Free piano sheet music from The Monkees
About The Monkees
The Monkees were formed in Los Angeles, California, and it’s an American pop rock band. The idea of "The Monkees" came from Bob Rafelson, in the form of television series. Alongside Bert Schnneider, he casted Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones for the series. According to Micky Dolenz, everything started as "a TV show about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles and which was never successful". On the contrary, in real life, they became more and more famous, eventually becoming a real band.
The first period of their activity was between 1966-1971, and at the beginning of this period their activity was limited in terms of recording and composing. This happened because the time for filming was limiting the actual time that they needed to record as a real band. The sitcom ended in 1968 but The Monkees continued recording and producing their music for the next three years.
After a long break, in 1986, The Monkees embarked in many reunion tours. The revival came as a result of the series being televised once again. With this new ascension, they released their first single, since 1971, "That Was Then, This Is Now" which reached top 20 on Billboard magazine. The tours they made in this period were the most constructive in terms of money earning.
They released the album "Pool It!" which received mainly positive reviews from the critics. The band kept touring in many continents for the next three years.
Another reunion was made in 1994, when Rhino records re-issued their CDs and also offered six bonus tracks that weren’t released to the public to that day. The next reunion took place in 1996, when The Monkees celebrated their 30th anniversary. In 2000, the group reunited to tour the United States and in May, 2011 they began "An Evening With The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour", which began in Liverpool, England and included a total of 43 performances. The tour was a major commercial success, even after 45 years since the band was formed and it grossed almost 4 million dollars.
The current band members include Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith. The big absent is Davy Jones, who died in 2012 due to a heart attack. James Poniewozik , from Time magazine stated, as a comment to Jones’ death, that
"Whatever Jones and The Monkees were meant to be, they became creative artists in their own right, and Jones’ chipper Brit-pop presence was a big reason they were able to produce work that was so commercial, wholesome and yet impressively weird" .
The Monkees are one of the most successful bands in the history of music. Even though they started as a television series, their creative talent soon turned them into a real band that went beyond any expectations and conquered the audience.
|Members:||Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith|
|Origin:||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Years Active:||1966–1971, 1986–1989, 1993–1997, 2001–2002, 2010–present|
|Labels:||Colgems, RCA, Bell, Arista, Rhino|