which was not only the people behind the scenes but the men in front were also respondible for this fact!!!

Colgems Records was a record label which existed from 1966 to 1971. It was a joint venture between COLUMBIA - SCREEN GEMS and RCA RECORDS to issue records by The Monkees and other Screen Gems artists. The label would also soundtrack recordings for Screen Gems and Columbia Pictures productions. RCA acted as manufacturer and distributor for Colgems. (Outside the United States, all Colgems productions appeared on the RCA VICTOR LABEL )

Present Monkees Cd are found on RHINO RECORDS LABEL   

 

 

 



 

 


GOLD AND PLATIUM RECORDS

#1-------------LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE-----------------SINGLE-------------GOLD

#2-------------THE MONKEES ------------------------------------ALBUM------------GOLD
                                                                                                                             5x muti -Platinum

#3--------------I'M A BELIEVER------------------------------------SINGLE-------------GOLD

#4--------------MORE OF THE MONKEES-------------------------ALBUM-------------GOLD
                                                                                                                                   5x MUTI-PLATInUM

#5-------------- LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU----------------SINGLE-------------GOLD

#6---------------HEADQUATERS-------------------------------------ALBUM---------------GOLD
                                                                                                                                           2x PLATINUM

#7----------------PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY---------------------SINGLE------------GOLD

#8----------------PISCES, AQUARIUS, CAPRICORN  & JONES------ALBUM------------GOLD
                                                                                                                                            PLATINUM

#9-----------------DAYDREAM BELIEVER------------------------------SINGLE-----------GOLD

#10----------------VALLERI-------------------------------------------------SINGLE---------GOLD

#11-----------------The Birds , The Bees & The Monkees--------------------ALBUM-----------GOLD
                                                                                                                                                 PLATINUM

#12-----------------THE MONKEES GREATEST HITS---------------------ALBUM-----------GOLD
                                                                                                                                                   PLATINUM

#13----------------THEN & NOW --------------------------------------------ALBUM------PLATIUM

#14------------------GREATEST HITS-----------------------------------------ALBUM--------GOLD

 

MONKEE MOBLE


 

 

 



 


THE MONKEES TV SHOW

 

The show was on NBC prime time from 1966 to 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOME MONKEE PICTURES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SINGLES

 

 

                                   

Title Highest Position Weeks on Chart Date of Release Gold/Platinum Awards Award Certification Date
Last Train to Clarksville 1 (1) 15 9/10/66 PLATINUM 10/27/66
I'm A Believer/ 1 (7) 15 12/10/66 PLATINUM 11/28/66
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone 20 8 12/17/66 - -
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You/ 2 (1) 10 3/25/67 GOLD 3/08/67
The Girl I Knew Somewhere 39 5 3/25/67 - -
Pleasant Valley Sunday/ 3 10 7/22/67 PLATINUM 7/14/67
Words 11 9 7/22/67 - -
Daydream Believer 1 (4) 12 11/18/67 PLATINUM 11/14/67
Valleri/ 3 10 3/9/68 GOLD 2/26/68
Tapioca Tundra 34 6 3/9/68 - -
D.W Washburn/ 19 7 6/15/68 - -
It's Nice To Be With You 51 7 6/15/68 - -
Porpoise Song 62 6 10/12/68 - -
Tear Drop City 56 7 2/22/69 - -
Listen to the Band/* 63 8 6/7/69 - -
Someday Man 81 2 5/10/69 - -
Good Clean Fun 82 5 9/20/69 - -
Oh My My 98 2 6/6/70 - -
That Was Then, This Is Now 20 14 7/5/86 - -
Daydream Believer [R] 79 4 11/1/86 - -
Heart and Soul 87 4 9/26/87 - -

 


ALBUMS

 

                        

Title Highest Position Weeks on Chart++ Date of Release Gold/Platinum Awards Award Certification Date
The Monkees 1 (13)* 49 10/01/66 8/17/94
More of The Monkees 1 (18)** 45 01/10/67 8/17/94
Headquarters 1 (1)*** 41 5/22/67 8/17/94
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. 1 (5)**** 19 11/14/67 8/17/94
The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees 3***** 15 4/01/68 8/17/94
HEAD 45 ? December 1, 1968 - -
Instant Replay 32 5 02/15/69 - -
The Monkees Present 100 ? October 1969 - -
The Monkees' Greatest Hits 69 ? 1969 - -
Changes 152+ ? June 1970 - -
The Monkees' Greatest Hits 58 ? 7/23/76 12/16/91
Then & Now-- The Best of the Monkees 21 12 6/26/86 1/15/87
Pool It! 72 ? 08/87 - -
Greatest Hits ? ? 10/24/95 8/07/00
Justus ? ? 10/15/96 - -
Best of the Monkees 51 4++ 04/29/03 - -






