Mike Nesmith’s First Solo Hit Sounds Exactly Like a Song on ‘The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees’

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After leaving The Monkees in 1970, Mike Nesmith was at a musical crossroads. He wanted to continue writing and recording music. At the same time, he was eager to leave behind his Monkee Mike persona. He formed the First National Band by merging his love for country music and rock and roll. However, The Monkees’ influence appeared to make its way into his new group’s first single from him. It sounded exactly like a song on the band’s fifth studio album, The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees.

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‘The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees’ was the group’s last album as a foursome

Nesmith, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, and Davy Jones’ last recording as a foursome was The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees. Peter Tork would exit the band for good in 1968.

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