Michael Nesmith
musician, songwriter, actor
Michael Nesmith
Robert Michael Nesmith is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the musical group The Monkees and co-star of (1966-1968). Nesmith is notable as a songwriter, including "Different Drum" sung by Linda Ronstadt with the Stone Poneys, and as executive producer of the cult film Repo Man (1984). He also is credited with creating the genre of the music video.
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Michael Nesmith joining the Monkees' 50th anniversary stop in L.A.
LATimes - 6 months
The Los Angeles homecoming stop next month on the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour will include all three surviving members of the made-for-TV band, guitarist, singer and songwriter Michael Nesmith confirmed Friday. In a post to his Facebook followers that also strongly suggested it could be his...
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The Monkees' Michael Nesmith 'Thrilled' With New Album
ABC News - 9 months
The band released its first album in 20 years.
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Q&A: Filmmaker Alex Cox on 'Tombstone Rashomon,' 'Repo Man,' and 'Sid and Nancy'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When tallying the adjectives used to describe filmmaker Alex Cox, the term "maverick" is probably at the top of the list. This is an accurate word to describe him, given that his movies are about wily repo men on hot pursuit of a $20,000 reward for a possessed '64 Chevy Malibu that zaps to death the people who open its trunk, a love story of two punk junkies on their last legs, as well as a Spaghetti Western spoof high on surrealistic violence and short on tempers (and that's just his first three features). Collaborating with the likes of immortals Joe Strummer, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Elvis Costello, Cox was able to get more rock stars in a room than a gaggle of groupies. In late 1987, he directed Walker, a biopic of American soldier of fortune and filibuster William Walker, who invaded Mexico in the 1850s and made himself President of Nicaragua shortly thereafter. Cox threw in modern anachronisms (Walker appears on the covers of Newsweek and Time; Zippo lighters ignite; a Me ...
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Daydream Believers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
At the start of November 1966, The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with Last Train to Clarksville, the group's first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group's early recordings. Are we bothered? So, where did these four cheeky, floppy-haired wannabes come from? In September 1965, the Hollywood Reporter ran the following advertisement: "Madness folk and roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for four insane boys." The Monkees were born. These were the days when the seeds of Pop Idol and X Factor had yet to germinate in the mind of a five-year-old Simon Fuller. Englishman Davy Jones was a former jockey who had achieved some initial success on the musical stage (in 1964, Jones appeared with the cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show the night of the Beatles' live American debut). Texan Michael Nesmith had served a brief stin ...
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Concert Review: Michael Nesmith at The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, November 2, 2013
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Michael Nesmith provided a great night of superior music, camaraderie, and good feeling at The Variety Playhouse.
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Music previews for the week of August 14-20. WEDNESDAY 8/14 YEAH YEAH YEAHS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR (Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) See My, What a Busy Week! CLOUD CONTROL, ELLIS PINK, SWAHILI (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Cloud Control. INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW: THE ZAGS, DON'T, 302, THE LONESOMES, ANNY CELSI, CHRISTOPHER REYNE (Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Local power-pop up-and-comers the Zags have only been around since the beginning of the summer, but their lone recording, the can't-believe-it's-not-Squeeze "It's Over," has already earned them a considerable amount of buzz among this city's pop litterateurs. While it's difficult to write extensively about a band with such a limited output, it's easy to see the Zags' star-spangled trajectory: clocking in at just over two minutes (if you need any longer than that to make your point in the realm of pop music, you're doing it wron ...
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On the Road Again: The Monkees, after Davy
USA Today - over 3 years
Hey, hey, it's Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.
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Q&A: Michael Nesmith on His Recommitment to the Monkees
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
People have a lot of misconceptions about Michael Nesmith They think he resents being known as the Monkee in the green wool hat They think he's a recluse They think he had some sort of feud with Davy Jones and they think he retired from music a long long time...
