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Monday 3pm ET: Feature Artist – The Monkees

The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Their original line-up consisted of the American actor/musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork with English actor/singer Davy Jones. The group was conceived in 1965 by television producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider specifically for the situation comedy series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The band’s music was initially supervised by record producer Don Kirshner, backed by the songwriting duo of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.

The four actor/musicians were initially allowed only limited roles in the recording studio for the first few months of their five-year career as “the Monkees”. This was due in part to the amount of time required to film the television series. Nonetheless, Nesmith composed and produced some songs from the beginning, and Tork contributed limited guitar work on the sessions produced by Nesmith. All four contributed lead vocals to various tracks. They eventually fought for the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band’s name, acting as musicians, singers, songwriters, and producers.

Following the television show’s cancellation in 1968, the Monkees continued to record music until 1971, after which the group broke up. A revival of interest in the television show came in 1986, which led to a series of reunion tours and new records. The group has reunited and toured several times since then with different line-ups (but always containing Micky Dolenz and at least one of the other original members) and with varying degrees of success. Jones died in February 2012 and Tork died in February 2019. Dolenz and Nesmith remain active members of the group.

Dolenz described The Monkees as initially being “a TV show about an imaginary band… that wanted to be the Beatles that was never successful”. Ironically, the success of the show led to the actor-musicians becoming one of the most successful bands of the 1960s. The Monkees have sold more than 75 million records worldwide making them one of the biggest selling groups of all time with international hits, including “Last Train to Clarksville”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, “Daydream Believer”, and “I’m a Believer”. Newspapers and magazines reported that the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined in 1967, but Nesmith admitted in his autobiography Infinite Tuesday that it was a lie that he told a reporter.

Artist Countdown: Monkees Top 30 12p ET @RadioMax

MonkeesThe 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 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 has reunited and toured several times, to varying degrees of success. Despite the sudden death of Davy Jones in February 2012, the surviving members reunited for a tour in November–December 2012, and again in 2013 for a 24- date tour.

The Monkees had international hits, including “Last Train to Clarksville”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday“, and “Daydream Believer”. At their peak in 1967, the band outsold both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. As of 2012, their albums and singles have sold over 65 million copies worldwide.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 I’m a Believer
2 Daydream Believer
3 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You
4 Valleri
5 Pleasant Valley Sunday
6 Last Train to Clarksville
7 D. W. Washburn
8 Alternate Title (a.k.a. “Randy Scouse Git”)
9 Tear Drop City
10 That Was Then, This Is Now
11 (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone 
12 Good Clean Fun 
13 Listen to the Band 
14 Porpoise Song
15 Words
16 Tapioca Tundra
17 It’s Nice To Be With You
18 Someday Man
19 The Girl I Knew Somewhere
20 Daydream Believer (remix) 
21 As We Go Along
22 Oh My My
23 (Theme From) The Monkees 
24 Mary, Mary
25 She 
26 I Wanna Be Free
27 Goin’ Down
28 Heart and Soul
29 Mommy and Daddy
30 Take a Giant Step

Artist Countdown: David Cassidy Top 20 Hits 1pm ET

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David Bruce Cassidy (born April 12, 1950) is an American actor, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his role as the character of Keith Partridge in the 1970s musical/sitcom The Partridge Family. He was one of pop culture‘s most celebrated teen idols, enjoying a successful pop career in the 1970s, and still performs today.

Cassidy was one of the contestants on Celebrity Apprentice 2011, in which his daughter Katie Cassidy made a brief appearance at her father’s request. – Wikipedia

1 I’ll Meet You Halfway
2 I Think I Love You
3 It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love)
4 I Woke Up In Love This Morning
5 How Can I Be Sure
6 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
7 Could It Be Forever 
8 Rock Me Baby
9 Daydreamer
10 I Am a Clown
11 The Last Kiss
12 Cherish 
13 If I Didn’t Care
14 I Write the Songs
15 Darlin’
16 Lyin’ to Myself
17 Am I Losing You
18 A Friend and a Lover
19 Walking in the Rain
20 Ricky’s Tune