It was back in September of 1966 when the world first met Davy, Mike, Peter, and Micky. The Monkees was a popular music-based television show that brought joy during an uncertain time. The 1960s was a decade for creative expression to run wild, and these four did just that. What started out as a simple idea for primetime TV soon became a phenomenon. And even now, after two have passed, fans are watching for the exciting revival of the remaining two Monkees.
In February of 2012, the world said goodbye to Davy Jones who died of a heart attack at age 66. Because of his former “teen dream” status, many were affected by his death. People were reminded about why they loved the group in the first place. Surprisingly, the remaining members of the group seemed to feel the same.
So about four years later, in 2016, The Monkees came out with a new studio album. Instead of the nostalgia-filled pop numbers that people were expecting, they were all treated to an album that was much better than it needed to be.
Sadly, on February 21, 2019, Peter Tork passed away in his Connecticut home at the age of 77. He had announced that he was battling adenoid cystic carcinoma back in 2009. It is a rare form of head and neck cancer that slowly spreads. Tork underwent surgeries and radiation therapy, but he lost his battle with the disease.
The Monkees released Good Times to eager fans on May 27, 2016. The year of the release date went along with the 50th anniversary of the show’s premiere. It was clearly a treasured project. The song, “Love to Love” featured the vocals of Davy Jones, which they originally recorded in 1967, but never used until then.
With the likes of Neil Diamond, Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, and Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie, this star-studded album pulled out all the stops. It even reached number 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200. For an album that many thought would never exist, they gave everyone one more taste as to why they are so beloved.
During the 2018 holiday season, fans were treated to yet another album with new material. Christmas Party was full of classic Christmas tunes as well as new recordings. The Monkees once again made sure to include Davy Jones on a few tracks to show that, in their hearts, they will always be a quartet.
The blend of old and new with the fun spin that they are known for are what made this album a holiday favorite. In fact, the title song received regular play on many holiday radio stations.
The Remaining Two Monkees
Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith began a tour last year, but they had to cut short due to an illness on Nesmith’s part. However, that did nothing to hold the group back. Dates have been rescheduled for 2019 and ticket sales are high.
For a group that ran around in funny costumes in the late ’60s, they have come a long way. The last two Monkees are now legendary, seasoned professionals who want to make sure they get to stay on the elusive last train to Clarksville.