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Michael Nesmith On World Cafe
NPR - over 3 years
Best known as the tall, hat-wearing Monkee, Nesmith discusses a few of his own popular songs. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Hey, hey, it's The Monkees -- with Michael Nesmith in fold
Chicago Times - over 4 years
For fans of The Monkees, the group's Chicago Theatre concert Friday will be both bittersweet and intriguing. The late Davy Jones is gone, and the long-absent Michael Nesmith returns.
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Monkees reunite after Davy Jones' death
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Monkees reunite after Davy Jones' death Less than a year after singer Davy Jones died from a heart attack, the surviving members of the Monkees - Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith - are on a reunion tour. What makes it noteworthy is that this 12-date U.S. tour is the group's first with Nesmith since 1969. Even though the made-for-TV band that once outsold the Beatles has come together over the years to record albums and mark various anniversaries, a history of acrimony has dogged it. After the last Monkee tour had been put together with Davy and Peter and I in 2010, we started talking about doing a "Headquarters" tour and getting Mike involved. When I spoke with Davy shortly before his death, I got the impression that there are some strong egos involved within the band. The creative tension is what makes groups successful. [...] it was one of the most successful tours we had done. Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chronicle's pop music critic.
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Monkees Singer Split on 'Breaking Bad' Using Band's Song
Big Hollywood - over 4 years
Even non-Monkees fans know classic tracks like "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday," the latter a near-perfect slice of '60s pop music. Those who watch AMC's "Breaking Bad" heard a lesser known Monkees song during a recent episode. Micky Dolenz, who sang lead on the bulk of the band's numbers, is split on his reaction to the television shout out to the jazzy "Goin' Down." "'Goin' Down' has nothing to do with drugs, obviously," he said, "and I certainly don't condone meth – that is nasty stuff that kills a lot of people and ruins a lot of lives... On the other hand, I like the TV show; it's very well-made." The song remains one of the band's sturdier efforts, showcasing Dolenz's vocal range as well as the band's ability to stretch beyond its plastic roots. The "Breaking Bad" episode marked the second time in recent memory that Hollywood saw fit to highlight the tune. Last year's remake of "Straw Dogs" also featured the song during the f ...
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Exclusive: Michael Nesmith Remembers Davy Jones
Rolling Stone - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-195290" href="/Michael+Nesmith+1">Michael Nesmith</a> (best known as the Monkee in the green wool hat) has largely stayed out of the limelight since the group split over forty years ago though he released a series of acclaimed country-rock albums in the early 1970s and helped lay the groundwork for MTV in the early...
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The Monkees Singer Davy Jones Has Died at 66
Beleb Dirty Laundry - almost 5 years
The lead singer Davy Jones of The Monkees – which also consists of original members Micky Dolenz, 66, and 70-year-old Peter Tork – passed away from a heart attack aged 66 earlier today (29.02.12), a representative confirmed to TMZ.com. An official from the medical examiner’s office for Martin County, Florida, told the website they received a phone call from the Martin Memorial Hospital informing them that Davy had died. Davy leaves behind four daughters, Talia Elizabeth, 43, and Sarah Lee, 40 from his marriage to Linda Haines, and Jessica Lillian, 30, and 23-year-old Annabel Charlotte from his marriage to Anita Pollinger. The pop icon – who was born in Manchester, North West England – married 33-year-old TV presenter Jessica Pacheo, who he met in 2006, in August 2009. In May 2011, the singer said he was having some of the happiest times he’s ever had in his life with Jessica. He explained: “We have love. We have friendship. She’s also aware of what I’ve done in music, and ...
