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The Monkees Net Worth

The Monkees Net Worth is
$1.7 Million

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The Monkees are an American-British 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 [who played the alien officer Spock in Star Trek] 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.
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ProfessionSoundtrack, Music Department
#Fact
1Producer Chip Douglas voiced his disappointment later that, with so much media coverage coming from the admission that the Monkees hadn't played on their first two albums, there wasn't similar coverage when "Headquarters" and "Pisces" were released, noting that they had played.
2Michael Nesmith, already a published songwriter, was interested in writing for the Monkees, even before he tried out for a role, expecting that a hit show was bound to generate some healthy writers' royalties. He objected most strongly to the vocals-only policy imposed on the group, and Don Kirshner hoped that granting Nesmith two songs per album (which he was allowed to write and produce, but still not play on) would generate enough royalty money to appease him. Screen Gems also bought Nesmith's earlier songs from their publishers, so he could record them for the Monkees, and teamed him with more-experienced writers for new material. Nesmith wasn't satisfied, though, and when Kirshner refused to consider giving him even a B-side for an upcoming single (on top of not letting Nesmith play on his own records), Nesmith lost patience. (Kirshner chose who would write both sides of the singles, and preferred to use writers from his New York stable, saving the B-sides of potential hits as a kind of bonus for them.)
3Micky Dolenz wrote his first song "Randy Scouse Git" (which closes the "Headquarters" album) about the things he'd seen and heard on his first visit to England. The title was a phrase he'd heard on the BBC television show Till Death Us Do Part (1965), the "girl in yellow dress" was Juke Box Jury (1959) panellist Samantha Juste (whom he later married), and the "four kings of EMI" were the Beatles (who recorded for EMI), who'd given a party for the Monkees. When "Headquarters" was due to be released in England, a controversy happened over the song's title (which was actually rude slang for a sex-driven no-account from Liverpool), and the song was nearly replaced on the album. Since "randy Scouse get" didn't appear in the lyrics, RCA Victor (the Monkees' record label in England) offered to accept an alternate title for the song - which Dolenz promptly retitled "Alternate Title" for the UK. Media coverage had produced so much interest in the song that a single was also issued in England.
4Peter Tork noticed much about his Monkees audition was unusual or comical, so he joined the antics by walking into a wall when coming through a door. This got him noticed by the show's producers, but also led to his getting cast as the "dummy" of the group. Anyone who knew Peter (or listened to him for more than a minute) knew he was far from it, and the Monkees parodied the typecasting during their second season, and in the movie "Head". Tork was also the most musically versatile member, playing a dozen or more instruments.
5Though he often called himself the "World's Greatest Tambourine Player", Davy Jones did learn the basics of rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums during the Monkees' heyday, and sometimes took over for Micky or Peter onstage, freeing Micky to perform at stage front, or Peter to play keyboards or another instrument. (It also helped Davy write songs for the group.) Gretsch presented Jones with a custom-made 3/4-scale bass guitar.
6One of the Monkees' concerns as their fame loomed was comparisons to The Beatles, and they knew the Beatles' first two movies were directly responsible for the look and sound of their show - and their first records. When the Monkees visited England in early 1967, they'd been playing their own concerts for a few months, and were preparing to record "Headquarters" by themselves, and were pleasantly surprised to find that the Beatles not only loved and praised their television show, but accepted them as pop-star peers. The Monkees each stayed at a Beatle's house (Mike with John, Micky with Paul, Peter with George, and Davy with Ringo), and attended some of the "Sergeant Pepper" sessions. Later that year, Beatles manager Brian Epstein sponsored them for three days of concerts at Wembley - the only live shows the Monkees gave in England, during the 1960s. (Touring America that summer, the Monkees played "Sergeant Pepper" almost constantly in their chartered jet.) Michael Nesmith thanks the Beatles on the Monkees' behalf, in the "Monkees on Tour" episode of the series.
7The only limitation on the Monkees' choice of music was that songs had to be owned or published by Screen Gems. Since this included both the Brill Building team and up-and-coming songwriters from around the country (like David Gates and Harry Nilsson), who made the Monkees top priority, it wasn't much of a limitation. The foursome had first crack at a wealth of great material, and never had to record a song they truly disliked. (The Screen Gems-only rule was finally lifted in 1969, when Davy Jones recorded Paul Williams's "Someday Man", written with Roger Nichols.)
8Michael Nesmith wrote "Daily Nightly" (which appeared on the "Pisces" album) in reaction to the 1966 Sunset Strip curfew riot in Hollywood. Micky Dolenz sang, and played his new Moog synthesizer on the recording, becoming the first artist (and making the Monkees the first group) to include a synthesizer on a rock record. (A video of the song appears at the end of two second-season episodes of the show, in rare black-and-white.)
9Members: Michael Nesmith, lead guitar and vocals; Davy Jones, vocals, percussion and guitar; Peter Tork, bass guitar, keyboards and vocals; Micky Dolenz, vocals, guitar and drums.
10Originated as merely the fictional rock group from the television series (The Monkees (1966))of the same name, but emerged as a genuine band, partly from public demand they make good on their theme song and "come to your town" to play, and partly to silence music critics - and also other groups, who were jealous of what appeared to be undeserved "overnight" stardom.
11Nesmith, Tork and Dolenz were all experienced musicians before the Monkees; each had fronted or performed with bands, playing guitar and singing. None had played together before, though, and Dolenz was completely new to drums. (In preproduction for the show, Jones nearly disappeared behind a drum kit, and neither Nesmith nor Tork wanted to give up their guitars. Dolenz reluctantly volunteered, resolving to at least act like a drummer, until he could do the job.)
12Early studio tryouts weren't considered good enough to release, and with both heavy filming and appearance (mostly as comedians, not as musicians) schedules looming ahead, the show's producers decided the musical side of the project might best be handled by experts. Thus Don Kirshner and his writing and production teams were brought in, making the first batches of Monkees recordings with session players, and the four Monkees only singing.
13With the dual demands that they perform in public, and prove themselves as recording artists, the stars of the TV show began rehearsing nights and weekends. Gradually they could carry out a full set of songs, well enough for a Sixties pop concert, and began demanding a second chance to play on their own records. (It was never the Monkees' intention to fully replace the Kirshner-headed team of musicians and producers; they simply wanted a role in the recordings that would satisfy them, and their fans and critics.) Nesmith also wanted a share of the Monkees singles; knowing that royalties for B-sides were paid the same as A-sides, he reasoned even the B-side of a single would be worth something. (As did his competing writers and producers, and their boss.)
14Performers on early Monkees recordings included Glen Campbell (lead guitar on "Mary, Mary"), Hal Blaine (drums), Carole King (keyboards, backing vocals), Louie Shelton (lead guitar), Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals), Neil Diamond (backing vocals). Michael Nesmith was allowed to write and produce two songs per album, but wasn't allowed to play - and his songs weren't used on singles, even as the B-side.

