Aside from the obvious answer that they were both TV shows the Monkees and the Archies shared a common bond. 422. What or who connects the two groups? Same musical producer, Don Kirshner Both outsold the Beatles and Elvis Both featured songs written by Jeff Barry All of the above Kirshner was brought in as the music supervisor charged with picking the songs that the group would record, or initially, that the group would provide vocal tracks for. With the success of the show and sales of the records the Monkees began to rebel artistically and Kirshner was out. Never one to lose a fight he invented the Archies, a Saturday morning animated series as a vehicle for the same type of Brill Building pop he had brought to the Monkees. Say what you will, but after the Monkees, i.e. Mike Nesmith, refused to record it, the Archies (Andy Kim, Ron Dante and Toni Wine) song became the biggest selling single of 1969. Co-writer with Andy Kin was Jeff Barry whose list of hits includes, “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Leader of the Pack” and “River Deep – Mountain High.” With the success of the television show many companies were eager to get a piece of the pie.
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