Davey celebrates his 63rd B-day and Michael his 65th yesterday.
-The Monkees debuted September 12, 1966, on the NBC television network. It ran for 2 years. The Monkees won two Emmy Awards in 1967: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy.
- David Bowie’s real name is David Jones, but changed his surname to Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy the TV performer/Monkee (Bowie was at the time, 1966, performing as David and/or Davey Jones).
- Michael Nesmith’s family fortune was the result of his mother, Bette, being the inventor of “Liquid Paper”, typewriter correction fluid.
- Michael Nesmith is also notable as a hit songwriter, including "Different Drum" sung by Linda Ronstadt with the Stone Poneys, as well as, executive producer of the cult films, Repo Man, Tapeheads, and Timerider.. Nesmith also holds the honor of winning the first Grammy Award (1981) given for Video of the Year for his hour-long Elephant Parts.
- Canadian rock band “The Tragically Hip” took their name from a skit in Elephant Parts.
- Micky Dolenze auditioned for the role of “The Fonz” for the TV series Happy Days. In the movie, Batman Forever, Dolenz was considered to play The Riddler, and did a screen test for the role.
- out of the four TV cast members, Peter Tork & Michael Nesmith were the only two actual musicians initially.
- Jack Nicholson was the co-writer and co-producer of the motion picture HEAD, released in 1968 starring the Monkees. Frank Zappa appeared in the film and also did a bit in the television series.
- hit songs I’m A Believer, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, and Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) were written by Neil Diamond.
- Daydream Believer was written by John Stewart (Sept. 5, 1939 – Jan. 19, 2008) American songwriter and singer, best-known for his contributions to the American folk music movement of the early and mid 1960s while a member of The Kingston Trio (1961–1967). Biggest solo hit was, "Gold," in 1979 (reached #5).
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