Michael Nesmith, who plays Michael in the Monkees, has died of natural causes, according to his family. He was 78.
In an official statement, we announce that Michael Nesmith, who is surrounded by friends, died this morning in his home, peacefully and for natural causes. We ask that you respect our privacy at this moment, and we thank you for all of your kindness and kindness.
Nesmith was unable to play the Monkees'' pre-fab games until after embarking on an internal battle to gain creative control from producer Don Kirshner. Their efforts came from the battles with 1967''s Headquarters, the first Monkees album they have created.
Nesmith developed some of their most complex materials, including favorites like Listen to the Band, Mary, Mary, The Girl I Knew Somewhere, and Circle Sky, before becoming a pioneer in country rock.
After the Monkees'' initial split, he conceived the First National, but couldn''t get his new musicality beyond the long shadow of his previous band. Groups like the Eagles, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers brought the emerging genre to the mainstream.
Nesmith fought Monkees'' first reunion overtures before reuniting his former bandmates for a tour in 2012 and a well-known reunion album, 2016''s Good Times! Only recently completed a Monkees farewell tour, performing as a duo following Peter Tork''s death.