The Monkees - Did You Know?

The Monkees - Did You Know?December 5, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American rock and pop band, The Monkees.




The Monkees are an American rock and pop band that was formed in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. The band was active between the years 1966-1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed.

The original line-up of the band consisted of Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones.

One of their known songs in "I'm a Believer," a song that was actually written by Neil Diamond. Diamond had his first big hit earlier in 1966 with the song "Cherry, Cherry," which got the attention of Don Kirshner, who was looking for material for The Monkees.

Don Kirshner was sold on "I'm a Believer" and as part of the deal, allowed Neil Diamond to record the song as well. Diamond's version of the song was released on his 1967 album Just For You. The Monkees version of the song benefited from exposure on their television series.

The Monkees have sold over 75 million records all over the world, which makes them one of the biggest selling groups of all time with international hits, including "I'm a Believer", "Last Train to Clarksville", "Daydream Believer", and "Pleasant Valley Sunday".

Newspapers and magazines even reported that the Monkees sold more albums than the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined in 1967, but Nesmith later admitted in his autobiography Infinite Tuesday that it was actually a lie that he told a reporter.

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