Number 46: The Monkees
I was a little Monkee fanboy and the first albums I owned were the Monkees’ “The Monkees” and “More of the Monkees”. I was still at Primary School and had no idea and couldn't have cared less that none of the boys was actually playing their instruments. I saw Davey Jones once on Princes Street, nearly three decades later. He was tiny. I still felt the tug of puppy love though!
Written by professional songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, as was Last Train to Clarksville. They also performed all of the backing tracks and vocals for the songs on the first few albums, with the Monkees adding lead vocals. In the 70s, Boyce and Hart teamed up with Davey Jones and Mickey Dolenz and toured a 'Golden Greats of the Monkees' show. Boyce moved to England for a while before returning to the US, where he killed himself in 1994.