Chart Position: 1

  • #6 bestseller for 1966
  • Lead vocals: Mickey Dolenz
  • Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • Instruments: Wrecking Crew
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • The television series ‘The Monkees’ premiered on NBC in Sept 1966, the same week this song was released
  • Monkees are from Los Angeles CA
  • Clarksville is a real town located in Tennessee
  • Peter York, a young actor who was one of The Monkees, showed up at a recording studio expecting to play an instrument on songs for the series, but learned the instrumental tracks were already completed by session musicans collectively called The Wrecking Crew
  • Among the future stars who also answered an ad in Variety seeking to become a Monkee were Harry Nilsson, Steven Stills and John Sebastian
  • Later recorded by George Benson (1966), Standells (1967) and Cassandra Wilson (1995)

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