Hey, hey . . . were the Monkees a real band or a fake? In 1965, auditions were held for "folk and roll musicians" to play band members on a new TV show called The Monkees. Actors Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz and musicians Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork were chosen as The Monkees. The show won two Emmy Awards in 1967, and the band was so successful that they went on tour -- with the Jimi Hendrix Experience as their opening act!
The Monkees reached the top of the charts three times with hits "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," and "Daydream Believer." Although the show was canceled in 1968 and the band officially broke up in 1970, they have continued to record and tour with some or all of the original members.