Monkees star Michael Nesmith has died of natural causes, his family confirms. He was 78 years old.
“With infinite love, we announce that Michael Nesmith passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by his family, peacefully and from natural causes,” his family said in an official statement. “We ask that you respect our privacy at this time, and we thank you for the love and the light you have all shown to him and to us.”
Nesmith broke free from the pre-fabricated Monkees beginnings to become a full-fledged music pioneer, but only after leading an internal rebellion to gain creative control over producer Don Kirshner. They emerged from these battles with the years 1967 Headquarter, the Monkees’ debut album created by the band itself.
Nesmith went on to compose some of their more complex tracks, including favorites like “Listen to the Band”, “Mary, Mary”, “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” and “Circle Sky”, before becoming a revolutionary figure. country rock.
He formed the First National after the initial separation from the Monkees, but his new musical concept could not exceed the shadow of his old band. They split up before bands like the Eagles, Byrds, and Flying Burrito Brothers introduced the emerging genre to mainstream audiences.
Nesmith resisted Monkees’ first reunion openings before late joining his former bandmates for a 2012 tour and a much-loved reunion album, 2016’s Good time! He and Micky Dolenz only recently completed a farewell tour of the Monkees, performing as a duet after the death of Peter Tork.
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