October 2, 2022
Mike Nesmith Of The Monkees

Michael Nesmith, Monkees singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies at 78

The Monkees singer-songwriter and guitarist Michael Nesmith died on Friday morning from pure causes. He was 78 years outdated.

“With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” his household stated in a press release obtained by EW. “We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light that all of you have shown him and us.”

Mike Nesmith of The Monkees.

Born in Houston, Texas, Nesmith auditioned to affix the Monkees — a band put collectively by TV producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider with the thought of doing a TV sequence concerning the adventures of a pop group — in 1965. Nesmith snagged a spot within the group alongside Mikey Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork as actors on the TV sequence, in addition to offering vocals on the songs. Nesmith contributed some songs he’d written with producers to the combo of bops the band would carry out.

Over time, Nesmith amassed extra songwriting credit than all the opposite members mixed and wrote most of the band’s most well-known songs together with, “Mary, Mary,” “Circle Sky,” “Listen to the Band,” and “The Girl I Knew Somewhere.”

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The Monkees tv sequence aired on NBC in 1966, the identical yr the band scored No. 1 hits with “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.” By the point their third album, 1967’s Headquarters, rolled round, the band had grown uninterested in criticism that they did not write and carry out their very own music, in order that they insisted on co-writing the songs and enjoying their very own devices on the challenge.

In 1968, Nesmith recorded his first solo album, Wichita Prepare Whistle Songs. Nesmith departed the Monkees in 1969 and began his personal group, the First Nationwide Band. The group launched two albums in 1970: Magnetic South and Free Salute. Nesmith performed reunion live shows with the Monkees and the First Nationwide Band through the years, at the same time as just lately as 2021 when he teamed up with the Monkees for a sequence of reunion excursions. In 2016, the band launched the album Good Occasions! to optimistic evaluations and went on a farewell tour in 2021, with their remaining present happening in November at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

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The band’s supervisor, Andrew Sandoval, additionally shared a heartfelt tribute to the singer on Facebook.

“It is with deep sadness that I mark the passing of Michael Nesmith,” he wrote. “We shared many travels and projects together over the course of 30 years, which culminated in a Monkees farewell tour that wrapped up only a few weeks ago.”

He continued, “That tour was a true blessing for so many. And in the end I know that Michael was at peace with his legacy which included songwriting, producing, acting, direction and so many innovative ideas and concepts. I am positive the brilliance he captured will resonate and offer the love and light towards which he always moved.”

“Nez expressed the highest part of his being through his voice. And you could get no closer to him then through knowing his work. May all those who loved him feel his comfort at this time — just listen and he will be there for you.”

Nesmith was additionally an enormous and early proponent of the music video, creating the primary televised music video program PopClips, which aired on Nickelodeon. In 1980, after inheriting a considerable sum from his mom — Bette Nesmith Graham, inventor of Liquid Paper — he invested the cash in a number of enterprise ventures, together with house video firm Pacific Arts, producing motion pictures like Repo Man and Tapeheads.

Mike Nesmith of The Monkees. | Credit score: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Photographs

The singer/songwriter was hospitalized in 2018, identified with congestive coronary heart failure, and underwent quadruple bypass coronary heart surgical procedure. He was compelled to postpone a tour together with his Monkees bandmate Micky Dolenz consequently.

Dolenz is now the one dwelling member of the Monkees as Jones died in 2012 and Tork died in 2019.