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Where the Action Is1966TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life2016TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Aquarius2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Between You and Me2015/Iperformer: "Daydream Believer"
Mike & Mike2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2013TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Waterloo Road2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mad Men2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy2013TV Movie documentary performer: "Daydream Believer" - uncredited
The Joy of the Single2012TV Movie documentary performer: "Theme from The Monkees" - uncredited
Breaking Bad2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jack and Jill2011/Iperformer: "I'm a Believer"
Being Erica2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Straw Dogs2011performer: "Goin' Down"
Poppies2011Video performer: "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"
Paul Williams Still Alive2011Documentary performer: "Someday Man"
20 to 12010-2011TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero2011Documentary performer: "Last Train to Clarksville"
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Destination Truth2010TV Series performer - 2 episodes
SpongeBob SquarePants2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Banda sonora2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wrecking Crew!2008Documentary performer: "Mary Mary"
Family Guy2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
I'm Not There.2007performer: " I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Cold Case2006TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Alien Autopsy2006performer: "I'm a Believer"
Mini-Cleaners2005Short performer: "Daydream Believer"
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003Documentary performer: "Daydream Believer"
Monkey Dust2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Oz2002TV Series 1 episode
Vanilla Sky2001performer: "Porpoise Song Theme from "Head"" 1968
The Oblongs2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Things Behind the Sun2001performer: "The Girl I Knew Somewhere"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentary performer: "Theme From 'The Monkees'", "Porpoise Song"
Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story2000TV Movie performer: "Theme", "Last Train To Clarksville", "I Wanna Be Free", "I'm A Believer", " I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone", "All Of Your Toys", "Daydream Believer"
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me1999performer: "I'm A Believer"
Daydream Believer1998Short performer: "I'm a Believer", "Papa Gene's Blues", "Theme from The Monkees"
South Park1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Digging to China1997performer: "Last Train to Clarksville"
Plump Fiction1997performer: "Theme From The Monkees"
Where the Heart Is1997TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees1997TV Movie performer: "Theme", "You And I", "Circle Sky", "Regional Girl", "Last Train to Clarksville", "I'm a Believer", "Daydream Believer", " I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees1997TV Movie documentary performer: "Theme", "Listen to the band", "Mary, Mary", "Last Train to clarksville", " I'm not your Steppin' stone", "I'm a believer", "No Time", " What Am I Doin' Hangin' Round?", "Randy Scouse Git", "Circle Sky", "Daydream believer", "For Pete's Sake"
A Very Brady Sequel1996performer: "Last Train To Clarksville"
TFI Friday1996TV Series performer - 1 episode
Boy Meets World1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
Now and Then1995performer: "Daydream Believer"
The Joy Luck Club1993performer: "The Monkees' Theme"
The Wonder Years1988-1990TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Die xue jie tou1990performer: "I'm a Believer"
Heart and Soul1988Documentary short performer: "Theme", "Heart and Soul", "Last Train To Clarksville", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Every Step of the Way"
Crime Story1987TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Whoopee Boys1986performer: "THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW"
After Hours1985performer: "Last Train to Clarksville"
Shampoo1975performer: "I'm a Believer" 1966 - uncredited
A Walk in the Spring Rain1970performer: "What Am I Doing Hangin Round?"
The Johnny Cash Show1969TV Series performer - 1 episode
Age of Consent1969performer: "Daydream Believer" - uncredited
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee1969TV Movie performer: "Theme", "Wind Up Man", "Darwin's Song", "I Go Ape", "At The Hop", "Shake A Tailfeather", "Little Darlin", "Listen To The Band"
Head1968performer: "Porpoise Song", "Ditty Diego" uncredited, "Circle Sky", "Can You Dig It", "As We Go Along", "Daddy's Song", "Happy Birthday to You" 1893 uncredited, "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again"
No More Excuses1968performer: "This Just Doesn't Seem to Be My Day", "Theme From The Monkees"
The MonkeesTV Series performer - 58 episodes, 1966 - 1968 producer - 2 episodes, 1968

