Widely regarded as the most musically accomplished member of '60s pop icons the Monkees, Michael Nesmith also had the most interesting and diverse solo career among his bandmates. A respected guitarist and songwriter, Nesmith was the first member of the "pre-fab four" to play on their recordings, and he penned memorable tunes for the group like "Papa Gene's Blues," "You Told Me," "You Just May Be the One," "Circle Sky," and "Listen to the Band." Nesmith already had a career in music before joining the Monkees, and wrote the song "Different Drum," which became a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys in 1968. Nesmith was the first Monkee to cut a solo album, the richly orchestrated 1968 release The Wichita Train Whistle Sings, and the string of solo albums he released between 1970 and 1973 (including Magnetic South, Loose Salute, and ...
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