Yesterday we learned the sad news that Peter Tork of The Monkees passed away at the age of 77. In honor of my personal favorite Monkee I’m devoting this post to some fun facts about this goofy band from the 1960s (and 70s).
Their first four albums (The Monkees, More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones Ltd) were released between October, 1966 and November, 1967. Each hit #1 on the charts.
While the theme song for their hit television show is recognizable around the world, it never managed to get in the top 5.
Peter Tork was the only one of the band who actually played an instrument on the first two Monkees records. Even then, he only played guitar for one of the songs. Instead, a studio band covered the instrumentals.
Davy Jones was on The Ed Sullivan Show the same night at The Beatles’ first appearance. Davy performed a number from Olive Twist.
Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for The Monkees for seven shows before he left the tour. Maybe wasn’t the very best fit…
David Jones changed his last name to Bowie so as not to be confused with Davy Jones.
The fellas even had a series of comic books based on them!
According to Rollingstone, Daydream Believer is the fan favorite Monkee song. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite Monkee song? Did you watch the show when you were a kid or read the comic book? Who is your favorite Monkee?
I loved Mickey Dolenz – he was so funny! But my favorite was Mike Nesmith – the quietly funny guy!
I DID watch the show as a kid and loved it! I think I’m A Believer is my favorite, but love most of their music. Okay it on Pandora frequently!!!
It’s hard to be sad when listening to one of their tunes, that’s for sure. Mike was probably the smart funny one. 😀
I watched the show when I was a kid. I was really crazy about Peter. He was definitely my favorite. Hard to pick a favorite song.
It was such a fun show! And Peter seemed like a good guy, didn’t he?
What a blast from the past! I don’t think I knew any of their names except Davy Jones. Oh, and does it bother anyone else that the Jacksonville, Florida poster has an apostrophe in their name? (I can’t stop being an editor!) 🙂
Hahahaha! You’re such an eagle eye!
Not only did I watch the Monkees every week, but my friends and I had a Monkee Fan Club to get together and play records and be a little crazy. Mickey was my favorite. I remembered him from the TV show, “Circus Boy”. I loved Davy’s accent though!
I adore that you had a fan club. That makes me smile.