Mike Nesmith Shares His Ultimate Musical Heartbreak: ‘I Was in Limbo’ After Exiting The Monkees


In 1970, Mike Nesmith bought himself out of his contract with The Monkees. Following Peter Tork as the second of the quartet to strike out on his own, Nesmith was left with a wealth of industry connections. However, he was unsure of how to put them to use. He claimed, “I was in limbo” until finding a group that appeared to fulfill a destiny that began in the early 1960s.

Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones, and Micky Dolenz | Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

Mike Nesmith’s final appearance as a Monkees member was for a children’s toy commercial

By 1970, Nesmith appeared to have tired of portraying the straight man to Tork, Dolenz, and Jones on the television series and subsequent mandatory television advertisements.


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