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St. Lucie West Centennial 23, Fort Pierce Westwood 22: Eagles make 2-point ... - TCPalm
Google News - over 5 years
Centennial&#39;s Michael Nesmith had 93 yards on 19 carries, while Poma, a transfer from John Carroll, had 59 yards on 14 attempts. Westwood&#39;s Davidson passed for 120 yards. Junior Dominick Walker totaled 201 yards — 131 on three kickoff returns,
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Follow us online - The New Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
... is because Barack Obama once promised them — as Jon Huntsman does now — a return to a youth filled with reasonable politicians who agreed on everything, and everything was wonderful, and the Monkees were still together, damn you Michael Nesmith
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BWW Interviews: Hey Hey It's The Monkees' Davy Jones - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
The producers sensed instant chemistry among Jones and his future band mates Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith and he was quickly offered the role. The series ran from 1965 through 1971, with Jones singing lead vocals on many of the group&#39;s
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Lone star songstress performs in Vail Tuesday - Vail Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
She is still something of a newlywed, having married former Saturday Night Live regular A. Whitney Brown last March in a ceremony officiated by an unlikely parson, former Monkee Michael Nesmith. “We met on the set of Michael&#39;s Videoranch,” said
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Nesmith
  • 2016
    Despite not touring with Dolenz and Tork for The Monkees' 50th anniversary reunion in 2016, Nesmith contributed vocally and instrumentally to the Monkees album Good Times!
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  • 2015
    According to his May 2015 interview on Gilbert Gottfried's podcast, someone showed him a copy of the famous press advertisement asking for "four insane boys" so he applied for the job.
    More Details Hide Details Nesmith won his role largely by appearing blasé when he auditioned. He wore a wool hat to keep his hair out of his eyes, riding his motorcycle to the audition. Producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider remembered "Wool Hat", and called Nesmith back. Once he was cast, Screen Gems bought his songs so they could be used in the show. Many of the songs Nesmith wrote for The Monkees, such as "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," "Mary, Mary," and "Listen to the Band" became minor hits. One song he wrote, "You Just May Be the One," is in mixed meter, interspersing 5/4 bars into an otherwise 4/4 structure. The Gretsch guitar company built a one-off natural finish 12-string electric guitar for Nesmith when he was performing with The Monkees (Gretsch had a promotional deal with the group). He earlier played a customized Gretsch twelve-string, which had originally been a six-string model. Nesmith used this guitar for his appearances on the television series, as well as The Monkees' live appearances in 1966 and 1967. Beginning in 1968, Nesmith used a white 6-string Gibson SG for his live appearances with The Monkees. He would use that guitar in their motion picture Head for the live version of "Circle Sky," and also for the final original Monkees tour in 1969 with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz. In a post on his Facebook page in 2011, Nesmith reported that both guitars were stolen in the early 1970s.
  • 2014
    In 2014, he guest-starred in Season 4, Episode 9 of the IFC comedy series "Portlandia" in the fictitious role of the father of the Mayor of Portland, Oregon.
    More Details Hide Details Nesmith had a cameo appearance as a taxi driver in the Whoopi Goldberg film Burglar. Nesmith had cameo appearances in his own films including Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (Race Official), Repo Man (Rabbi), and Tapeheads (Water Man). In a promotional video to support Pacific Arts' video release of Tapeheads, Nesmith was introduced with a voice-over making fun of his Monkees persona. The narration teases Nesmith, who approaches the camera to speak, poking fun at his "missing hat." An opportunistic lookalike from the U.S. cashed in on his similarity to Nesmith by appearing on talk shows and doing interviews in Australia during the 1980s. The scam was successful, the lookalike being far enough from America to avoid detection as a fraud (which is less likely in the U.S., where the real Nesmith has made many media and show-business acquaintances). An entertaining interviewee, the impersonator's charade was not discovered until after he had vanished from the public eye. The imposter, Barry Faulkner, who had pulled various fraudulent scams for 40 years, was finally apprehended and sent to jail in 2009.
  • 2012
    In 2012, Nesmith briefly toured Europe prior to re-joining The Monkees for their tours of the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Intermixing the Monkees concerts, Nesmith also launched solo tours of the U.S. Unlike his 1992 U.S. tour, which predominantly featured music from his RCA recordings, Nesmith stated his 2013 tour featured songs that he considers "thematic, chronological and most often requested by fans". Chris Scruggs, grandson of Earl Scruggs, replaced the late Red Rhodes on the steel guitar. The tour was captured on a forthcoming live album, Movies Of The Mind.
