Michael Nesmith

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Michael Nesmith

Nesmith performing at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, April 13, 2013
Background information
Birth name Robert Michael Nesmith
Also known as Michael Blessing, Nez, Wool Hat, Papa Nez
Born December 30, 1942 (1942-12-30) (age 72)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Rock, pop, folk, country, pop rock, psychedelic rock
Occupations Musician, composer, author, songwriter, actor, writer, director, producer, owner of Pacific Arts Corporation
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ, harmonica
Years active 1965–present
Associated acts The Monkees, First National Band

Michael Nesmith (born December 30, 1942) is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman and philanthropist.

He was born in Dallas, Texas on December 30, 1942. His mother, Bette Nesmith Graham invented Liquid Paper in 1951 and made the family very rich. In the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles to start a recording career, he wrote the song "Different Drum" which was a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys. In 1966, he became a member of the Monkees, a made-for-TV rock band, he left the group in 1969 and started a solo career. He is considered one of the forefathers of the country-rock movement of the 1970s with his song Joanne, he also worked as a producer and is considered one of the pioneers of the music video industry. Nesmith's 1981 video-movie Elephant Parts won the first Grammy award for a music video