10 December 2021
Michael Nesmith, singer, guitarist and songwriter with 1960s pop group The Monkees, has died at the age of 78.
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 the Top 40 hit, Joanne, and then as a solo artist.
He was also an executive producer of the film Repo Man (1984).
In 2021, Nesmith joined the other remaining living member of The Monkees, Micky Dolenz, on a Monkees farewell tour comprising over 40 dates in the US from September to November.
Because of restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they were not able to play shows in Canada, the UK or Australia. The final date of the tour was held on 14 November 2021 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
Nesmith died from heart failure at his home in Carmel Valley, California.