Updated: January 20, 2022
IN MEMORY OF MUSICIAN MICHAEL NESMITH
Robert Michael Nesmith (December 30, 1942 to December 10, 2021) was an American musician,
songwriter, actor, producer, and novelist. He was best known as a member of the pop rock
band the Monkees and co-star of the TV series The Monkees (1966 to 1968). Nesmith's
songwriting credits include "Different Drum," which became a hit for Linda Ronstadt and
the Stone Poneys.
After the break-up of the Monkees, Nesmith continued his successful songwriting and
performing career, first with the seminal country rock group the First National Band,
with whom he had a top-40 hit, "Joanne", and then as a solo artist. He played a 12-string
guitar, performing on a custom-built Gretsch electric during his time with the Monkees and
various 12-string acoustic models during his post-Monkees career.
He was also an executive producer of the film Repo Man (1984). In 1981, Nesmith won the
first Grammy Award given for Video of the Year for his hour-long television show, Elephant