The song “Daydream Believer” was written by John Stewart of The Kingston Trio. It was offered to We Five and Spanky and Our Gang, but they turned it down. Chip Douglas, who produced The Monkees, thought it could be a hit for them. All four members of The Monkees were on the track. Davy Jones was on lead vocals, Michael Nesmith was on lead guitar, Peter Tork was on piano, and Micky Dolenz did the backing vocals. The orchestral arrangement was by jazz musician Shorty Rogers It was released as a single in 1967 and became an international hit. It went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and in Ireland, #5 on the U.K. Singles Chart, #2 in Australia and Norway, #7 in Austria, #4 in Germany and Japan, #8 in Belgium, and #10 in Switzerland. “Daydream Believer” was also on their 1968 album The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees.
The Monkees were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Robert “Bob” Rafelson and Bert Schneider specifically for the television show The Monkees. The series aired from 1966 to 1968. They were to be an imaginary band who wanted to be The Beatles but were not that successful. Strangely enough, they sold more than 75 million records worldwide, and at the point in 1967 when The Monkees were at the height of their fame, they had outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined. Of course, time moved on and things changed.