On August 16th, 1966, ‘The Monkees’ released their first single, ‘Last Train to Clarksville.’ At the time, critics called the band ‘The Pre-Fab Four.’ Can you name any of ‘The Monkees’?
In one of their performances for the song, ‘The Monkees’ wear matching red shirts and khaki pants. They bop around while singing and playing. Their energy is superb.
‘The Monkees’ sing the popular lyrics, ‘Take the last train to Clarksville, and I’ll meet you at the station. You can be here by 4:30, ’cause I’ve made your reservation. Don’t be slow, oh, no, no, no.’
The song was released as a debut single and later on their self-titled album. The lead vocal was performed by the drummer, Micky Dolenz. It was a staple feature in the band’s TV series.
‘The Monkees’ were created to be a music group with a TV comedy series attached to them. The band scored multiple hit singles and albums over their short time together.
Their other hits include ‘I’m a Believer’ and ‘Daydream Believer.’ Their TV show helped them sell over 75 million records, making them one of the biggest groups of the ’60s.
Although their career together didn’t last long, ‘The Monkees’ made a memorable impact on music and TV history. Their fun-loving, energetic music and TV show created a unique group in music history.