The world’s first successfully manufactured band!
These days, reminiscing about the ’60s and The Beatles, we think about their singles and albums, but The Fab Four made movies as well.
These Beatles movies gave an old idea a man named Bob Rafelson had a few years earlier, that there should be a TV show about a band.
Initially, Bob had presented the concept of The Monkees to Universal, but they’d turned it down. Now, that he could point towards the Beatles’ success, he approached a subsidiary of Columbia and got support.
The sitcom where the four actors would mime to songs written for them as they were The Monkees was a success, mainly down to the quality of the songwriting which was overseen by Don Kirshner.
Don was using songwriters from the Brill building, including:
- Carole King – Pleasant Valley Sunday
- Neil Diamond – I’m A Believer
- Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Last Train To Clarksville and (Theme from) The Monkees
- John Stewart – Daydream Believer
There were other songwriters responsible for penning Monkees tunes, but these were the most successful.
Would any of these boy and girl bands exist without having learned from The Monkees – the world’s first manufactured band? Probably not.
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I’m A Believer
You can learn how to play I’m a Believer by The Monkees using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, TAB, and the original recording.
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