  • 2011
    Whitney Brown on March 4, 2011, in a ceremony officiated by Nesmith.
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    In 2011, Nesmith returned to producing, working with blues singer/guitarist Carolyn Wonderland.
    More Details Hide Details Nesmith produced Wonderland's version of Robert Johnson's "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" on her album Peace Meal. Wonderland married writer-comedian A.
  • 2009
    Nesmith's second novel The America Gene was released in July 2009 as an online download from Videoranch.com.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1980s, Nesmith teamed up with satirist P.J. O'Rourke to ride his vehicle Timerider in the annual Baja 1000 off-road race. This is chronicled in O'Rourke's 2009 book Driving Like Crazy. During the 1990s, Nesmith, as Trustee and President of the Gihon foundation, hosted the Council on Ideas, a gathering of intellectuals from different fields who were asked to identify the most important issues of their day and publish the result. The Gihon ceased the program in 2000 and started a new Program for the Performing Arts. Nesmith also spent a decade as a board of trustees member, nominating member and vice-chair of the American Film Institute. In 1992, Nesmith undertook a concert tour of North America to promote the CD release of his RCA solo albums (although he included the song "Rio", from the album From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing). The concert tour ended at the Britt Festival in Oregon. A video and CD, both entitled Live at the Britt Festival were released capturing the 1992 concert.
    He performed live inside Videoranch 3D on May 25, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Nesmith was the executive producer for the films Repo Man, Tapeheads, and Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, as well as his own solo recording and film projects. In 1998, Nesmith published his first novel, The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora. It was developed originally as an online project and was later published as a hard cover book by St Martin's Press.
  • 1999
    On February 3, 1999, a jury awarded Nesmith and his company Pacific Arts $48.875 million in compensatory and punitive damages, prompting his widely quoted comment, "It's like finding your grandmother stealing your stereo.
    More Details Hide Details You're happy to get your stereo back, but it's sad to find out your grandmother is a thief." PBS appealed the ruling, but the appeal never reached court and a settlement was reached, with the amount paid to Pacific Arts and Nesmith results kept confidential. Nesmith's current Pacific Arts project is Videoranch 3D, a virtual environment on the internet that hosts live performances at various virtual venues inside the Ranch.
  • 1995
    Nesmith said he would be interested only if noted pedal steel player Orville "Red" Rhodes was part of the project; Nesmith's musical partnership with Rhodes continued until Rhodes's death in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details The new band was christened Michael Nesmith and the First National Band and went on to record three albums for RCA Records in 1970. Nesmith has been considered one of the pioneers of country rock. He also had moderate commercial success with the First National Band. Their second single, "Joanne," hit No. 21 on the Billboard chart and No. 17 on Cashbox, with the follow-up "Silver Moon" making No. 42 Billboard and No. 28 Cashbox. Two more singles charted ("Nevada Fighter" made No. 70 Billboard/No. 73 Cashbox, and "Propinquity" reached No. 95 Cashbox), and the first two LPs charted in the lower regions of the Billboard album chart. No clear answer has ever been given for the band's breakup. Nesmith followed up with The Second National Band, a band that, besides Nesmith, consisted of Michael Cohen (keyboards and Moog), Johnny Meeks (bass), jazzer Jack Ranelli (drums), and Orville Rhodes (pedal steel), as well as an appearance by singer, musician, and songwriter José Feliciano on congas. The album, Tantamount to Treason Vol. 1, was a commercial and critical disaster. Nesmith then recorded And the Hits Just Keep on Comin', featuring only him on guitar and Red Rhodes on pedal steel.
