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Michael Nesmith

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Michael Nesmith

American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the musical group The Monkees and co-star of The Monkees TV series add

Category: Literature

Born in 1942.

Countries: United States (46%), California (23%), Australia (9%)

Main connections: The Monkees, California, Micky Dolenz

Linked to: San Antonio College, United States Air Force, American Express, American Film Institute




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Michael Nesmith was born in 1942 add something


In 1949, Nesmith, at the age of six, was enrolled in the Dallas public school system add something


Before graduating from high school, Nesmith enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960 add something


While in the Air Force, Nesmith obtained a G.E.D. and was discharged under honorable conditions in 1962 add something


Nesmith began his recording career in 1963 by releasing a single on the Highness label add something


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 add something


He followed this in 1965 with a one-off single released on Edan Records before he followed with two singles recorded - one entitled "The New Recruit" under the name "Michael Blessing", released on Colpix Records - coincidentally the label of Davy Jones, though they did not meet until The Monkees formed add something


Nesmith used this guitar for his appearances on the television series, as well as The Monkees' live appearances in 1966 and 1967 add something


"The Monkees" television series aired from 1966 until 1968 and has developed a cult following over the years add something


Beginning in 1968, Nesmith used a white 6-string Gibson SG for his live appearances with The Monkees add something


When "The Monkees" TV series ended in 1968, Nesmith enrolled part-time in UCLA and studied American History and Music History add something


Michael and Phyllis's second son, Jonathan, was born in February 1968 add something


Nesmith's third son, Jason, was born in August 1968 to Nurit Wilde, whom he met while working on "The Monkees" TV series add something


He would use the guitar in their motion picture Head for the live version of "Circle Sky" and for the final original Monkees tour in 1969 with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz add something


In 1969, Nesmith formed the group First National Band with Kuehne, John Ware and Red Rhodes add something


The Monkees - The final album with Michael Nesmith from the Monkees original incarnation would be their eighth album, "The Monkees Present", released in October 1969, which peaked at No. 100 on the Billboard charts


As he prepared for his exit from The Monkees in 1970, Nesmith was approached by John Ware of The Corvettes, a band that featured Nesmith's friend John London, who played on some of the earliest pre-Monkees Nesmith 45s as well as numerous Monkees sessions, and had 45s produced by Nesmith for the Dot label in 1969 add something


Later, "Some of Shelly's Blues" and "Propinquity " were made popular by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their 1970 album "Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy" add something


Nesmith wrote most of the songs for the band including a single entitled "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 add something


The new band was christened Michael Nesmith and the First National Band and went on to record three albums for RCA Records in 1970 add something


Phyllis's third child, and Nesmith's fourth, daughter Jessica, was born in September 1970 add something


MTV - Pittman's boss, WASEC Executive Vice President John Lack, had shepherded "PopClips", a television series created by former Monkee-turned solo artist Michael Nesmith, whose attention had turned to the music video format by the late 1970s


Also, in 1972, Nesmith and Phyllis were divorced and he moved to Carmel, California add something


Circa 1972, Nesmith started the record label Countryside Records with Jac Holzman, the founder of Elektra Records add something


In 1974, Nesmith started Pacific Arts Records and released what he called "a book with a soundtrack" entitled "The Prison" as the company's first release add something


Nesmith recorded a number of LPs for his label, and had a moderate worldwide hit in 1977 with his song "Rio", the single taken from the album "From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing" add something


Jac Holzman - In 1979 Holzman became the nexus between ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith and John Lack of Warner Cable


An opportunistic lookalike from the US cashed in on his similarity to Nesmith by appearing on talk shows and doing interviews in Australia during the 1980s add something


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 add something


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" add something


During this same period, Nesmith started his multimedia company Pacific Arts, which initially put out audio records, 8-tracks and cassettes, followed in 1981 with "video records add something


In 1981, Nesmith won the first Grammy award given for Video of the Year for his hour-long television show, "Elephant Parts" add something


