Saturday, April 18, 2020

Different Drum

And the hits just keep on comin'... In 1965 Michael Nesmith, done with Texas, and done with the Air Force, was living in Los Angeles, and working as the "Hootmaster" for the weekly hootenannies at Doug Weston's Troubadour in West Hollywood. He'd introduce the various acts, and play a few songs of his own, including this one: Different Drum.

Nesmith got his big break when he was hired to be part of the Monkees later that year. The producers of the show turned down this song, but it did get picked up by the Stone Poneys, featuring a young Linda Ronstadt, and it became her first hit in 1967. (Although the Monkees never recorded the song, Mike ran through a couple of verses for laughs in the episode "Too Many Girls" in 1966.) Nesmith finally recorded his own version, more true to his Texas roots, in 1972.

And that's the story behind #quarantinehootenanny #31 of ???

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