In 1966 I was at a difficult age. I was a little too young to have ridden the Beatles wave, but old enough that I knew I wasn’t a little kid anymore and wanting to connect with the rock `n roll world. When the Monkees hit the scene, they were just my speed. Like most of my girlfriends, I loved the pre-fab group (although at the age of 11, I didn’t really understand that part to begin with). Since most of my friends adored Davy, I resisted that tug and settled on Peter Tork. I knew he was the oldest Monkee, but he played a lovable goof who came off as the youngest, most vulnerable. I was a loyal Monkees fan until the band broke up 1969 (if you are a fan, you might protest this date, but I count the breakup as early `69 when Peter resigned.) I won’t go so far as to say that I went to Carleton because Peter has also attended, but it would be a lie to say I wasn’t aware!
I was sad to see that Michael Nesmith passed away on Friday. He was never my favorite but I did like the “twang” that was in the songs that he penned and sang. His signature wool cap came about when he wore it to the first audition for the tv show and one of the producers remembered it. It was also said that he was very calm at that audition, giving off an air of not caring whether he got a part or not. He carried that aloofness with him throughout his Monkees’ career; there were a few times that he did not appear with the group in later reunion gigs, although he had just finished on a tour a few weeks before his death. He wrote many of their songs; my favorite is probably “You May Just Be the One”:
In a side note, I found out many years later that his mother was the inventor of Liquid Paper. In this day and age of the computer and word processing software you might not know what Liquid Paper is, but if you were a secretary or typist during the 70s and 80s, you certainly do. It was a lifesaver back then.
With Michael’s death, there is only one Monkee left – Mickey Dolenz. Davy passed away in 2012 and my Peter passed away almost 3 years ago now. I know that their music is now considered a little on the bubblegum pop spectrum, but they are still my first love. I got out all their CDs and played them over the weekend.
Did you have any hero worship when you were younger?