The Night a Monkee Upstaged the Beatles

beatles with ed sullivan

Sunday, February 9, 1964

Television changed that night and hasn't been the same since. That night an estimated 73 million people tuned in to see the Ed Sullivan show, the largest TV audience to date.

Those viewers saw the television debut of a British singing act that would go on to be one of the biggest singing sensations of all time.

That act was...Davy Jones!

Davy Jones?!

davy jones

Yes, two years before the Monkees caught The Last Train to Clarksville, Davy Jones originated the role of Artful Dodger in the Broadway Musical Oliver, and earned a Tony nomination in the process.

On February 9, 1964, Davy and other members of the cast performed one of the songs from the play on the Ed Sullivan Show. Davy was, in a strange way, the warm up act for the Beatles that night. quotes Jones:

I was on The Ed Sullivan Show the same night as The Beatles ... I saw all the screaming girls and I thought, I want a piece of this action. I like screaming girls.

Hey, Hey We're the Monkees
In 1966, NBC debuted The Monkees television show as what many thought was essentially a low rent version of the Fab Four to capitalize on the mania of the 1960's British invasion.

But the four guys they picked were more talented than anyone had imagined. Though they were initially pressured by network execs to front for studio musicians, Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork were persistent about making their own music.

Richer than Paul McCartney
By the way it was reported in 1997 that rock star Davy Jones' net worth -- at nearly $1 billion -- had surpassed that of Beatle Paul McCartney.

Davy Jones?!
No, not that Davy Jones.

Early in his career, David Jones, who most of us know as David Bowie, had to take on a stage name so as not to be confused with the -- at-that-time more popular -- Monkee.


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(Pete) Best of the Beatles

The Bleeping Truth