78 (passed away Dec. 10th, 2021)
Dec. 30th, 1942
Houston, Texas, USA
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Robert Michael Nesmith was an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, and novelist. He was best known as a member of the pop rock band the Monkees and co-star of the TV series The Monkees.
Nesmith was a struggling singer-songwriter in September 1966 when The Monkees television debut turned him and fellow band members Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and David Jones into overnight rock stars.
Nesmith was known as the Monkee in the green wool hat with the thick Texas drawl, and the writer of songs like Mary, Mary, Circle Sky, Listen to the Band, and The Girl I Knew Somewhere.
Nesmith was running "hoot nights" at the popular West Hollywood nightclub the Troubadour when he saw a trade publication ad seeking "four insane boys" to play rock musicians in a band modelled after the Beatles.
Each episode rolled out two or three new Monkees songs, six of which became Top 10 Billboard hits during the show's two-year run. Three others, I'm a Believer, Daydream Believer and Last Train to Clarksville, reached No. 1.
After the group broke up in 1970, Nesmith moved on to a long and creative career, not only as a musician but as a writer, producer and director of films, author of several books, head of a media arts company and creator of a music video format that led to the creation of MTV.
Michael Nesmith has passed away in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes.
- During the 1980s he built up the largest non-theatrical home video catalog in the world called Pacific Arts Corporation. It owned rights to everything from _Koyaanisqatsi (1982)_ (qv) to _"The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" (1966)_ (qv) to 'Ken Burns (I)' (qv) _"Civil War, The" (1990) (mini)_. Pacific Arts licensed the right to use the PBS logo on the titles in its catalog which had been aired on PBS, and developed the PBS Home Video label. The venture ended in a lawsuit with PBS that resulted in a six-week trial in federal court. A jury unanimously found PBS liable for intentional misrepresentation, intentional concealment, negligent misrepresentation, intentional interference with Pac Arts' contractual relations with the program producers and in breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. They awarded Pacific Arts and Nesmith real and punitive damages totaling more than $47,000,000. PBS and Nesmith subsequently settled for an undisclosed sum.
- The Monkees were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- Gave up taking the "A" side of the first single actually performed by 'The Monkees' (qv), instead choosing friend 'Bill Martin (IV)' (qv)'s song "All Of Your Toys", which Nesmith believed would be a bigger hit. A publishing snag kept "Toys" from being released (until the late 1980s), but Nesmith's "B" side, "The Girl I Knew Somewhere", backed their next single - 'Neil Diamond (I)' (qv)'s "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You".
- His first professional recording (under the pseudonym "Michael Blessing") was a folk music single entitled "What Seems To Be the Problem, Officer?"
- He has four kids: Christian, Jonathan, Jason, and Jessica.
- Had published several songs through different companies before signing his contracts for 'The Monkees' (qv); Nesmith's "Mary, Mary" had already been a hit for the Butterfield Blues Band. With Nesmith signed to Screen Gems as a songwriter, the company next bought up Nesmith's earlier publishing, so his songs could be used for the Monkees.
- Was often referred to by 'The Monkees' (qv) staff as "Wool Hat".
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