Some things can’t be explained. Take The Monkees. In the mid-sixties, a comedic television show parodying a struggling rock band living on a California beach unexpectedly took off, sending ratings for NBC, its host network, through the roof.
The four main characters in the series, which ran for 58 episodes from 1966-1968 and won two Emmy’s, were played by Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. Each actor had some musical training, but, by their own admissions, weren’t Lennon and McCartney – nor were they trying to be.
As the show’s popularity grew with catchy A.M. radio hits like, “I’m A Believer,” “Last Train
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