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Boyce & Hart, the songwriting and (later on) performing group of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, are most well-known for writing many of the Monkees’ big hits, including “Last Teach to Clarksville,” “Valleri,” and “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Rock.” Collectively and separately, in addition they wrote or added to strikes by other functions in the 1960s, including Freddy Cannon, Curtis Lee, Small Anthony & the Imperials, and Jay & the People in america. In 1967 they started recording independently like a duo, getting a high Ten hit exactly the same 12 months with “I Question What She’s Doing Tonite.” Located in LA, Boyce & Hart had been a West Coastline equivalent to the type of workmanship and strategy espoused by Brill Building songwriting groups, although their materials was less significant and long lasting than Goffin-King’s or Barry-Greenwich’s. They emphasized shiny, content, AM radio melodies with space for many vocal harmonies, a proper vibe for the Monkees along with other functions; it was common from the L.A. past due-’60s pop/rock and roll that could retroactively become dubbed “sunlight pop.” Boyce, the old of the set, had a brief history that lengthy predated the Monkees, co-writing a high Ten strike for Fat Domino in 1959 (“Become My Visitor”). Around the first ’60s, he fulfilled Hart as well as the set spent a while in NY in the middle-’60s, where they (with Wes Farrell) published the Jay & the People in america hit “Arrive a bit Closer.” Through the entire 1st half of the 1960s Boyce published or helped create material without the Hart participation, including strikes by Cannon (“Actions”) and Lee (“Fairly Small Angel Eye”), while Hart experienced a bit of the songwriting for Small Anthony & the Imperials’ “Harm SO VERY BAD.” It wasn’t until 1965 the fact that Boyce-Hart partnership became popular in earnest, because they had been agreed upon to the Screen Gems posting business. They knocked off some lively pop/rockers which were documented by rings like Paul Revere & the Raiders (“[I’m Not really Your] Stepping Rock”) as well as the Leaves (“Phrases”), along with the theme for the cleaning soap opera Times of Our Lives. They discovered themselves in the proper place at the proper time if they had been commissioned to create a few tracks for the pilot bout of The Monkees (including its well-known theme tune). As the Monkees had been going to end up being on TV weekly, they needed a reliable supply of tracks fast, which helped ensure that Boyce & Hart positioned a lot of their music using the group. These included not just a few hits, but additionally many album songs; about 50 % the songs around the Monkees’ 1st album had been Boyce-Hart music. The Monkees also redid some Boyce-Hart tracks, such as for example “(I’m Not really Your) Stepping Rock,” “Phrases,” and “Tomorrow’s Gonna End up being A LATER DATE.” Boyce & Hart’s materials may not have already been the first selection of the actual group — and particularly their most experienced songwriter, Mike Nesmith — wished to record. But Boyce-Hart’s knack for AM-friendly pop hooks and chipper, just-this-side-of-bubblegum preparations had been quite definitely in tune using the picture projected with the group on the display. Boyce & Hart had been also mixed up in Monkees’ initial two albums as manufacturers, a job they came back to in the Monkees’ albums in 1969 and 1970. Beginning in 1967, Boyce & Hart also documented independently for A&M Information. Apart from “I Question What She’s Carrying out Tonite,” nevertheless, none of the efforts made the very best 20 or emerged near that tune in quality, although “Alice Longer (You’re Still THE BEST Partner)” and “Out & About” both produced the very best 40 and “WE ARE ALL Going to exactly the same Place” and “Goodbye Baby” charted in lower positions. Boyce & Hart split, both as songwriters and performers, by the end from the 1960s, although they teamed up with ex-Monkees Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones to execute and record for some time in the middle-’70s as Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. Boyce dedicated suicide in November 1994 following a lengthy have a problem with illness and depressive disorder.

