While the civilization was entrenched in the mop-topped Beatles, Hollywood executives were in search of the following version the Beatlemania. After seeing The Beatles’ film A hard Day’s Night Bob Rafelson and also Bert Schneider were influenced to produce Rafelson’s idea for The Monkees.

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On July 14, 1965, The Hollywood Reporter stated the future band member Davy Jones was expected to return to the United states in September 1965 after a trip to England “to prepare because that TV pilot because that Bert Schneider and also Bob Rafelson”. Jones had actually previously starred together the Artful Dodger in the Broadway theatre show Oliver!, which debuted ~ above December 17, 1962, and his power was later seen on The Ed Sullivan Show the same night together the Beatles’ first appearance on that show, February 9, 1964. Rafelson and Schneider currently had him in mind for their task after your plans for the Lovin’ Spoonful fell through; when they made decision him, that was basically a proto-star in search of his happy break.


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This rarely black and white footage of Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones’ auditions for the 60s struggle NBC television regimen “The Monkees”. This rare footage mirrors Jones complying with Dolenz in their audition. They clearly feel incredibly awkward together they strive to secure their spots ~ above what is now considered an top TV series. It’s funny, Dolenz can not even narrow down one pair of shoes to wear therefore he wore two various ones! and ‘The Monkees’ were born!


Dolenz described the Monkees as initially being “a TV show around an imagine band … that wanted to be the Beatles, that was never successful”. The actor-musicians became, ironically, one of the most successful bands that the 1960s.

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The Monkees sold more than 75 million records an international and had actually international hits, including “Last Train to Clarksville”, “Pleasant sink Sunday”, “Daydream Believer”, and “I’m a Believer”. In ~ their peak in 1967, the tape outsold the Beatles and the rolling Stones combined.