Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy Birthday To Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones of The Monkees

Wednesday Dec. 30th marks the birthdays of both Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones of the Monkees (they turn 67 and 64, respectively). As some of you may know, the Monkees' 4th album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd. got its name from the astrological sign of each band member. Since Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Capricorn, Ltd. would have been redundant, they tacked on Jones' name at the end.

In regards to the Monkees' music, one thing I have come to appreciate about it is its stylistic diversity. Although they share the same birthday, the musical interests of Mike and Davy couldn't have been more different. Monkee tunes sung by Nesmith were usually in the country-rock vein (before the term was even coined), while the ones fronted by Davy were more pop oriented (with an occasional vaudevillian/show tune feel to them).

Below are clips of two of my favorite Monkee tunes with lead vocals by either Mike or Davy. If you are a Monkee fan, feel free to share some of your favorite Monkee songs sung by Mike or Davy.

2 comments:

Penny said...

sigh!
I had such a crush on Davey!

I wrote him and have an autographed pic and I also have a Monkees lunchbox

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

I never knew they had the same birthday!

I used to love watching the Monkees during summer holidays from school!

And there's a really cool episode of the New Scooby Doo Movies which guest stars Davy Jones!