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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Hey Hey we are The Monkees, you know we love to please.

    Pictured above are some Kellogs Cornflakes plastic promotion coins from 1967. The complete set consists of 12 coins of which I have 10 of the 12 coins plus 2 doubles. One day the set will be completed.

    HISTORY: Wiki

    The Monkees story began in the fall of 1965, when Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, a pair of producers whose Raybert Productions had a deal with Columbia Pictures and their TV branch Screen Gems, came up with an idea for a television series about a rock group. Inspired by Richard Lester's groundbreaking comedies with the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night and Help!, Rafelson and Schneider imagined a situation comedy in which a four-piece band had wacky adventures every week and occasionally burst into song. The NBC television network liked the idea, and production began on The Monkees in early 1966. Don Kirshner, a music business veteran who was a top executive at Colgems Records (a label affiliated with Columbia/Screen Gems), was appointed music coordinator for the series, and Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, a producing and songwriting team, signed on to handle much of the day-to-day chores of creating music for the show's fictive band. A casting call went out for four young men to play the members of the group, and Rafelson and Schneider's choices for the roles were truly inspired. Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork were musicians with solid performing and recording experience who also had a flair for playing comedy, while Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones were primarily actors but had also dabbled in pop music and had strong vocal abilities. As the show went before the camera, Kirshner had Boyce and Hart take the four leads into the studio to begin recording the songs that would be featured on the show each week. While initially the cast was only going to provide vocals for material Boyce and Hart had already recorded, the producers were impressed enough with Nesmith's songwriting skills that they chose to use a few of his tunes and let him produce them. With this, the Monkees took their first step toward evolving into a proper, self-sufficient rock band.

    What was first introduced simply as a television series about a rock group grew into something much bigger as the Monkees musical talent led to the release of successful record albums.

    The Monkees have sold more than 75 million records worldwide and had international hits, including "Last Train to Clarksville", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "Daydream Believer", and "I'm a Believer". At their peak in 1967, the band outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined.

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    1. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 4 years ago
      I absolutely loved the monkeys, definitely my era. I still know all the words to Daydream Believer ha ha. This s great.
    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      These are great Roddy!! I loved the Monkeys too :-)
    3. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
      Growing up in the 60's was great Wandlessfairy. Glad this post brought back nice memories for you:)
    4. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
      Hi Thomas I've kept them protected for many years seen too many plastic coins scratched and chipped from being tossed in a box. And the cereal companies replaced the trinkets with more empty air space lol.
    5. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
      Thank you so much Judy, I loved the monkees tv series and they had some good songs for sure.
    6. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      These are great Roddy! To think you had the foresight and discipline to keep them in such great condition after 50 years... congrats!
    7. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
      I used to put my plastic coins in pieces of cloth then put them away in a box Rick and later on in life transferred them to the coin holders there are in now. Thank you for your great comment:))
    8. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
      Manikin, Rick, thegatherer, EJW-54, bijoucaillouvintage, Phil, fortapache, Roy, buckethead, Judy, Jlmam, nutsabotas6, aura, Thomas, Wandlessfairy, and vetraio50 thank you for stopping by and sharing the loves.
    9. iggy iggy, 4 years ago
      Very cool! Jimi Hendrix once opened for the Monkees I believe in 1967. After a couple of shows they quickly replaced him for more of a family friendly warm up act.
    10. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
      Jimi had a much different type of audience this is for sure iggy forget the squeky clean image:))
    11. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
      Roycroftbooksfromme1 and SEAN 68 always appreciate you dropping by and sharing the loves.
    12. mareredware mareredware, 3 years ago
      My sisters and I memorized the songs, loved the boys and even attended a performance by Davey Jones not long before he passed. My sister caught a towel he had used to wipe his brow. We were thrilled even though we were far older than we were when we sang their songs and watched the show. Thanks for sharing.

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