 


THE MONKEES CD'S

 

THE MONKEES DELUXE EDITION

Originally released in 1966, The Monkees had an amazing 78-week run on the Billboard album chart. It includes the #1 hit "Last Train To Clarksville" and the infectious "(Theme From) The Monkees," both written for the band by hit songwriting team Boyce & Hart. Also features Goffin & King's "Take A Giant Step" and David Gates' "Saturday's Child." Disc one's nine bonus tracks include previously unreleased alternate mixes of "The Kind Of Girl I Could Love" and "Papa Gene's Blues," plus a take of "I Don't Think You Know Me" featuring Micky Dolenz on vocals. Disc two's eight bonus cuts include a previously unreleased demo version of "Propinquity (I've Just Begun To Care)" and a rare Kellogg's jingle.
 

MORE OF THE MONKEES  DELUXE EDITION

 

1967's More Of The Monkees was the band's most successful album, becoming the third best-selling LP of the '60s (ranking higher than any Beatles album). The band topped the pop singles charts again with the Neil Diamond-penned "I'm A Believer." The album also features the Top 20 hit "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and the classic cut "She," both composed by Boyce & Hart. Twelve bonus tracks on disc one include an alternate mix of "I'm A Believer" and a version of "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" that features Peter Tork's narration." Disc two's six bonus cuts include the first recorded version of "Valleri" "and a previously unreleased alternate mix of "Tear Drop City

 

HEADQUATERS DELUXE EDITION

 

The Monkees' third album, HEADQUARTERS, was also the group's third #1 record. Released in 1967 just as the Summer of Love was flowering, the album represents a watershed moment for the quartet. After a bitter fight for more creative control, the band members were finally allowed to pick the songs they sang and play on the songs they recorded. The band tracked 13 songs for the album including the Nesmith-penned single “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” (which was not originally included on the album), “Shades Of Gray,” “You Just May Be The One,” “Randy Scouse Git” and “For Pete's Sake,” a track later used as the closing theme to the band's Emmy-winning television show. Among the set's 21 bonus songs are several unreleased stereo remixes including “You Can't Tie A Mustang Down,” “If I Learn To Play The Violin” and “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” the #2 hit single written by Neil Diamond, plus demo versions of “Nine Times Blue,” “Midnight Train” and “Pillow Time.”

 

PISCES , AQUARIUS , CAPRICORN & JONES LTD
DELUXE EDITION

Just before Thanksgiving 1967, The Monkees returned with their fourth consecutive #1 album, PISCES, AQUARIUS, CAPRICORN & JONES LTD. Generally considered as one of the band's finest, the album's 13 tracks include the hit songs “Pleasant Valley Sunday” written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and “Words,” by the songwriting team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who wrote many of the band's biggest hits. The set's 14 bonus tracks feature unreleased alternate mixes of “Star Collector,” “Salesman,” “Cuddly Toy” (a Harry Nilsson song) and “Daily Nightly,” a song Nesmith wrote about the '66 riots on the Sunset Strip. The bonus tracks also include the soulful “Goin' Down,” a track that came together during a jam session and was based on the chord progression of Mose Allison's “Parchment Farm.”
 


 

 

 

MONKEE TRIVIA

 

Due to a controversy of the group not playing their own instruments they got rid of their orginal prodcuer so they could make their own album called Headquaters.

If the group had stayed with their orginal producer they would have recorded a song call
SUGAR SUGAR!!!!

STEPHEN STILLS APPLIED TO BE A MONKEE.

 

THE MONKEES WERE FORMED FOR A TV SHOW BUT DID BECOME A ROCK  LEGEND!

PETER TORK WAS THE FIRST MONKEE TO LEAVE THE GROUP

ONE WONDERS WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPEN TO THE GROUP IF THEY HAD CONTINUED ON THEIR ORIGINAL COURSE AND NOT LISTEN TO CRITICS!!


 

INFORMATION

 

The group formed in Los Angeles in 1965. Chosen from over 400 applicants for the new Columbia TV Series. Consisted of Davy Jones from Manchester England ,Mike Nesmith ,Huston Tx. , Peter Tork ,Washington DC , and Mickey Dolenz from Tarzana Ca.   Dolenz had appeared on Tv series "Circus Bay" using the name Mickey Braddock in 1956,. Jones had been a race jockey and appeared in London musicals Oliver and Pickwick. Tork had been in the Phoenix Singers. Nesmith had done session work for Stax/Volt. Their tv show was dropped after 58 episodes during 1966 through 1968.Peter Tork was the first to leave the group in 1968 and the rest of the group disbanded in 1969. The re-formed for awhile in 1986 and had a hit with the song That was Then,This is now. The group had 12 top 40 hits on the Billboard charts.

SOME 90's Releases by the GROUP

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