The songwriter of the Monkees called this group “Junior Rolling Stones”
Bobby Hart is a songwriter who has co-written some of the Monkees’ most famous songs. He also wrote songs for other famous groups, including one he described as “America’s Junior Rolling Stones”. While he wanted to work with this group, he was unable to do so.
This duo wrote Rolling Stones inspired songs for the Monkees
Hart and Tommy Boyce formed the Boyce and Hart songwriting duo. According to AllMusic, they wrote songs like “Last Train to Clarksville”, “Valleri” and “(Theme From) The Monkees” for the Prefab Four. In his memoirs, Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, Monkees and turning chaos into miracles, he said the Rolling Stones were one of the many contemporary bands that influenced the songs he wrote for the Monkees.
Hart wrote songs for bands other than The Monkees. For example, he wrote “(I’m Not Your) Steppin ‘Stone”, a song by Paul Revere & the Raiders. The Monkees then covered the song. Keith Allison of Paul Revere & the Raiders wanted Hart to do even more for his band.
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Why Bobby Hart couldn’t write songs for Paul Revere & the Raiders
“Keith Allison had been working as a full member of Paul Revere & the Raiders for a few years when he called me to our Woodrow Wilson home,” Hart recalls. “You wrote great stuff and had some hits, and because of our long-standing friendship, Paul asked me to see if you were interested.” “I would love to produce the Raiders,” I said without hesitation. “
Hart later told Danny Janssen, a songwriter he worked with in the 1970s. “When I told Danny about it he was thrilled, being a longtime fan of Mark Lindsay and the boys all over the place. like me. I arranged with Keith to have Columbia Records write the chords, and Danny and I immediately started thinking about song concepts for the band perennial, ”Hart wrote.“ For me they had always been. the junior American Rolling Stones, but with the added bonus of comedy entertainment when you see them in person. “
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Why Bobby Hart couldn’t work with the Junior American Rolling Stones’
Hart was especially happy to have the opportunity to work with Paul Revere & the Raiders because their song “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” has just become a huge hit. Despite this enthusiasm, he was ultimately unable to produce music for the group. This is because Columbia Records refused to allow Hart to work with their artists, although they never explained to him why that was the case.
Hart decided to move on from this disappointment rather than dwell on it. Notably, Yahoo! Entertainment reported that Paul Revere & the Raiders would never reach the top 10 after “Indian Reservation” surpassed the Billboard Hot 100 for a week in 1971.
Hart was unable to produce music for Paul Revere & the Raiders, but he still praised the group as the American version of the Rolling Stones.