“Last Train to Clarksville” Performed by The Monkees (1966 )

September 10, 2011


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If you are a boomer and grew up on the wonderful  prime time sitcoms of the Fifties and Sixties, as I did, then you no doubt watched The Monkees sitcom.  This group was a TV creation to capitalize on the youth obsession with The Beatles at that time.

This particular track was released before the the sitcom even aired, and as their first ever single it topped the pop charts at number one — giving the TV show a built in audience for the premiere airing.

Of course all females had a favorite Monkee just as they had a favorite Beatle. ;-) Musical theater star Davy Jones was the break-out star of the TV show, but this particular hit tune featured Mickey Dolenz on lead vocals.

Mickey had prior TV prior acting experience like Jones did: he starred in a Fifties TV show entitled “Circus Boy.”

Musicians Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith rounded out what was know as the “pre-fab four” of the Sixties.

Formed in 1965 for the TV show, The Monkees officially disbanded in 1969.

Musically Yours,

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