Listen to the Band: THE MONKEES

Australian singles chart:
Listen to the Band entered the Kent singles charts on 26 July 1969 and peaked at #8. The song was #65 on the Top 100 of 1969.

Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith

Written by Michael Nesmith, Listen to the Band was the first time Nesmith sang lead vocals on a Monkees single A-side.
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The group was created for a NBC television show. 437 young men auditioned for the roles – mostly struggling musicians and actors. Steven Stills and John Sebastian both auditioned and were turned down for roles on the show.
58 episodes were made. It lasted two seasons and aired from 1966-1968. The idea for the fictional group came from the 1965 Beatles’ movie A Hard Day’s Night.
At first, the group did not play their own instruments – their vocals were recorded over tracks recorded by a group of session musicians who played on many hits from the ’60s. The turning point came in 1967 when they insisted on playing their own material and getting producer credit as well.
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