Song of the Day: The Monkees, “I’m A Believer”

Actor and musician Micky Dolenz, who played drummer and lead vocalist for The Monkees in the 1966-69 show of the same name, is 77 years old today. His first TV role was as Corky, the orphaned elephant boy, in the show Circus Boy, which ran from 1956 to 1958. He is the last surviving member of The Monkees. "I’m A Believer" was the band’s second #1 single and was written by Neil Diamond.

21 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Monkees, “I’m A Believer”

  1. Let’s see. This one and another Monkee’s song were the two songs I had my first dance with in the junior high gym at lunch time. My dad didn’t like it. Nice guy. Turned out to be gay and moved to California. Died of Aids. Such is life. I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone. That one, too. I loved Daydream Believer. Didn’t realize so many were written by Boyce and Hart. Lots of good songs and no, they did not get enough credit.

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    1. I’m assuming that you mean the guy you danced with was gay and died of AIDS, and not you father…

      The Monkees had an impressive number of singles that were Top 20 hits, and it was all the kids of our generation that made it happen. “Pleasant Valley Sunday” was another, as was “Last Train To Clarksville” and one of my favorites, “Valleri.” Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote “Pleasant Valley Suinday,” Neil Diamond also wrote “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” but you’re right, Boyce and Hart wrote the lion’s share of their hits. Whoever wrote them, The Monkees did a fantastic job doing it….

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  2. I read some of the comments so this song, and others, hold a special place in your heart. I love The Monkees! They were TV’s answer to The Beatles but they were great in their own part too. So many songs were huge hits and rightly so.

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  3. The Monkees were, and will ever remain, a memorable part of my growing up years. I adored them. I agree with you wholeheartedly that they were, and aren’t, given enough credit or respect.

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    1. People thought of them as just four actors hired to play a role and ignored the fact that all were good musicians and Mike and Peter were pretty good songwriters. I think it surprised everyone.

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  4. This was number 1 the day I was born…so yea I’m a Believer.
    They influenced me to want to play music when I caught the reruns.

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    1. It was #1 the day Dad died, too. The music helped me and my brothers through that rough patch. We went on a family outing, and we would play this, “Stepping Stone,” and “Last Train to Clarksville” over and over on the jukebox.

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  5. The only surviving Monkee … we saw him and Mike Nesmith in the farewell tour just a few months before Nesmith died. Micky can still sing, can still hold the audience’s attention.

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  6. My favorite song of all time and a lifetime fan of Micky Dolenz. As a young girl I was convinced that we would be married one day! I even believed he named his daughter Ami after me as it was spelled the same as mine. Monkees Forever!!

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    1. People don’t give The Monkees the credit they deserve. They did some great music and their TV show was a riot. Love them or hate them, the fact is people in our generation remember them. And while the shows might be dated, the music is still good and relevant over 50 years later.

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