The Monkees

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The Monkees are an American pop/rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1966 and 1970, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Robert "Bob" Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966–1968, the musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner.

Described by Dolenz as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band [...] that wanted to be the Beatles, [but] that was never successful", the actor-musicians soon became a real band. As Dolenz would later describe it, "The Monkees really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy [who played the alien officer Spock in Star Trek] really becoming a Vulcan."

For the first few months of their almost five-year initial career, the four actor-musicians were allowed only limited roles in the recording studio. This was due in part to the excessive time spent filming the television series, which in turn limited the amount of time available to the group to rehearse and coalesce as a band. Nonetheless, Nesmith did compose and produce some songs from the beginning, and Peter Tork contributed limited guitar work on the Nesmith-produced sessions. They soon fought for and earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. Although the sitcom was canceled in 1968, the band continued to record music through 1971.

In 1986, the television show experienced a revival, which led to a series of reunion tours and new records. Up until 2011, the group had reunited and toured several times, to varying degrees of success. Despite the sudden death of Davy Jones on 29 February 2012, the surviving members reunited for a tour in November–December 2012 and again in 2013 for a 24-date tour.

The Monkees has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and had international hits, including "Last Train to Clarksville", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", and "Daydream Believer". At their peak in 1967, the band outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, combined.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1966 The Monkees 8
1967 More of the Monkees 9
1967 Headquarters 8
1967 Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. 8
1968 The Birds, the Bees & The Monkees 5
1969 Instant Replay 3
1969 The Monkees Present 2
1970 Changes 1
1987 Pool It! 2
1989 20 Smash Hits 1
1994 Changes 1
1996 Justus 1
2000 Headquarters Sessions 1
Last Train to Clarksville & Other Hits 1

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Year Title Rating Releases
1969 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1983 Here Come The Monkees Compilation 2
1986 Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees Compilation 3 3
1988 Missing Links, Volume 1 Compilation 1
1989 By Request Compilation 1
1989 Hey! Hey! It's the Monkees' Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1990 Missing Links, Volume 2 Compilation 1
1990 More Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1990 The Monkees Greatest Hits Compilation 2
1991 Listen to the Band Compilation 1
1991 The Collection Compilation 1
1994 16 Smash Hits Compilation 1
1995 Greatest Hits Compilation 2
1996 Best: I'm a Believer Compilation 1
1996 Missing Links, Volume 3 Compilation 1
1997 The Greatest Hits of the Monkees Compilation 2
2001 Music Box Compilation 1
2001 The Definitive Monkees Compilation 2
2002 The Essentials Compilation 1
2003 The Best of the Monkees Compilation 2
2005 Daydream Believer: The Monkees Collection, Volume 1 Compilation 1
2005 The Platinum Collection, Volume 2 Compilation 1
2006 The Very Best of the Monkees Compilation 1
2007 The Works Compilation 1
2007 I'm a Believer: The Best of The Monkees Compilation 1
2011 Monkeemania: The Very Best of the Monkees Compilation 1
2012 Original Album Series Compilation 1
2012 The Definitive Monkees Compilation 1
2013 The Monkees Present Compilation 1
20 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
Anthology Compilation 1
Barrelful of Monkees Compilation 1
Daydream Believer: The Monkees Collection, Volume 2 Compilation 1
I'm a Believer Compilation 1
I'm a Believer and Other Hits Compilation 1
Singles Collection Compilation 3 1

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