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Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 12, 1966
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre

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The Monkees

The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created in 1965 for an NBC television series.The show ran from 1966 to 1968,helped make them one of the 1960's most popular music acts.

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TV Special: Hey, Hey It's The Monkees Aired: Feb. 17, 1997

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The show had 2 seasons and 60 episodes air between 1966 and 1968.

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  • Peter Tork actually did play guitar on "Papa Gene's Blues," one of the songs on their first album. This was done at the insistence of Michael Nesmith, who produced this song as well as "Sweet…
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    Peter Tork actually did play guitar on "Papa Gene's Blues," one of the songs on their first album. This was done at the insistence of Michael Nesmith, who produced this song as well as "Sweet Young Thing" for the debut LP. Other than Peter's guitar deployment here, it is widely known that none of the four Monkees played any instruments on their first two albums, supplying only vocals; in the case of Nesmith's tracks he himself was producer. This all changed on their third LP, "Headquarters," in which they sang and played on every track, with some backup help from Mike's longtime bassist pal John London, producer Chip Douglas and bassist Jerry Yester. Their fourth album, "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones Ltd." had a little of both studio musicians and Monkees playing the instruments (this was due to the crushing time constraints of a hectic concert tour as well as filming the TV show's second season; primary outside involvement revolved around the use of drummer "Fast Eddie" Ho), and by the fifth album, "The Birds, the Bees, & the Monkees," they had gone full circle, employing studio musicians and supplying only the vocals, again due to time constraints. They would continue this practice until they stopped recording altogether in 1970, but picked it back up for their 1996 comeback LP, "Justus."
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  • The four Monkees were each paid $450 per episode, raised to $750 for the second season. They received standard royalty rates for their recordings (and publishing, when they wrote the songs),…
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    The four Monkees were each paid $450 per episode, raised to $750 for the second season. They received standard royalty rates for their recordings (and publishing, when they wrote the songs), but received virtually nothing for their merchandising. Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones sued Columbia Pictures in the late 1970s, but had to settle for a payment of only $10,000.
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  • A line of dialogue from Loving You inspired the name of The Monkees, when Deke (Elvis Presley) says to his controlling managers in a moment of rebellion, "That's what you're selling, isn't…
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    A line of dialogue from Loving You inspired the name of The Monkees, when Deke (Elvis Presley) says to his controlling managers in a moment of rebellion, "That's what you're selling, isn't it? A monkey in a zoo."
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