Monkees singer-songwriter Michael Nesmith dies at 78

Mike Nesmith on the set of The Monkees television show circa 1967 in Los Angeles, California.

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Monkees singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith, whose band exploded in popularity in the 1960s, has died, his manager announced Friday.

“It is with deep sadness that I mark the passing of Michael Nesmith. We have shared many journeys and projects together over 30 years, culminating in a farewell Monkees tour which ended there only a few weeks old”, Andrew Sandoval said on Twitter.

The Monkees rose to popularity after the four-person band appeared on a rock and roll television show.

The group’s hits included “Daydream Believer” and “Vallerie”.

The group split in 1971. In 2012, after the death of band member Davy Jones, the three surviving band members reunited.

Although other band members had gone on reunion tours, Nesmith had not done so until then.

Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith on the set of The Monkees television show in June 1967 in Los Angeles, California.

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Nesmith said at the time of the reunion: “I never really left. It’s a part of my youth that is still active in my thinking and part of my overall work as an artist. It remains in a special place. But like things in the past, it fades in relevance to the activities that are ongoing. Getting together with old friends and acquaintances can be very stimulating and fun and even inspiring for me. We’ve done a great job together and I’m always interested in the right time and place to reconnect and play.”

Musician Michael Nesmith of The Monkees performs onstage during the final show of ‘The Monkees Farewell Tour’ at the Greek Theater on November 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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