R.I.P. Michael Nesmith of the Monkees
The singer-guitarist was 78.
Originally, only three Monkees were given a real name. There was Davy, Micky, Peter and… "Wool Hat."
That's what producers of The Monkees first dubbed Michael Nesmith and actually did use the nickname on air, intending to call the character that throughout the series run. You can even see it listed in the earliest Monkees promo materials, like in an old TV Guide listing from 1966.
The green wool hat Nesmith wore had an interesting origin story. Despite being in sunny California, Nesmith had donned the wool cap to keep the hair out of his face while riding his motorcycle to his Monkees audition. He had no idea it would become such an integral part of his persona from that point on.
In the end, the reason we don't call Mike Nesmith "Wool Hat" is pretty straightforward — Nesmith didn't like being called Wool Hat. So, the producers dropped it, letting him be known by his real name Mike.
What became of that wool hat? Nesmith hatched a pretty clever scheme to be rid of it for good. At a concert, the story goes that he tossed it out to a fan in the crowd.
Nesmith was a supremely talented songwriter and musician. After he was cast on the sitcom, Screen Gems bought several songs of his for the new band. One of those tunes was "Mary, Mary," sampled by Run-DMC decades later. His music career predated the Monkees. His songs were covered by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Frankie Laine and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Under the name Michael Blessing, he released a single on Colpix Records, a label that also happened to include Davy Jones on its roster. But Jones and Nesmith did not meet until being cast as the Monkees.
Perhaps it was no surprise then that Nesmith was the first Monkee to bristle at their "manufactured" image and fight to release his own music, to prove his skills. In 1970, Nesmith asked to be released from his contract with three years left.
Born and raised in Texas, Nesmith left high school to join the Air Force. As many know, as it has now passed into legend, his mother invented the typing correction fluid known as Liquid Paper. She built the Liquid Paper Corporation into a multi-million dollar corporation and later sold it to Gillette.
Nesmith did not take part in the Monkees' 20th anniversary reunion in 1986 — though he did rejoin his old pals as Santa Claus for a "Monkees Christmas Melody" seen on MTV later that year. His detente would thaw, and in 1995, all four original Monkees recorded their first album together since 1968's Head.
In recent years, following the death of Peter Tork, Nesmith joined Mickey Dolenz for The Monkees Present: The Mike and Micky Show, their first tour as a duo.
The singer-guitarist died on December 10 of natural causes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 78.
They jammed and partied all night.
Love you bro.
JOHN PARAGON who played JAMBI
The Genie on Pee Wees Playhouse
Who passed away in 2021 .
When a character is on a TV
Show and later disappears with
No explanation the writers should and producer Garry Marshall should have an explanation about why a character is no longer on a
It is definitely Wrong to have
A character vanish from a
TV.show with no explanation.
A lot of.persons.liked the character Chuck Cunningham
And The 2 actors who played
Chuck Cunningham-Gavan O Herlihy and Randolph Roberts.
A lot.of persons have said that they don't like the way that Chuck Cunningham Vanished
Into Thin Air.
When Ron Howard and Donny Most and Linda Purl
Heather O Rourke and Cathy Silvers left Happy Days there was explanations on what
Happened to their characters.
Chuck Cunningham deserved
An explanation on why the
Fictional character Chuck Cunningham disappeared from
Happy Days with no explanation.
I don't agree with persons who
Think that it is alright for the
Writers of a TV show to have a
Character Vanish from a TV show and not explain what happened to them.
When Sticks started playing
The drums in Richie's band
There should have been a explanation why BAG was
No longer playing the drums
In Richie's band.
When Eugene Belvin and Moose disappeared from Happy Days
With no explanation then there
Should have been an explanatioin whatever happened to Moose and Eugene Belvin
And when Melvin Belvin
Disappeared from HD and when
Spike Vanished from Happy Days
It ea never explained what happened to Spike.
Right after Splke left Happy Days then Chachi Arcola arrived
In Milwaukee .
Maybe Spike owed Chachi money and that's why Spike
Or maybe Officer Kirk told
Spike to get out of town
Chuck Cunningham's character disappearance:
Marion Ross's Quote: "We just didn't need him". End Quote
To refresh your memory Gary Marshall's town style discussion clip:
Gary Marshall Quote: "Sometimes you gotta write people out" End Quote.
No explanations necessary. It's written in the annals of history.
Character on a TV Show is.retconned?
Was SPIKE Danny Butch) retconed on HAPPY Days?.
Does a TV character have to
Be a relative of another character on s TV show to be
Retconned or fan a friend of
A character be retconed?
Was Larry Mondello Retconned.
On Leave It To Beaver?
Was Judy Hensler Retcones
On Leave It To Beaver?
Was Corporal Boyle retnoned
On Gomer Pyle USMC and were
Bag Zombroski Eugene Belvin
And Moose Retconed on
Movie goers and tv viewers are sometimes angered by the use of it. It is a simple and common method used in the entertainment as well as other industries to increase their (writers,producers etc....) creative freedom, to rewrite scripts, stories, plot-lines etc.... for their purposes.
The whole "Without Explanation" phrase makes no sense- These people don't need to explain anything Period.
Please add the following shows
To MeTv s Schedule :
1 The Monkees
2 Marx Brothers Movies
3 The Little Rascals
4 Laurel and Hardy Shorts
5 Love American Style
6The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
7 Three's company
8 I Dream of Jeannie
8 Mayberry RFD
9 Mr.. Ed
10 That Girl
11 Dobie Gilli's
12 I Love Lucy
13 The Lucy Show
14 My Favorite Martian
15 Fractured Flickers
16 Rocky and Bullwinkle
17 Pee Wees Playhouse
18 Pee Wee Herman Movies
19 Joe Penner Movies
20 Eddie Cantor Movies
21 The Real McCoys
22 Blondie and Dagwood Movies
23 Shirley Temple Movies
24 Sanford and Son
25 Lone Ranger
26 The Roy Rogers Show
27 I Married Joan
28 Pete And Glayds
29 Bowery Boys Movies
30 Ma and Pa Kettle Movies
32 Yogi Bear
33 Early Edition
34 Ellery Queen Mysteries
35 Dark Shadows
36 The Edge of Night
37 Quantom Leap
38 F Troop
39 Andy Williams Show
40 Mighty Mouse and Heckle
And Jeckel Cartoons
David Jones and Peter Tork
Of The Monkees.
Like I said earlier The Slapstick comedy of The
Monkees can be compared
To Marx Brothers Movies
(Groucho Chico Harper and
Zeppo ) . The Slapstick Comedy of The Monkees
Can be compared to The
Three Stooges also(More
Larry Curly Shemp Joe
Besser and Joe DeRita.).
The Monkees that Passed
Away and Mickey Dolenz
WILL LIVE FOREVER ON
FILM.I believe in the Afterlife (Heaven) and if
There is an Afterlife Monkees fans Marx Brothers fans and 3 Stooges Fans will be
Reunited with loved ones(Relatives and Friends)
And get to meet The Monkees 3 Stooges and
Marx Brothers In the Afterlife.
I never used White Out. And I've not used a typewriter since 1984, when I got my third computer and it was good enough to use for text editing.