Editors’ Notes The Monkees were cute pinups created for television, but their songs made them stick. Little pop nuggets, their early singles are like little pieces of silver and gold. A team of genius songwriters helped create those hits, including Neil Diamond and Carole King. The Monkees involved a preeminent team of arrangers, musicians, and producers, and their recordings stand alongside the Beach Boys as some of the preeminent products of the Los Angeles studio scene. At the same, the “Pre-Fab Four” eventually proved their musical legitimacy in later years with bold forays into psychedelia and country-rock.