The Monkees, at one time, was one of the most popular bands in the world and a pillar of the American rock scene in the '60s. While primarily conceived as and recruited for the TV comedy series The Monkees, which won two Emmy Awards in 1967, the band is best known for its string of hit songs, which are still being covered and updated today. The Monkees has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide and still performs live.
Too Busy Singing
The Monkees was the brainchild of filmmakers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider. The idea for the show dated back to 1962, but after the success of A Hard Day's Night from The Beatles, the pair convinced TV executives to recruit a band for the show in 1965. The latter half of the '60s would begin a period of remarkable creative ferment for the band. Apart from its duties on the TV show, The Monkees would release nine albums between 1966 and 1970. The band's self-titled debut album, The Monkees, came out on October 10th, 1966, and sold more than 5 million copies in the US. It began a remarkable run of four straight No. 1 albums all released within a 13-month period, including More of the Monkees, Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. These albums also spawned several No. 1 hits, which drew the adoration of fans and critics alike. "Last Train to Clarksville" received two nominations from the 1966 Grammy Awards for the Best Contemporary Recording and the Best Contemporary Group Performance. "I'm a Believer," perhaps the band's most well-known song, earned two nominations from the Grammy Awards for Best Performance by a Vocal Group and Best Contemporary Group Performance. In 1968, the band released two more albums: The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees and Head. These albums spawned another No. 1 hit, "Daydream Believer." Following the release of its 1970 album, Changes, and the end of the original lineup, the band would not record another album together until 1987. The Monkees would reunite intermittently over the years to produce Justus in 1996, Good Times! in 2016 and Christmas Party in 2018.
Where can I purchase The Monkees tickets?
You can purchase tickets to The Monkees concerts at StubHub, a worldwide vendor for music, theater and sports.
Who are the members of The Monkees?
The Monkeees consists of Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith. Davy Jones died in 2012, and Peter Tork died in 2019.