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
AXSTV Concerts: Hosted by Mark Cuban2015TV Series

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee1969TV Movie music supervisor

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Restaurant Dogs1994Short special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning America1986-2016TV SeriesThemselves / Themselves - Musical Guests
CBS News Sunday Morning2016TV SeriesThemselves
The One Show2011TV SeriesThemselves - Guests
Biography2007TV Series documentaryThemselves
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-2001TV SeriesThemselves - Musical Guest / Themselves
The Early Show2001TV SeriesThemselves
Live with Kelly and Michael2001TV SeriesThemselves
Entertainment Tonight1986-2001TV SeriesThemselves
Behind the Music2000TV Series documentaryThemselves
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryThemselves
Today1966-1997TV SeriesThemselves
Access Hollywood1997TV SeriesThemselves
The Big Breakfast1997TV SeriesThemselves
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees1997TV Movie documentaryThemselves
Noel's House Party1997TV SeriesThemselves
Breakfast News1997TV SeriesThemselves
This Morning1997TV SeriesThemselves
Showbiz Today1986-1996TV SeriesThemselves
Hey Hey We're the Monkees1996Video GameThemselves
Miss Teen USA Pageant1996TV SpecialThemselves
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesThemselves
Midday1989TV Series documentaryThemselves
Nashville Now1989TV SeriesThemselves
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesThemselves
A.M. Los Angeles1989TV SeriesThemselves
Good Morning Britain1989TV SeriesThemselves
Aspel & Company1989TV SeriesThemselves
Midday1988TV SeriesThemselves
Saturday Morning Live1988TV SeriesThemselves
The Factory1988TV SeriesThemselves
Heart and Soul1988Documentary shortThemselves
Sally Jessy Raphael1987TV SeriesThemselves
The Morning Program1987TV SeriesThemselves
The 14th Annual American Music Awards1987TV SpecialThemselves
Solid Gold1986TV SeriesThemselves
MTV Video Music Awards 19861986TV SpecialThemselves
Laugh-In1969TV SeriesThemselves
The Johnny Cash Show1969TV SeriesThemselves - Singers
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969TV SeriesThemselves
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesThemselves
It's Happening1969TV SeriesThemselves
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour1969TV SeriesThemselves
The Hollywood Squares1968TV SeriesThemselves
Top of the Pops1967TV SeriesThemselves
The 19th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1967TV SpecialThemselves
Tienerklanken1967TV Series
New American Bandstand 19651966TV SeriesThemselves

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Das Phänomen Boygroups2014TV Movie documentaryThemselves
My Music: '65-'67 Rock Rewind2014TV Movie documentaryThemselves
The Wrecking Crew!2008DocumentaryThemselves
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryThemselves
Humanzee: The Human Chimp2003TV Movie documentaryThemselves
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song2001TV Series documentaryThemselves
Hide and Seek1997TV MovieThemselves
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryThemselves

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1989Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 10 July 1989 at 6675 Hollywood Blvd. to Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork.

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1988Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Vocalist

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