” Daydream Believer ” is by The Monkees, the American rock and pop band. The group consisted of Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork.
The group were formed in 1965 in Los Angeles for the American television series The Monkees; they were put together by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider. The Monkees TV show ran from 1966 to 1968.
Originally the producers wanted to use the Loving Spoonful, a New York folk-rock group. The group had already been signed, which made it impossible for the music from the show to have been marketed. In 1965 an advert was placed in the Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter for members to be cast for a TV show.
Micky Dolenz described the concept behind The Monkees as initially being ” a TV show about an imaginary band … that wanted to be the Beatles, [but] that was never successful “. In fact, they went on to be one of the most commercially successful bands of the 60s, outselling the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined.
Many of their songs remain a favourite with fans to this day, classic songs like ” Last Train to Clarksville “, ” Pleasant Valley Sunday ” and ” I’m a Believer “. The Monkees have to date, sold over 75 million records.
” Daydream Believer ” was written by John Stewart, who was an American singer and songwriter. Best known for his part in the American folk music movement of the 1960s and as a member of The Kingston Trio. The trio is widely credited with influencing many of the popular music artists of the 60s. Eric Zorn wrote in the Chicago Tribune in 1982 that The Kingston Trio ” so changed the course of popular music that their impact is largely felt to this day. ”
Production for the single was by Chip Douglas ( Douglas Farthing Hatlelid ), the American songwriter, musician and record producer.
He began his musical career with The Wilcox Three, a folk group he formed while in high school. The group was modelled on The Kingston Trio. Later he performed with The Modern Folk Quartet and The Turtles, who are best known for ” Happy Together “, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1967 for three weeks.
Michael Nesmith spotted Chip performing with The Turtles at Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go and asked if he’d like to produce The Monkees, to which he agreed.
” Daydream Believer ” was released on the 25th of October 1967 by record label Colgems Records ( label now Defunct, all rights to The Monkees owned by Rhino Records ) and taken from the band’s fifth studio album, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees.
The album, released on the 22nd of April 1968, was the first of their albums not to top the Billboard Chart. The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees reached number three in the United States and failed to chart at all in the United Kingdom. The first four albums released all made it into the Top Ten. To date, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees has sold over a million copies worldwide.
Lyrically, according to writer John Stewart, the song is about the beginning of married life whereby couples experience a type of idealistic haze, this, however, fades after a few years with each seeing the other as they are. At that point, the love is tested. The single was intended to be the third in a trilogy of songs about life in suburbia.
The accompanying music video features Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, with Davy on lead vocals.
” Daydream Believer ” was a commercial success for The Monkees. In the United States, the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100, spending four weeks at the top and the same amount of time on the chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 21st of November 1967 and reached a peak of number five. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of seventeen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 5
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 2, Austrian Singles Chart 7, Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 8, German Singles Chart 4, Irish Singles Chart 1, Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 4, Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart 2, Swiss Singles Chart 10
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