Daydream Believer – The Monkees – 1967

No, not a seventies song this month but a tribute to The Monkees’ Davy Jones who passed away this morning.

the monkees

Yes, we’ve heard all the stories about them not playing their own instruments blah, blah, blah… in fact, most of that is rather exaggerated.  It’s true that, initially they were the 60’s Milli Vanilli but it was pretty early on in the history of the band that Mike Nesmith had stern words about being able to both play music and contribute songs to the albums they were making.

Producer Chip Douglas was a little reticent at first but soon gave in and for most their career the Monkees play their own music etc. albeit with the occasional backing musician.

davy jones

Davy seemed to be the ladies favourite.   Born in Manchester in England, he was a child actor appearing in Coronation Street and similar UK television dramas.  Davy’s mother died when he was 14 and so he left acting to become a jockey (horse not disc!).

He didn’t give up acting completely, however.  He was cast as The Artful Dodger in a West End production of Oliver.  The musical moved to Broadway where Davy was nominated for a Tony Award.

a strange twist of fate

In 1964, the Broadway cast of Oliver appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Coincedentally, since The Monkees were often refered to as “The American Beatles,” The Beatles were on the same show.  Davy later said about that show and The Beatles;

I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that.

He signed a recording contract with Screen Gems and, when the television company came up with the idea of The Monkees, he was offered the job – the rest is history.

daydream believer fax

  • Daydream Believer was released on October 30th 1967.
  • Daydream Believer peaked at #1 on the US singles chart and #7 on the UK singles chart. It was The Monkees last #1 US hit.
  • John Stewart, a member of The Kingston Trio, wrote Daydream Believer.
  • Canadian songstress Anne Murray covered the song in 1979. Her version peaked at #12 on the US singles chart and #3 on the US country chart.
  • Daydream Believer has a memorable opening where the voices of Davy Jones and producer Chip Douglas are heard;

Chip: 7A.

Davy: What number is this, Chip?

Chip and the other Monkees: 7A.

Davy: Okay. Know what I mean, like don’t get excited, man. It’s ’cause I’m short, I know.

daydream believer – the monkees – 1967 – video

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6 Responses to Daydream Believer – The Monkees – 1967

  1. Wozza says:

    Daydream Believer – his finest hour – no doubt.

    Cheer up sleepy Jean (I always heard this as Gee).

    He certainly left his footprint on our adolescence GK.

  2. Greg.K. says:

    I’d say he and the boys stomped all over it in the nicest possible way.

  3. Miki says:

    Well the songs are still very much there in our heads and it seems impossible not to sing along . . . I well remember sitting up top on the double-decker bus on the way “into town” – and my high school friends and I hoping to catch a glimpse of Davy (high hopes – he was probably long gone by then!), as the bus went past the house he lived in.

    Still, far too young to be gone . . .

  4. Greg.K. says:

    66 seemed pretty old a few years ago – now it seems very young. And, I can guarantee you weren’t the only girl craning your neck for a glimpse at Davy!

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