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Farewell, Mike


Dear Editor:

On December 10, 2021, Robert Michael Nesmith succumbed to heart failure; he was 78 years old.

Many remember Mike Nesmith from his days with The Monkees. However, there was more to “The Nes” than just the contemplative wool-hat-wearing guitarist of The Monkees. The “quiet Monkee” most certainly left a legacy.

Mike Nesmith was a creditable lyricist “in his own write.” His song writing credits include “Different Drum,” which became a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys. The songs he penned while a member of The Monkees, such as “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Mary. Mary,” and “Listen to the Band,” became minor hits.

Mike is considered one of the pioneers of Country Rock. Following his “Monkee Days,” Mike enjoyed moderate success with his “First National Band” and as a solo artist.

Mike may very well have been the “leader” of The Monkees.” He definitely was the creative force of the group.

Mike has been called to the great gig in the sky. He will be sorely missed.

John Di Genio and Albert J. Cupo

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