The Monkees

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The worlds first successfully manufactured band!

These days, reminiscing about the 60s and The Beatles, we think about their singles and albums, but The Fab Four actually 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, new legs.

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 sibsidary 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 song writing which was overseen by a man named Don Kirshner.

Don was using songwriters from the Brill building, including: 

  • Carol 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.

Since the first attempt of manufacturing a band, many have tried since, most notably Girls Aloud, Spice Girls, One Direction, N’ Sync, New Kids On The Block, and Backstreet Boys.

Would any of these boy and girl bands existed without having learned from The Monkees – the world first manufactured band? Probably not.

The Monkees | Tunes

I’m A Believer

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I thought love was only true in fairy tales,
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meant for someone else but not for me.

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