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The Monkees

The group was created for a NBC television show. Over 400 men auditioned for the roles.
58 Episodes of the TV show were made. It lasted 2 seasons and aired from 1966-1968.
The idea for the fictional group came from the 1965 Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night.
Steven Stills and John Sebastian both auditioned and were turned down for roles on the show. It was rumored that Charles Manson tried out, but this was not true.
Dolenz almost got the part of The Fonz on Happy Days. He was beaten out by Henry Winkler.
At first, the group did not play their own instruments.
The TV show became a hit in England when it aired on the BBC.
After their TV show was canceled, they made the movie Head, which at the time was a box office flop, but is now a cult classic. A then-unknown Jack Nicholson helped write and produce the movie. He also acted in it along with Frank Zappa, Terri Garr, Annette Funicello, Sonny Liston, and Dennis Hopper.
Davy Jones appeared in an episode of The Brady Bunch where he sang to Marsha.
Nesmith's mother invented Liquid Paper. She got the idea when she was a secretary, making small bottles of water-based paint that she called "Mistake Out" and gave to other typists. She sold her company to Gillette in 1979 for $47 million.
Tim Buckley and Frank Zappa both appeared on their TV show. Zappa was a big fan, and even asked Dolenz to play in his group after their show was canceled.
As a child, Micky Dolenz starred in the TV series Circus Boy. It was a Walt Disney production
Headquarters was the only Monkees album recorded with all four in the studio at the same time. On all the other albums each member recorded their part separately and then the whole was mixed by the engineers.
Peter Tork was the most accomplished musician of the Monkees. He plays 12 different instruments: his choice "depends on what kind of music I'm playing."
Tork taught Algebra and coached baseball at a private school in the late 1970s. He also worked as a singing waiter.
Tork declined an invitation to rejoin the Monkees for McDonald's TV commercial, as he is a vegetarian.
Nesmith is the most accomplished musician in the group - he wrote "Different Drum," recorded by The Stone Ponies (Linda Ronstadt), "Propinquity" and "Some Of Shelley's Blues" recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt band. The Monkees may have been designed as a "Prefab Four," but Nesmith is a stand alone artist.
Tork worked as a singing waiter at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax California in the mid '70s.
Nesmith and Jones were both born on a December 30: Nesmith in 1942 and Jones in 1945.

 

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