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Full Name Boyce and Hart
Music Songs I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight, Alice Long, I Wanna Be Free, We're All Going to the Same Place, I'm Gonna Blow You A Kiss In The Wind, I'll Blow You a Kiss in the Wind, Teardrop City, Girl, I'm Out to Get You, Sometimes She's a Little Girl, I'll Remember Carol, My Little Chickadee, Ambushers, Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, I Should Be Going Home, Thanks for Sunday, Pretty Flower, Out and About, Love Every Day, It's All Happening on the Inside, Strawberry Girl, Jumpin' Jack Flash, I Remember the Feeling, The Monkees, Leaving Again, P. O. Box 9847, Maybe Somebody Heard, The Countess, The Gypsy Song, Two for the Price of One, Sunday, the Day Before Monday, Standing in the Shadows of Love, Sail on Sailor
Albums Test Patterns, It's All Happening on the Inside, Along Came Linda - EP, The Anthology


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1 With songwriting partner Bobby Hart, had a band in the 1960s called the Candy Store Prophets. When Don Kirshner joined the production team for The Monkees, and Boyce and Hart's roles as writers and producers for the band were threatened, they responded by inviting Kirshner to a private audition, where the Candy Store Prophets played a nonstop set of all the songs the pair had written for the show. Kirshner was so impressed, he immediately named Boyce and Hart as producers. The Prophets played most of the backing tracks for the first Monkees album, and later toured as their opening act.
2 Wrote the song "Valleri" (with Bobby Hart) while they were on their way to the Colgems offices, when they got an early-morning call asking for a "girl's name song" (They pretended they'd already written it).
3 When The Monkees began playing their own instruments in the studio, and writing and producing their own songs, Boyce partner and Bobby Hart weren't sure where they stood with the band. They needn't have worried; when the pair attended a Monkees show and Davy Jones spotted them, he instantly called them up onstage, introducing them to the audience as "The fellows who wrote our great hits - Tommy and Bobby!" Every original Monkees album (except the Head (1968) soundtrack) included Boyce and Hart songs, and Davy and Micky Dolenz toured with them in the 1970s. (They also made an album together, released by Capitol Records.)
4 Had a string of hits with Bobby Hart as a duo, recording for the A&M label.
5 He suffered a brain aneurysm in 1993, from which he never fully recovered. He shot himself to death due to his declining health.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Days of Our Lives 1965-2015 TV Series composer - 8,795 episodes
Days of Our Lives' Christmas 2001 TV Special composer: theme music
Three's a Crowd 1969 TV Movie singer: title song
I Dream of Jeannie 1967 TV Series musician - 1 episode
The Monkees 1966 TV Series composer - 8 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chutney Popcorn 1999 writer: "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" - as T. Boyce
Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999 writer: "Days Of Our Lives Theme"
Daydream Believer 1998 Short writer: "Theme from The Monkees"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1989-1998 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Tohuwabohu 1990-1998 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
The Postman 1997 writer: "Theme From Days Of Our Lives"
Plump Fiction 1997 writer: "Theme From The Monkees"
Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees 1997 TV Movie lyrics: "Theme", "Last Train to Clarksville", " I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone" / music: "Theme", "Last Train to Clarksville", " I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"
Home Improvement 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees 1997 TV Movie documentary writer: "Theme", "Last Train to clarksville", " I'm not your Steppin' stone"
A Very Brady Sequel 1996 "Last Train To Clarksville"
TFI Friday 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
White Squall 1996 writer: "BE MY GUEST"
Saturday Night Live 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Awakening 1995 TV Movie "Come A Little Bit Closer"
Friends 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Joy Luck Club 1993 writer: "The Monkees' Theme"
Growing Pains TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1986
My Stepmother Is an Alien 1988 writer: "Theme From The Monkees"
Heart and Soul 1988 Documentary short producer: "Theme", "Last Train To Clarksville" / writer: "Theme", "Last Train To Clarksville"
Crime Story 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lovedolls Superstar 1986 writer: "Stepping Stone" - as T. Boyce
Sid and Nancy 1986 writer: "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" - as Boyce
After Hours 1985 writer: "Last Train to Clarksville"
Desperate Teenage Lovedolls 1984 as Boyce, "Blow You a Kiss in the Wind"
Losin' It 1983 "Pretty Little Angel Eyes"
Top of the Pops 1976-1979 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Drive-In 1976 writer: "Last Train to Clarksville"
