The Monkees were one of the 1960’s most memorable American pop acts
The Monkees debut single “Last Train to Clarksville” reaches No.1 on the Hot 100 in 1966
“Last Train to Clarksville” was the debut single by The Monkees, it was released August 16, 1966 but it wasn’t until November 5th that it peaked to No.1 on the Hot 100. The song, written by the songwriting duo Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart has been compared to The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer”, particularly the “jangly” guitar sound, the chord structure, and the vocal harmonies. The Beatles song had been number one in the US charts three months earlier. The Monkees were hugely influenced by The Beatles and during that period they were even nicknamed the “American Beatles”, however, unlike the iconic British band, their significance wasn’t as big and it remains mostly associated with a 1960’s fad despite their other big hits “I’m A Believer” and “Daydream Believer”
Watch The Monkees performing “Last Train To Clarksville” in 1966
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