Monkees guitarist and singer-songwriter Michael Nesmith dies at 78, manager says

Michael Nesmith, guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as a member of the Monkees, has died, his manager said Friday. He was 78 years old.

“It is with profound sadness that I mark the passing of Michael Nesmith,” the manager, Andrew Sandoval, said on Twitter. “We’ve shared many travels and projects together over the past 30 years, culminating in the Monkees farewell tour just a few weeks ago.”

In a statement provided to Rolling Stone, Nesmith’s family said he “passed away this morning at his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes. We ask that you respect our privacy. me at this moment and we thank you for the love and light you all have given him and us.”

In 2018, the band postponed the last four days of their tour after Nesmith fell ill. At the time the band said Nesmith had “minor health problems” prior to the Philadelphia concert and was advised to “rest for the next week.”

“Nez has expressed the highest part of who he is through his voice,” Sandoval tweeted Friday. “And you couldn’t get closer to him knowing his work. May all those who love him feel his comfort at this moment – just listen and he will be there. because of you.”

The Monkees were formed in 1965 for a television series and include Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones. Producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider adapted the show based on the Beatles’ hit musical comedies “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!,” seeking to create a band that would reflect reflect them on audacity if not musical talent.

In the Monkees iteration, Nesmith is the serious one, Jones the cute one, and Dolenz the interesting one. When the group debuted, they became teen idols overnight.

During the show’s two-year run, the Monkees won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and the group achieved seven Billboard Top 10 songs. first.

Originally, the Monkees were a band whose members didn’t play their instruments or write many of their songs, which angered both Nesmith and Tork.

In the end, he and Tork took control of the band’s musical fate from Don Kirshner, who was brought on as the show’s music producer. On the group’s third album, “Headquarters,” the Monkees played their instruments and even performed live in Hawaii.

By the mid-1980s, thanks to TV reruns and album re-releases, the Monkees had gained a new, younger following following. All four members produced a new album, “Justus,” in 1996 which featured them on all instruments and including songs they had written.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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