The television show “the Monkees” debuted on NBC-TV in the fall of 1966, starring David Thomas (Davy) Jones, George Michael (Micky) Dolenz Jr., Robert Michael (Mike) Nesmith and Peter Halsten Thorkelson, known as Peter Tork.
Created at the height of the British invasion, they were chosen from several hundred who answered a call for a new television series featuring an American version of the Beatles.
In 1966, “Last Train To Clarksville” vaulted to the top of the Hit Parade. It was followed with another chart topper, “I’m A Believer,” In 1967.“ A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Daydream Believer” were million sellers with “Valieri” striking gold in 1968. Their albums and singles have sold over 65 million copies worldwide.
With four albums reaching the #1 spot and rampant fan hysteria as they toured, the Monkees captured the attention of the world and in the years since, would continue too via TV syndication.
Davy Jones died in Stuart, Florida on February 29 of a heart attack, age 66.
The Monkees received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989 and were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2008.