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Okay, so we heard this song again and suddenly got really, really excited – who doesn’t love The Monkees? Sure, they were a fictitious made-for-tv band, but when they weren’t making us laugh they were releasing some of the most underrated music in rock and roll. Written in 1966 by songwriting duo Boyce + Hart, The Monkees’ debut smash hit ‘Last Train To Clarksville’ was the first glimpse we ever got of the tv band considered America’s answer to The Beatles; it was loud, it was jangly – and we loved it! It raced to the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, and with a string of other #1 hits helped The Monkees eventually outsell both The Rolling Stones and The Beatles at the height of their career just one year later.
Fun Fact: Originally a made-for-tv band, The Monkees didn’t become a full-fledged band in their own right until 1967, when they began writing and recording their own material.
Though they didn’t actually begin writing and recording their own material as a legitimate band until 1967, songs like ‘Last Train To Clarksville’ did a great job of making The Monkees both a household name and a force to be reckoned with. The Monkees may have begun their career as four actors hired to play a fake band, but by the end of their career they left the music scene as one of the biggest bands on the planet. Not too bad for a made-for-tv band, huh?