The Monkees were created in 1966 by American television producers inspired to make a TV show about a band after watching The Beatles 1964 film “A Hard Day’s Night“.
Many people thought that The Beatles would dislike their made-for TV rivals but they actually welcomed The Monkees when they visited England and were big fans of the show. The Beatles along with manager Brian Epstein even hosted a party for them during the recording sessions for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
John Lennon, George Harrision, Ringo Starr (back w/striped pants) and Mike Nessmith at the party.
Mike Nesmith & George Harrison
Micky Dolenz & Paul McCartney
Mike Nesmith was even in attendance for some of The Beatles “A Day In The Life‘ sessions where he asked Lennon:
“Do you think we’re a cheap imitation of the Beatles, your movies and your records?”
“I think you’re the greatest comic talents since the Marx Brothers. I’ve never missed one of your programs.”
Here’s a photo of Nesmith with Lennon at the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band session of “A Day In The Life“…
Mike Nesmith & John Lennon
Meanwhile Harrison said of The Monkees self-produced songs:
“It’s obvious what’s happening, there’s talent there… when they get it all sorted out, they might turn out to be the best.”
Harrison even invited Tork to play a banjo on his “Wonderwall Music” soundtrack.
Peter Tork & George Harrison
In 1995, Ringo Starr even did this tounge in cheek commercial with The Monkees for Pizza Hut where he proclaims The Monkees are, “The Wrong Lads”…