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A Monkee was born 68 years ago
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 03/09/13 8:27 am] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On March 8, 1945, Mickey Dolenz of the made-for-television group, "The Monkees," was born in Los Angeles.

Following the success of The Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night," producers for Columbia Pictures TV wanted a comedy program based on a rock group. They auditioned 500 performers in the fall of 1965, and chose Mickey Dolenz, David Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith. They became "The Monkees," and their TV show was at the top of the ratings almost from its beginning in September, 1966.


Records by "The Monkees" soon began to move on to the charts, and they had such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

In 1986, "The Monkees," minus Mike Nesmith, held a reunion tour of the U.S. and Canada, and Tork, Jones, and Dolenz toured the United States again in 1997. Sadly, Davy Jones passed away on February 29, 2012.

(Info thanks to The Canadian Press.)


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