The Monkees Biography (Wikipedia)
The Monkees are an American Pop-rock band originally active between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork and British actor and singer Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner.
Dolenz described the Monkees as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band ... that wanted to be The Beatles, [but] that was never successful". The actor-musicians, however, soon became a real band.
For the first few months of their initial five-year career as "The Monkees", the four actor-musicians were allowed only limited roles in the recording studio. This was due in part to the amount of time required to film the television series. Nonetheless, Nesmith did compose and produce some songs from the beginning, and Peter Tork contributed limited guitar work on the sessions produced by Nesmith. They eventually fought for and earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. The sitcom was canceled in 1968, but the band continued to record music through 1971.
- Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork in conversation with Simon Mayohttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c95nw.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c95nw.jpg2015-09-02T13:00:00.000ZMicky Dolenz and Peter Tork from the Monkees speak to Radio 2's Simon Mayo about their UK tour dates and the group's history.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p031cvky
Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork in conversation with Simon Mayo
The Monkees Tracks