Nesmith won the first-ever Grammy award given for Music-Video in 1982, for his hour-long "Elephant Parts" and had a short-lived series on NBC inspired by the video called "Michael Nesmith in Television Parts" add something


In 1983, Nesmith produced the music video for the Lionel Richie single "All Night Long" add something


Ron Pitts - He is mentioned in the 1984 Michael Nesmith movie "Repo Man", in a college football radio broadcast heard in the background as the robbers bungle their way out of a store and just before the main characters walk in


However, he did appear during an encore with the other three members at the Greek Theatre on September 7, 1986 add something


Tim Lucas - With the dissolution of "Video Times" in 1986, the column resurfaced as a shot-on-video featurette, hosted and narrated by Lucas, in Pacific Arts Corporation's one-shot video-magazine-on-video experiment "Overview", produced by Michael Nesmith


In 1987, he produced the music video for the Michael Jackson single "The Way You Make Me Feel" add something


In 1988, following the ending of this second marriage, he returned to Los Angeles where he had met Victoria Kennedy add something


Nesmith would appear again in 1989 with Dolenz, Tork and Jones when the Monkees received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star add something


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 add something


A video and CD, both entitled "Live at the Britt Festival" were released capturing the 1992 concert add something


In 1992, Nesmith undertook a concert tour of North America to promote the CD release of his RCA solo albums add something


They moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico , New Mexico, in 1992 and returned to Carmel, California, in 2000 add something


Peter Tork - In 1994, he released his first album length solo project, "Stranger Things Have Happened", which featured brief appearances by Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith


In 1995, Nesmith was again reunited with the Monkees to record their last studio album entitled "Justus", released in 1996 add something


Davy Jones (actor) - Monkees activity ceased until 1996 when Jones reunited with Dolenz, Tork and Michael Nesmith to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band


To support the reunion, Nesmith, Jones, Dolenz, and Tork briefly toured the UK in 1997 add something


In 1998, Nesmith published his first novel, "The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora" add something


The Gihon ceased the program in 2000 and started a new Program for the Performing Arts add something


They were married in April 2000 in Monterey, California add something


His last album, "Rays", was released in 2006 add something


The imposter, Barry Faulkner, who had pulled various fraudulent scams for 40 years, was finally apprehended and sent to jail in 2009 add something


This is chronicled in O'Rourke's 2009 book "Driving Like Crazy" add something


He performed live inside Videoranch 3D on May 25, 2009 add something


Nesmith's second novel "The America Gene" was released in July 2009 as an online download from add something


They separated in 2011 and Kennedy filed for divorce add something


Wonderland married writer-comedian A. Whitney Brown on March 4, 2011, in a ceremony officiated by Nesmith add something


On August 7, 2012, Nesmith announced via his Facebook page that he would re-unite with Dolenz and Tork to play twelve concerts in the United States in November 2012 add something


Between November and December 2012, Nesmith reunited with Dolenz and Tork to perform twelve concerts in the United States add something


Peter Tork - In 2012, Peter joined Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith with a Monkees tour in honor of the album Headquarters 45th anniversary as well as in tribute the late Davy Jones


In March 2013, Nesmith launched a solo tour of United States, the first U.S. tour in 21 years add something


In 2014, he guest starred in Sesason 4, Episode 9 of the IFC comedy series "Portlandia" in the fictitious role of the father of the May or of Portland, Oregon add something


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 add something


In 2018, he announced that he would be doing a 5 date tour of California with a revamped version of "The First National Band" including a date at the legendary Troubadour, where he performed Pre-Monkees add something


" The tour was cut short in June 2018, with four shows left unplayed, due to Nesmith having a minor health issue; he and Dolenz plan on rescheduling the unplayed concerts to a later date when Nesmith recovers add something


The Monkees - Michael contributed two songs for the Monkees 13th studio album "Christmas Party" released on October 12, 2018 add something


In 2019 Nesmith and Dolenz reunited to make up the cancelled dates of the tour while adding several more dates including a tour of Australia and New Zealand add something