Hey, Hey They're The Monkees!


Here They Come...
Back in the 1960s, NBC, in an effort to capitalize on the success of The Beatles, came up with the idea of a TV show about a rock band called The Monkees.

But The Monkees weren't just copycats. Their I'm a Believer was the top charting single in 1967 and, that year, the TV band sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

Lip Service
Everyone knows that the network, at least at first, didn't want the actors to play their own instruments but it looks like producers weren't sure if they trusted the vocal talent of the cast either.

Here's an early take of the TV shows opening with Micky, Mike, Davy and Peter lip syncing their way through the intro while other singers and musicians did all the heavy lifting.

The Finished Product
When NBC let the group get in front of the microphones, they cranked out a far more lively version of the theme, don't you think?

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