‘Last Train to Clarksville’ writer Bobby Hart unleashes ‘Psychedelic Bubble Gum’

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Hit songwriting team Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart personify cool confidence as they embark on a solo career during the early summer of 1967. This image was cropped for the A&M single 45 cover of “Sometimes She’s a Little Girl,” which debuted September 9, 1967, on Billboard, criminally bubbling under at No. 110 Pop. Image Credit: The Bobby Hart Private Collection
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At five years old in 1944, a foreshadowing of future Monkees songwriter Bobby Hart learning to play his dad’s real banjo 10 years later. When Hart teamed up with Tommy Boyce on the West Coast, the hits started coming. Image Credit: The Bobby Hart Private Collection
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The striking cover of ’60s sunshine pop singer-songwriter Bobby Hart’s “Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles,” a memoir co-written by Glenn Ballantyne and published on May 12, 2015. Image Credit: SelectBooks
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Tommy Boyce, sporting an “I’ve been bled by Honest Ed” novelty button, points to the camera as Bobby Hart grins widely in this 1970 photo. The duo wrote “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “Words,” “Valleri,” and “Last Train to Clarksville” for the Monkees. Photography by William “PoPsie” Randolph / Courtesy of Michael Randolph

The Bobby Hart Interview

Boyce & Hart tunes recorded by the Monkees

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Bobby Hart, lifelong friend “Guitar” Keith Allison, and Tommy Boyce pose inside an amphitheater circa 1968. Allison was a member of Paul Revere and the Raiders for eight years, while Boyce & Hart penned numerous hit songs for the Monkees. Image Credit: The Bobby Hart Private Collection
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Boyce & Hart, aka hit songwriting team Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, during their final year on A&M Records in 1969. The duo wrote for the Monkees and experienced solo hits like “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight,” “Alice Long,” and “Out and About.” Image Credit: A&M Records / The Bobby Hart Private Collection
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The album cover of “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart,” the sole studio album released by the super group of two Monkee lead singers and their respective songwriters. The pop-rock LP failed commercially upon its May 1976 release but is now a highly sought after curio. Image Credit: Capitol Records
“Sometimes she’s a little girl, so afraid of this big ole world, that’s when I take her in my arms and say, ‘I’ll take care of you.’“ Click to experience a bubbling under dose of prime Boyce & Hart psychedelic pop from their debut 1967 LP “Test Patterns.” Music Credit: Universal Music Group; Video Credit: YouTube

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