Michael Nesmith

  • Birth Name: Robert Michael Nesmith
  • Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • His mother, Bette, invented Liquid Paper, which was a necessity for typists the world over in the pre-computer age.
  • Taught himself guitar after a stint in the Air Force.
  • One-fourth of the Monkees, the mid-1960s pop band created for the TV music-comedy series The Monkees.
  • The Monkees topped the singles chart with "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer" and "Daydream Believer," and had four No. 1 albums. 
  • Put his fist through a wall during a 1967 argument with Monkees' music coordinator Don Kirshner over the band's artistic direction, which they had no say in at the time. 
  • Headquarters, the first album the Monkees had control over, hit No. 1 in June 1967 for a week, then stayed at No. 2 for 11 weeks (behind the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band).
  • Wrote the 1968 Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys Top 20 hit "Different Drum."
  • Left the Monkees in 1969.
  • Helped establish music videos with the 1977 TV chart show Popclips. Warner eventually bought the idea from him and turned it into MTV.
  • Founded Pacific Arts, a communications and music company, in 1974; it became an important video-publishing company during the 1980s.
  • Reunited with his fellow Monkees for the 1996 album Justus.

Awards

  • 1981, Grammy — Video of the Year: Winner

Relationships

  • Christian DuVal Nesmith — Son
  • Victoria Kennedy — Wife
  • Warren Nesmith — Father
  • Jonathan Darby Nesmith — Son
  • Bette Nesmith Graham — Mother
  • Phyllis Ann Barbour — Ex-wife
  • Michael Jason Nesmith Wilde — Son
  • Jessica Buffler Nesmith — Daughter
  • Kathryn Bild — Ex-wife
  • Nurit Wilde — Ex-significant Other

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