Children of all ages were mesmerized by The Monkees during the mid-1960s. From their music and television show to lunch boxes, buttons, hair magazines and even Davy Jones driver’s licenses (sold worldwide), this group’s music inspired young and old alike.
Join Katherine McCabe as she takes an in-depth look at her extensive collection of Monkees memorabilia!
Early Life and Education
During The Monkees’ years as a pop phenomenon, fierce fighting was taking place in Vietnam; civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy had both been assassinated; there had also been brief moves toward democracy in Czechoslovakia; but through all of this chaos came four former child actors assembled by NBC television who sang (or lip-synced as some claimed) to music provided by top Los Angeles session musicians.
This slim paperback provides Monkee fans and collectors with a wealth of information. Beginning with a timeline that details Monkees events up through 1986 – from MTV reruns to their reunion tour and everything in between – there are eyewitness accounts, explanations of specific events, a complete Songography list, as well as capsule episode guides scattered throughout. A must for serious Monkees followers!
The Monkees became an instantaneous hit television series in 1966, becoming beloved teenager idols worldwide. Davy Jones, who died this Wednesday at age 66 as lead singer for The Monkees, will be memorialized with events both in New York and Britain to remember him by. Helen Kensick confirmed to USA TODAY there will be memorial events taking place both places to pay their respects to this music icon.
Davy Jones was a true teen idol. His face graced many magazine covers and appeared on an array of spin-off products: gum packages, pens, puzzles, charm bracelets, bucket hats and Hot Wheels Monkeemobile toys – not to mention his country-rock albums released after The Monkees split up in 1970. A generous and compassionate individual, Davy enjoyed life’s finer things while remaining playful at heart.
Achievement and Honors
The Monkees left an unforgettable legacy on music, television and memorabilia history. Their legacy of creativity and versatility stands as a reminder of the value of self-expression and perseverance.
Though initially created by a record label to serve as America’s answer to The Beatles, The Monkees quickly developed into their own entity – becoming worldwide celebrities with their hit show and numerous hit albums.
Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith answered fan questions during Live Q&A with Micky and Mike! One fan asked them which songs stood out for them; Nesmith responded with an entertaining tale about jamming with bandmate Davy Jones!
Bill Chadwick was an indispensable member of The Monkees, though not an official band member. Unfortunately, however, his contributions often fall beneath the radar due to all the attention being lavished upon the official band members.
Davy Jones, the beloved 1960s teen idol who died of a heart attack February 29th is being remembered with both private and public services in New York and England.
Even though they were originally assembled for television show purposes, The Monkees soon developed into real friends and bandmates. Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith became firm comrades while skyrocketing to the top of music charts with hits like “Daydream Believer” and “Valleri.”
Katherine McCabe has been an ardent follower of The Monkees since she was young, watching their TV series as a child. Inspired by their comic antics and unwavering kindness, Katherine amassed an extensive collection that includes pieces by all four Monkees; including their Monkee Mobile, pull string dolls, lunch boxes and games.
The Monkees only lasted a short while as a group, before Peter Tork decided to end their contract in 1968 by buying out four years of it and leaving. Tork claimed that their schedule included six albums recorded over just two years which exhausted him and caused his decision.
Even after Jones left, his legacy still lives on through Dolenz, Tork and Nesmith – plus some old vocals from Jones recorded during their time together – touring and making music together. In 2016, they released Good Times! produced by Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger.
Michael Nesmith reportedly held the highest individual net worth within The Monkees; according to Celebrity Net Worth, Michael’s total worth at the time of his death in 2021 was an estimated $50 Million.