Before “American Idol” created singing sensations for the nation, NBC introduced America to the Monkees.
The Monkees began life as a fictional band created by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for a television pilot. They figured they could capitalize on Beatlemania, which was all the rage back in 1965.
The group quickly became a phenomenon as catchy singles like “Daydream Believer” rose to the top of the charts. The Monkees outsold the Beatles and Elvis Presley combined in 1967.
The Smithsonian Channel will air a documentary called “Making the Monkees,” premiering Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. The program features recent interviews with many of the people who created the group.
The first season of “The Monkees” TV show aired on NBC in 1966 and was a surprise hit. The band members—Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones—became teen sensations and began to perform before live audiences.
Monkees-themed toys, clothing, lunchboxes and dolls were designed, and the revenue poured in.
By 1968 the phenomenon was drawing to a close. It was revealed the group had been manufactured, and the resulting publicity was resoundingly negative. After filming its final project, a movie called “Head,” the band separated.
“Making the Monkees” is a DoubleBand Film production for Smithsonian Networks and Channel Four. Michael Hewig is the executive producer for DoubleBand. Joy Galane is executive producer for Smithsonian Networks. Roger Rose narrates.
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Dec 17, 2008 • Post A Comment