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.
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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
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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!