The Monkees are Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith. The band were actually put together to form a make believe band in a sitcom but ended up being one of the most famous bands in the world. Ironic. I did not know at the time they were not a real band but loved the comedy series. All the boys were funny guys and it incorporated sketches, a crazy storyline, some great songs and a variety of famous people at the time.
The show ran from 1966 to 1968 and the band only stayed together afterwards for 3 more years before breaking up. As I was born in 1968 I probably only saw re-runs of the TV show in the earlt 70s but absolutely loved the songs. I never really liked The Beatles and to me The Monkees were the nearest thing to them in making really catchy Pop songs. I still rate them highly today.
My music tastes hadn't really found an identity yet so The Monkees and ABBA were my favourite bands until the likes of The Sweet, Mud and others came around as well in the early 70s. The band mades ome fantastic songs and also when they were allowed their creative freedom some that were ahead of their time, some Progressive and Psychedelic Rock, and some very edgy lyrics and social commentaries.
Sadly, Tork and Jones have passed away but the music lives on. There have been a few reunion tours since the break up with various members of the band particiapting but their best days were the late 60s to early 70s. Songs like "I'm A Believer" and the theme song to the TV show will live on in the memories of people of a certain era.
"I'M A BELIEVER"
"RANDY SCOUSE GIT"
"LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE"