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When Mickey Dolenz was cast along with Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davey Jones to form the 1960s made-for-television band, The Monkees, he was the member with the most acting experience. He also had the least musical experience.
Regardless, producers were taken with his natural singing voice, which made songs such as Last Train To Clarksville, I'm A Believer, (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone and Pleasant Valley Sunday rival The Beatles' hits for chart supremacy.
At the time of his hiring, Dolenz couldn't play the drums at all. But with the help of teachers, he could fake it convincingly for the cameras. Within a year, he could play well enough for the stage and, eventually, the recording studio.
Today, Dolenz is right at home at the drums and the mic as he continues to perform with fellow Monkee mates Tork and Jones.