This episode spotlights a rock and roll act composed of actors who were hired for a television series about a make-believe band. But they became real-life pop icons.

Their 45s and LPs sold millions, thanks to songs written just for them by some of the top songwriters of the late 1960s. And leading studio musicians were instrumental to their initial success because this group wasn’t allowed to play on their own songs. At least not at first. Then this foursome banded together as one to take control of its own destiny so the group could produce and play on its own platters.

Together they made memorable music, even while their personal differences about how to make music were driving them apart. And they had special connections with the Beatles, Frank Zappa, Annette Funicello, Paul Revere & RaidersTommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Neil Diamond, Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Jack Nicholson, John Stewart, and many other top stars and leading composers of the  late1960s.

Fifty years after its founding, this group still has a loyal world-wide following.

Hey, hey, they’re the Monkees. And we’re monkeying around with all their hit singles, choice album cuts, and their solo successes, too.

See the Monkees' complete hit singles discography on the "Musicology" page.

Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll