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Robert Michael Nesmith (December 30, 1942 – December 10, 2021) was an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, and novelist.

He was best known as a member of the pop-rock band the Monkees and co-star of the TV series The Monkees (1966–1968). Nesmith’s songwriting credits include “Different Drum”, which became a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys.

Michael Nesmith, singer and guitarist with the Monkees, dies aged 78

Michael Nesmith Biography Wikipedia
Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith, who achieved global fame as a member of the pop group the Monkees, has died aged 78.

“With infinite love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” his family said in a statement. “We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light that all of you have shown him and us.”

Nesmith was the group’s guitarist, and also one of its songwriters, for tracks including The Girl I Knew Somewhere, Listen to the Band, and Mary, Mary.

With Nesmith alongside Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork, the Monkees had huge hits including US chart-toppers Daydream Believer and I’m a Believer, having been formed for a TV sitcom about a rock’n’roll band. Nesmith successfully auditioned for the role of “Mike” in the show, in October 1965, having begun his music career as a jobbing folk music performer in Los Angeles.

The nature of the Monkees as a manufactured band became something of a milestone for the group, who fractured in the late 1960s following their psychedelic film and album Head (Nesmith contributed the song Circle Sky). Nesmith left in 1970, following Tork’s departure in 1968.

Michael Nesmith Biography, Wiki

Born in Houston, Texas, Nesmith was an only child, and his parents, Warren Audrey Nesmith and Bette Nesmith Graham separated when he was very young. With his father gone, Nesmith’s mother worked as a secretary. Their fortunes changed when Bette invented typewriter correction fluid, later known commercially as Liquid Paper.

Nesmith was an indifferent student and in his teen years an occasional prankster. An urban legend says a prank with a firecracker went wrong, leaving Nesmith with a hand injury, and that a doctor suggested he learn to play guitar to recover his dexterity (the incident never actually happened). An early accident with a hammer smashed the ring finger on Nesmith’s right hand, and he did not learn to play guitar until his twenties. He did, however, participate in choral and drama activities during his years at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. He also began to write verse poetry.

In 1962, Nesmith’s mother married Robert Graham, triggering a rebellious phase for Nesmith. He took the family car without permission and drove to California. Upon his return, he discovered that his mother had enlisted him in the U.S. Air Force. Nesmith was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas and he later claimed that he had been discharged after he tipped over a general’s airplane while washing it.

After leaving the Air Force, Nesmith obtained a G.E.D. and then moved in with an uncle, Chick Adair. Nesmith enrolled in San Antonio College, where he met John Kuehne (later to be known as John London) and began a musical collaboration. He also met 16-year-old Phyllis Ann Barbour, whom he later married.

During this time John Kuehne decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career, and Nesmith decided to follow him. Nesmith and Barbour moved back and forth from Texas. Nesmith landed a role in the Monkees pilot, which was filmed in October 1965. In October 1967, the episode “Monkees in Texas” was filmed, in which a brief cameo appearance was given to Nurit Wilde, a socialite and former mistress of John Phillips (of The Mamas & the Papas), and close friend of Peter Tork.

In late 1967, Barbour was pregnant with the Nesmiths’ second child when she suffered a head injury in a car accident. Because they were practicing Christian Scientists, they decided to just rest instead of seeking medical treatment. Their second son, Jonathan, was born in February 1968.

Nesmith was divorced and remarried to Kathryn Bild from 1976 to 1988. In 2000, he married Victoria Kennedy.

Michael Nesmith Biography Wikipedia
Michael Nesmith
Birth nameRobert Michael Nesmith
Also known asMichael BlessingNezWool HatPapa Nez
BornDecember 30, 1942
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedDecember 10, 2021 (aged 78)
Carmel Valley, California, U.S.
GenresRock, pop, folk, country-rock, pop-rock, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, author, songwriter, actor, writer, director, producer, owner of Pacific Arts Corporation
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1965–2021
Associated actsThe Monkees, First National Band, The Strangers

Michael Nesmith Career

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.

Nesmith began his recording career in 1963 by releasing a single on the Highness label. He followed this in 1965 with a one-off single released on Edan Records followed by two more recorded singles; one was titled “The New Recruit” under the name “Michael Blessing”, released on Colpix Records, coincidentally also the label of Davy Jones, though they did not meet until the Monkees formed.

Some Interesting Facts About Michael Nesmith

  • His mother, Bette, invented Liquid Paper, which was a necessity for typists the world over in the pre-computer age
  • Taught himself guitar after a stint in the Air Force
  • One-fourth of the Monkees, the mid-1960s pop band created for the TV music-comedy series The Monkees
  • The Monkees topped the singles chart with “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer,” and had four No
  • 1 albums
  • Put his fist through a wall during a 1967 argument with Monkees’ music coordinator Don Kirshner over the band’s artistic direction, which they had no say in at the time
  • Headquarters, the first album the Monkees had control over, hit No
  • 1 in June 1967 for a week, then stayed at No
  • 2 for 11 weeks (behind the Beatles’ Sgt
  • Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • Wrote the 1968 Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys Top 20 hit “Different Drum
  • ” Left the Monkees in 1969
  • Helped establish music videos with the 1977 TV chart show Popclips
  • Warner eventually bought the idea from him and turned it into MTV
  • Founded Pacific Arts, a communications and music company, in 1974; it became an important video-publishing company during the 1980s
  • Reunited with his fellow Monkees for the 1996 album Justus

Michael Nesmith FAQ’s

Who was Michael Nesmith?

Robert Michael Nesmith (December 30, 1942 – December 10, 2021) was an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, and novelist.

How old was Michael Nesmith?

Michael Nesmith died at 78.

How did Michael Nesmith die?

Nesmith died of heart failure at his home in Carmel Valley, CA, according to his manager.

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