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Retro TV shows: Memories of the '60s and '70s

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Trip down memory lane: '60s & '70s TV

In the days before DVDs, before videotape -- heck, even before many of us had color TV -- plain ol' live television was a big deal. Here's a look at a few videos from some of the most memorable (if not truly the best) TV shows from the Gen Xers' childhood years.

The Monkees

Who could forget Davy, Micky, Peter and Mike? Yeah, yeah... they may be The Monkees, but only one Monkee boy actually appears on the recording of the theme song: Micky Dolenz on lead vocals. Later, other members of the made-for-TV band became more involved -- but at the start, it was very much a behind-the-scenes effort.

But that's not to say their success wasn't real. What started out with an ad in the Daily Variety ("Madness!! Auditions. Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series") led to new careers for four young men, a hit TV show... and sales of more than 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles.

"The Monkees" ran from 1966 to 1968, but those 58 episodes have lived on (and on and on) though the 70s and beyond in reruns.

Come take a look back at the opening credits for "The Monkees" here!

Theme from The Monkees: Lyrics

The Monkees Here we come
Walking down the street
We get the funniest looks from
Everyone we meet

Hey, hey we're the Monkees
and people say we monkey around
But we're too busy singin'
to put anybody down

We go wherever we want to
Do what we like to do
We don't have time to get restless
There's always something new

Hey, hey we're the Monkees
and people say we monkey around
But we're too busy singin'
to put anybody down

We're just trying to be friendly
Come watch us sing and play
We're the young generation
And we got something to say

Hey, hey we're the Monkees
You never know where we'll be found
So you'd better get ready
We may be comin' to your town

Hey, hey we're the Monkees
and people say we monkey around
But we're too busy singin'
to put anybody down

The Monkees: Daydream Believer

This was the The Monkees' biggest hit, sung by "the cute one" -- Davy Jones. Davy was just 22 years old (and at his full adult height of 5'3") when "Daydream Believer" hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart for four weeks in late 1967.

Here's Davy & The Monkees in the "Daydream Believer" video!


If you want a little bit of Monkee business in your life, you can get it! The Monkees: Season 1 DVD set comes in a cute box that looks like a mini-record player. (Other seasons are also available. Groovy!)

But wait! There's more!

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