Boyce & Hart Biography

Recalled chiefly for their association with the Monkees, this songwriting team also enjoyed a fruitful independent career. Tommy Boyce (Sidney Thomas Boyce, 29 September 1939, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, d. 23 November 1994, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) had recorded several singles during the early 60s, charting briefly with ‘I’ll Remember Carol’, while Bobby Hart (b. 18 February 1939, Phoenix, Arizona, USA) helped to compose hits for Little Anthony And The Imperials and Tommy Sands. The two were originally cast as members of the Monkees, but secured the musical/production rights when this idea was vetoed. Together they wrote several of the group’s early classics, including ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, ‘Valleri’ and ‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone’, but they were latterly supplanted during the backroom machinations surrounding the group’s progress. Boyce and Hart then embarked on a performing career. They had several US Top 40 hits, the most successful of which was ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite’ which peaked at number 8 in January 1968. Their interest in the Monkees continued with the release of several previously shelved masters, and in 1975 they joined former members Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz for a nostalgia tour. This, in turn, engendered a handful of new recordings. The songwriters subsequently pursued a myriad of projects. Hart recorded a solo album, while Boyce enjoyed a successful career in London, England, and produced a series of hits for Showaddywaddy and Darts. Tommy Boyce committed suicide at his home in November 1994.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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