Daydream Believer – The Monkees

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on December 2nd of 1967 finally allowed to play instruments on their recordings, The Monkees scored their third US number one single with “Daydream Believer”. A folk singer named John Stewart wrote this song. Stewart was a member of The Kingston Trio from 1961 to 1967, and he wrote this shortly after leaving the group and teaming up with a pre-famous John Denver. In 1979 he had a Top 5 US hit with “Gold.” This was the Monkees’ last #1 single before they drifted apart. It was knocked out of #1 by The Beatles “Hello Goodbye.” To appease their record label, the Monkees had to make one small change to Stewart’s lyrics. The group’s drummer Micky Dolenz explains: “As we sing it, there’s a line ‘Now, you know how happy I can be.’ John wrote ‘Now, you know how funky I can be.’ But the music department said, ‘The Monkees are not singing the word ‘funky.” [Laughs] Funky meant oily, and greasy, and sexy – and they weren’t going to have us say it.” Lead singer Davy Jones named this as his favorite Monkees song. The song was covered by Anne Murray in 1979. Her version reached #3 on the US Country chart and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.The song returned to the Hot 100 for a third time in 1986 when a re-tooled version by the reunited Monkees peaked at #79. The song was also a Top 10 hit in the UK peaking at #5.