Mike Nesmith Admits The Monkees Were Initially ‘Disastrous’ and ‘Couldn’t Work Together’ as a Musical Group

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Although The Monkees created some of the most memorable pop songs of the late 1960s, musically, it was difficult for them to gel as a group. Hired as actors with some musical experience to play a television band, The Monkees members Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones, and Micky Dolenz had previously never tried to make music together. Mike admitted that initially, The Monkees as a musical group were “disastrous” and “couldn’t work together.”

Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork | NBCUniversal via Getty Images

One month after ‘The Monkees’ TV show aired in 1966, the cast had its first number-one record

The Monkees Television series linked the onscreen personas of Nesmith, Dolenz, Jones, and Tork to music, making for an enhanced viewer experience. However, producers likely never expected the explosion of interest in the music of The Monkees, along with increased viewership.

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