    In 1995, Nesmith was again reunited with the Monkees to record their studio album (and first to feature all four since Head), entitled Justus, released in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He also wrote and directed a Monkees television special entitled Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees. To support the reunion, Nesmith, Jones, Dolenz, and Tork briefly toured the UK in 1997. The UK tour was the last appearance of all four Monkees performing together. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, after Jones' death, Nesmith reunited with Dolenz and Tork to perform concerts throughout the United States. Backed with a 7-piece band that included Nesmith's son, Christian, the trio performed 27 songs from The Monkees discography ("Daydream Believer" was sung by the audience and played by the band). When asked why he had decided to return to the Monkees, Nesmith stated, "I never really left. It is a part of my youth that is always active in my thoughts and part of my overall work as an artist. It stays in a special place."
  • 1989
    Nesmith appeared again in 1989 with Dolenz, Tork, and Jones when the Monkees received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.
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  • 1988
    In 1988, following the ending of this second marriage, he returned to Los Angeles where he met Victoria Kennedy. They moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1992 and then returned to Carmel, California, in 2000. They were married in April 2000 in Monterey, California. They separated in 2011 and Kennedy filed for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details After a tour of duty in the Air Force, Nesmith was given a guitar as a Christmas present from his mother and stepfather. Learning as he went, he played solo and in a series of working bands, performing folk, country, and occasionally rock and roll. His verse poems became the basis for song lyrics, and after moving to Los Angeles with Phyllis and friend John London, he signed a publishing deal for his songs. Nesmith's "Mary, Mary" was recorded by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, while "Different Drum" and "Some of Shelly's Blues" were recorded by Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys. "Pretty Little Princess," written in 1965, was recorded by Frankie Laine and released as a single in 1968 on ABC Records. Later, "Some of Shelly's Blues" and "Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care)" were made popular by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their 1970 album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy.
  • 1987
    In a 1987 interview for Nick Rocks, Nesmith stated, "When Peter called up and said 'we're going to go out, do you want to go?' I was booked.
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  • 1986
    However, he did appear during an encore with the other three members at the Greek Theatre on September 7, 1986.
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  • 1982
    Nesmith won the first-ever Grammy Award given for (Long-form) Music-Video in 1982, for his hour-long Elephant Parts and also had a short-lived series on NBC inspired by the video called Michael Nesmith in Television Parts.
    More Details Hide Details Television Parts included many other artists who were unknown at the time but went on to become major stars in their own right. Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Whoopi Goldberg, and Arsenio Hall all became well-known artists after their appearances on Nesmith's show. The concept of the show was to have comics render their stand-up routines into short comedy films much like the ones in Elephant Parts. Nesmith assembled writers Jack Handey, William Martin, John Levenstein, and Michael Kaplan, along with directors William Dear (who had directed Elephant Parts) and Alan Myerson, as well as producer Ward Sylvester to create the show. The half-hour show ran for eight episodes in the summer of 1985 on NBC Thursday nights in prime time. Pacific Arts Video became a pioneer in the home video market, producing and distributing a wide variety of videotaped programs, although the company eventually ceased operations after an acrimonious contract dispute with PBS over home video licensing rights and payments for several series, including Ken Burns' The Civil War. The dispute escalated into a lawsuit that went to jury trial in Federal Court in Los Angeles.
  • 1981
    In 1981, Nesmith won the first Grammy Award given for Video of the Year for his hour-long television show, Elephant Parts.
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  • 1980
    In a 1980 interview with Playboy he said of that time, "I had to start telling little tales to the tax man while they were putting tags on the furniture."
    More Details Hide Details While Nesmith had continued to produce his compositions with the Monkees, he withheld many of the songs from the final Monkees albums, only to release them on his post-Monkees solo records. Nesmith did not participate in the Monkees' 20th anniversary reunion.
    He continued to feel the financial bite for years afterwards, until his inheritance from his mother's Liquid Paper fortune in 1980 eased those concerns.
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  • 1976
    In 1976, he married Kathryn Bild.