The Partridge Family TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1973 music - 1 episode, 1973
Bewitched TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1970 writer - 1 episode, 1970
Cactus Flower 1969 lyrics: "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" - uncredited / music: "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" - uncredited
Age of Consent 1969 writer: "Peaches 'n' Cream", "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight?" - uncredited
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 1969 TV Movie writer: "Theme"
No More Excuses 1968 writer: "This Just Doesn't Seem to Be My Day", "Theme From The Monkees"
Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! 1968 "Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows" / writer: "Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows"
The Monkees TV Series writer - 27 episodes, 1966 - 1968 producer - 23 episodes, 1966 - 1968
The Ambushers 1967 performer: "The Ambushers"
I Dream of Jeannie 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Free and Easy 1967 Documentary writer: "Last Train To Clarksville"
Murderers' Row 1966 writer: "If You're Thinking What I'm Thinking"
Where the Action Is 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
New American Bandstand 1965 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Farmer's Daughter 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Days of Our Lives 1965 TV Series performer: "Days of Our Lives" / writer: "Days of Our Lives"
Winter A-Go-Go 1965 writer: "Hip Square Dance", "Do the Ski with Me"
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Shindig! 1964-1965 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Christine 2016/I performer: "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" / writer: "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Meddler 2015 writer: "Come A Little Bit Closer"
Minions 2015 writer: "Theme From The Monkees"
Monkey Kingdom 2015 Documentary writer: "THEME FROM THE MONKEES"
Ray Donovan 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Comfort Zone 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mike & Mike 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2013 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Joy of the Single 2012 TV Movie documentary writer: "Theme from The Monkees" - uncredited
Poppies 2011 Video writer: "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"
Dancing with the Stars 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2010-2011 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero 2011 Documentary writer: "Last Train to Clarksville"
8 Uhr 28 2010 writer: "Under the Moon of Love"
Flipped 2010/I writer: "Pretty Little Angel Eyes"
Machete Maidens Unleashed! 2010 Documentary performer: "Let's Go Where the Action Is" / writer: "Let's Go Where the Action Is"
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Destination Truth 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Vampire Killers 2009 writer: "Under The Moon Of Love" - as Boyce'
There'll Always Be an England 2008 Video writer: "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"
I'm Not There. 2007 writer: " I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shanghai Kiss 2007 writer: "Come a Little Bit Closer"
Gilmore Girls 2001-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
John Tucker Must Die 2006 writer: "Too Cool"
The Third Wish 2005 writer: "Last Train To Clarksville"
Messengers 2004 writer: "Come a Little Bit Closer"
Dorian Blues 2004 writer: "Last Train to Clarksville"
The Monkees: Live Summer Tour 2002 Video writer: "Last Train to Clarksville", "Valleri", " I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"
No Good Deed 2002 writer: " I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone" 1966
Further Tales of the City 2001 TV Mini-Series writer: "Days of Our Lives Theme"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "Theme From 'The Monkees'"
Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story 2000 TV Movie writer: "Theme", "Last Train To Clarksville", "I Wanna Be Free", " I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"
Circus 2000 writer: "The Monkees"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Three's a Crowd 1969 TV Movie as Boyce and Hart
Days of Our Lives 1966 TV Series 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bewitched 1970 TV Series Tommy Boyce

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
New American Bandstand 1965 1966-1976 TV Series Himself / Himself (as Boyce and Hart) / Himself - Musical Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Vocalist
Rock Concert 1976 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself
The Soupy Sales Show 1970 TV Movie Himself - singer-songwriter
The Flying Nun 1970 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969 TV Series Himself
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! 1968 Himself (uncredited)
The Hollywood Palace 1967 TV Series Himself - Singer
I Dream of Jeannie 1967 TV Series Himself
Where the Action Is 1965-1966 TV Series Himself

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