Columbia Televison had an idea of creating a TV series about a rock group and 400 musicians answered the casting call. Selected were singer Davy Jones, drummer Mickey Dolenz, guitarist Mike Nesmith, and bassist Peter Tork.
The TV series last 1966-1968 and was immensely popular for a time. The Monkees would sell millions of albums and 45’s with their light pop/rock sound.
Their first single would launch the group in style. “Last Train To Clarksville” would stay on the singles chart for fifteen weeks and reach the number one position for a one week stay.
It was only the beginning for a short but extremely successful career.