The Talented Michael Nesmith Part Two
Nesmith (center) with The Monkees in 1967
From 1965 to early 1970, Nesmith was a member of the television pop-rock band The Monkees, created for the television situation comedy of the same name. 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. 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...