1967: The Monkees Dominate Music Sales
In 1967, The Monkees were in the middle of a brief but successful TV show. At the same time, their music sales were quickly starting to outpace the viewership of the show.Having already scored two #1 hits with 'Last Train To Clarksville' and 'I'm A Believer,' The Monkees entered 1967 with more hits including the Neil Diamond written 'A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You' and their third #1, 'Daydream Believer.'
According to Daily News, sales of The Monkees music in 1967 outpaced that of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, combined. The Beatles, especially John Lennon, became huge supporters of the group with Lennon even nicknaming them the "Marx Brothers of Rock."
Citing declining viewership, the network decided to cancel the television show in 1968. The group continued to have some chart success with their music, but not nearly as much as during the years the show was on the air.