Like countless other teenagers, I fell head over heels in love with a wacky group of guys known as the Monkees. Unlike many of those teens, however, it didn’t occur in the 1960s. Instead, I stumbled upon the show when reruns began airing for the series’ 35th anniversary. Even though the stars and bandmates — Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Mike Nesmith — were no longer part of the “young generation” they sang about in the opening credits by the time I found them, they were still able to make my heart soar with every episode. The lighthearted hi-jinx mixed with their chart-topping tunes still never fail to put a smile on my face!
The show was inspired by the Beatles and their first film, A Hard Days Night, but it quickly honed its own style for success. Even if you claim to be the world’s biggest Monkees fan, chances are you don’t know all of the facts about the show that we were able to dig up from DVD commentaries and Micky's memoir ($14.95, Amazon). Go ahead and put on one of their old records (or a playlist of your favorite hits) and take a look below to learn some amazing behind-the-scenes stories from The Monkees!
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