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  • 1974
    In 1974, Nesmith started Pacific Arts Records and released what he called "a book with a soundtrack," titled The Prison, as the company's first release.
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  • 1972
    Also, in 1972, Nesmith and Phyllis were divorced and he moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
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    Circa 1972, Nesmith started the record label Countryside Records with Jac Holzman, the founder of Elektra Records.
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  • 1970
    Phyllis's third child, and Nesmith's fourth, daughter Jessica, was born in September 1970.
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    Nesmith wrote most of the songs for the band, including a single titled "Joanne" that received some airplay and was a moderate chart hit for seven weeks during 1970, rising to number 21 on the Billboard Top 40.
    More Details Hide Details The First National Band has been credited with being among the pioneers of country-rock music.
  • 1969
    In 1969, Nesmith formed the group First National Band with Kuehne, John Ware and Red Rhodes.
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  • 1968
    Nesmith's third son, Jason, was born in August 1968 to Nurit Wilde, whom he met while working on The Monkees TV series.
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    When The Monkees TV series ended in 1968, Nesmith enrolled part-time at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and studied American History and Music History.
    More Details Hide Details Michael and Phyllis's second son, Jonathan, was born in February 1968.
  • 1965
    In October 1965, Nesmith landed the role as the wool hat-wearing, guitar player "Mike" in The Monkees TV series, which required real-life musical talent (writing, instrument playing, singing, recording, and performing in live concerts as part of The Monkees musical band).
    More Details Hide Details The Monkees television series aired from 1966 until 1968 and has developed a cult following over the years.
  • 1963
    While in college, Nesmith began to write more songs and poetry, and after he and Phyllis married in 1963, the two of them decided to move to Los Angeles so Nesmith could pursue his songwriting and singing career.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Phyllis was pregnant with their first child, Christian DuVal. Nesmith began singing in folk clubs around Los Angeles and had one notable job as the "Hootmaster" for the Monday night hootenannies at The Troubadour, a West Hollywood night club that featured new artists. Here Nesmith met, socialized, and performed with many different members of the burgeoning new L.A. music scene. Randy Sparks from the New Christy Minstrels offered Nesmith a publishing deal for his songs, and it was while Nesmith was at this publishing house that Barry Friedman, also known as the Rev. Frazier Mohawk, brought the ad for The Monkees TV series auditions to Nesmith's attention.
  • 1962
    While in the Air Force, Nesmith obtained a G.E.D. and was discharged under honorable conditions in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details He enrolled in San Antonio College, a community college, where he met John Kuehne (later to be known as John London) and began a musical collaboration. The duo won the first San Antonio College talent award, performing a mixture of standard folk songs and a few of Nesmith's original songs. He met another SAC student, Phyllis Ann Barbour, whom he later married.
  • 1960
    Without graduating from high school, Nesmith enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, was trained as an aircraft mechanic at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, and then was permanently stationed at the Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base near Burns Flat, Oklahoma.
  • 1949
    Nesmith was enrolled in the Dallas public school system in 1949, at the age of six.
    More Details Hide Details Describing himself as an indifferent student, he nevertheless participated in choral and drama activities during his years at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. He also began to write verse poetry. When he was 15 he enrolled in the Dallas Theater Center teen program, where he was featured in several plays.
  • 1942
    Nesmith was born in Houston, Texas in 1942 He is an only child; his parents, Warren Audrey Nesmith and Bette Nesmith Graham, divorced when their son was four.
    More Details Hide Details He and his mother moved to Dallas to be closer to her parents, sister, aunts and grandmother. Bette took temporary jobs ranging from clerical work to graphics design, and developed very good secretarial skills, including shorthand and, auspiciously, touch typing. When Nesmith was 13, his mother invented a typewriter correction fluid later known commercially as Liquid Paper. Over the next 25 years she built the Liquid Paper Corporation into a multimillion-dollar international company, which she finally sold to Gillette in 1979 for US$48 million. She died a few months later at age 56.
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