RIP Davy Jones
wasn’t he the only talented one out of the monkees? I remember a story that they used other people to sing the songs on their programme etc.
I would suggest you check out the recorded works of Mike Nesmith. Not only can he sing, but he’s a damn good songwriter as well. He had chart success with Rio and Silver Moon. All the band could sing, but early on may have had some help from session musicians in the studio. Like many others have, over the years. Listen to Daydream Believer, it’s quite clearly Davy Jones singing it.Posted 5 years ago
A sad loss, the Monkees were a pretty good pop band, made a bunch of good songs over the years.speaker2animalsSubscriber
I was born in 61. Not sure what years the show was originally shown on Friday teatimes I’d suspect 66/67? I remember crying like a little kid (oh yeah I was one) in the episode where Davy was having to return to the UK and split the band up. Of course something happened to save the day.
RIP fella.Posted 5 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
The Monkees are/were the anti-One direction. Proof that made-up bands can create pop genius given the right circumstances.
May not have been great at first, but worked and grew into themselves. A great self-fulfilling pop prophecy.
RIP Mr Jones.
slainte 🙁 robPosted 5 years agoIHNMember
Proof that made-up bands can create pop genius given the right circumstances.
To be fair, the band didn’t do a lot of the ‘creating’, at least in the early days, many of the songs were written by established artists (Daydream Believer is a Neil Diamond track IIRC).
However, RIP.Posted 5 years agoIHNMember
My mistake, it was I’m A Believer. Quite an illustrious song-writing line-up
Their hits came from some of the greatest up-and-coming pop songwriters around. (Not to mention that Stephen Stills auditioned for the TV series and that the Monkees gave a relatively unknown Jimi Hendrix his first, if ill-advised, high-profile break as an opening act in July 1967. Even Frank Zapa made an appearance).
That was Harry Nilsson’s “Cuddly Toy” that Jones made his own.
The Monkees boosted the careers of songwriters and producers Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart making hits of the “Monkees Theme,” “I Wanna Be Free” (another Jones’ signature) and “Last Train to Clarksville.”
Carole King and Gerry Goffin wrote “Take a Giant Step,” the gorgeous “Sometime in the Morning, “Sweet Young Thing” (with Nesmith) and, of course, “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”
Augie Meyers of the Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados remembers the pandemonium generated by Jones and the Monkees. He’d first met Mike Nesmith in 1958. Nesmith even penned a song for Meyers’ teenage group the Fabulous Goldens — “I Guess I’ll Go Somewhere and Cry.”
“It was like Elvis or the Beatles, you know what I’m saying? Just ahhhhhhh!! Just screaming little teenies,” Meyers recalled.
The Sir Douglas Quintet and Monkees did several dates together. Meyers remembers Jones and the others as nice guys. “We’d hang out backstage,” he said. ”We’d say, Hi.’ And talk for a few minutes. The , ‘See you next time.’”
Meyers praised the Monkees for giving songwriters a break.
“They were a manufactured band. But it would have been fantastic to (get them a song),” he said. “But we were doing it, too, at that point. We had ‘Mendocino’ out.”
Before he became a superstar, Neil Diamond provided the monster hit “I’m a Believer,” as well as “Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow.”
Neil Sedaka and Carole Bayer Sayer contributed “When Love Comes Knockin’ (At Your Door)” to the second album.
Jeff Barry and Marianne Faithfull had a hand in the rocker, “She.”
Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil delivered the haunting “Shades of Gray.” Actor Jack Nicholson even got in on the action during the band’s “Head” period.
Singer-songwriter John Stewart, a second-generation member of the Kingston Trio, produced Jones’ most popular and well-known song, “Daydream Believer.”Posted 5 years ago
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