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Michael Nesmith rose to fame as a member of the Monkees, a made-for-television group that turned into a real rock success story.
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He added another title to his credit in the 1990s: author. Nesmith published his first novel, The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora, in 1998.
In recent years, Nesmith has largely stayed out of the public eye. He lives a quiet life, reportedly in Carmel, California. Nesmith hasn't abandoned his great passion, however. He continues to work on his own music and with other musicians. Nesmith recently produced a track for Carolyn Wonderland's album Peace Meal.
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In 1965, over 400 people responded to an ad seeking young men for a new television show about a rock group called The Monkees. The Monkees, starring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork premiered on September 12, 1966, and audiences adored the humorous antics of the band. Though made for TV, The Monkees had real-life hits and struggled against their "Pre-Fab Four" image. Some of their best-loved and number one hits included Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer" and "Last Train to Clarksville." More successful singles followed, including another Neil Diamond song, "Little Bit Me, Little Bit You," Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Pleasant Valley Sunday", and "Daydream Believer" by John Stewart of the Kingston Trio.
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