The Monkees

Centre In The Square

The Monkees are a pop-rock band that originated in the United States during the 1960s. They were originally formed for a television series of the same name, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The show followed the adventures and misadventures of a fictional band struggling to make it in the music industry.

While The Monkees began as a television project, they evolved into a real-life musical group comprising Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The band members were selected through auditions, and although they started with varying levels of musical experience, they quickly developed into competent musicians.

The Monkees achieved significant commercial success with a string of hit songs, including "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," "Daydream Believer," and "Pleasant Valley Sunday." Their music, often characterized by catchy melodies and harmonies, became emblematic of the pop-rock sound of the era.

Despite initially facing criticism for not playing their own instruments on their early recordings, The Monkees eventually took creative control of their music, playing instruments and contributing to songwriting on later albums.

While the band's original run was relatively short-lived, their influence on pop culture and music has endured over the decades. They have continued to tour and record music intermittently, and their songs remain popular among audiences of all ages.