“And so when [Hendrix] walked on stage, it was an absolute anomaly. But Nesmith’s career has extended well beyond the as-seen-on-TV band. When he started playing ‘Foxy Lady,’ they were saying, ‘We want Davy, we want Davy!’ He could really only take a little bit of that, and after about eight or 10 concerts he finally walked off the stage and said, ‘Look, I can’t do this anymore.'” At one point, during the summer of 1967, Hendrix even opened for The Monkees on tour — but it didn’t last long. In his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday, he recalls forming his own group, creating one of the first music videos, writing novels and becoming friends with the likes of John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix. “We were playing to 10 and 12,000 14-year-old girls,” Nesmith recalls. Henry Diltz/Courtesy of the artist
In the mid-1960s, Michael Nesmith was writing songs and working the Los Angeles club scene when someone showed him an ad: A new TV show was looking for people to audition. Michael Nesmith (center, foreground) with the other members of The Monkees — Davy Jones (left), Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (right) — in the late 1960s. He did — and the next thing he knew, he was a Monkee.