My daughter found my old Monkees albums and has fallen in love with their music just as I did. Refresh my memory about the group's history. What are the members doing today?
—Becky V., Texas
The group The Monkees—Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, and Mike Nesmith—came together specifically for the television show. The series was inspired by the Beatles movie, A Hard Day's Night, in which the Fab Four played themselves, though in a wacky made-up storyline. Once chosen, the four actors and musicians were supplied with songs along with scripts. At first they sang but didn't play their instruments. Their first single, Last Train to Clarksville, was a huge hit, and eventually they did start playing their own instruments and even writing some of their own songs. The show ran from 1966 to 1968. When MTV ran a Monkees marathon, showing every episode back to back, interest in the group revived. Tork, Jones, and Dolenz toured together for a while, and Jones and Dolenz still tour occasionally as The Monkees. Nesmith continues to make music and also makes movies. Tork tours with his band, Shoe Suede Blues.