The Monkees main problem early in their career was they were a fictitious band who produced real music.
Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, and Davy Jones answered an ad, along with over 400 other musicians, to star in a television series about a rock band, and so the Monkees were born.
The four band members spent all their time filming, so studio musicians played most of the instruments on their first two albums. Glen Campbell, Leon Russell, and Hal Blaine were just some of the musicians who played on their early recordings.
Real or not, “The Last Train To Clarksville” shot to the top of the charts, where it spent the week of November 5, 1966, as the number one song in the United States.
Controversy would continues but the show became a hit and the for next two years, sales of their singles and albums would rival that of the Beatles.