Elvis Presley’s Songwriters Wrote 1 of The Monkees’ Hits

TL; DR:

  • Elvis Presley songwriters wrote one of the Monkees songs.
  • Peter Tork said he upstaged Micky Dolenz singing the track.
  • The tune in question became a hit in the US and UK.
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Elvis Presleythe songwriters of monkey songs. Afterwards, Peter Tork said the track was one of his favorites. The tune in question became a hit in the US and UK.

Two songwriters wrote ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and other Elvis Presley songs

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were a songwriting duo who wrote or co-wrote Elvis hits such as “Hunting dog,” “Difficulty,” “Jailhouse Rockand “No”. Additionally, the duo wrote songs by other artists, such as Ben E. King’s “support meand “Yakety Yak” from the Coasters.

In a 2015 interview with National Rock Review, Tork talked about the Prefab Four songbook. “We had a terrific team of songwriters working for us,” he said. “So if I say that the Monkees songbook was maybe the third best songbook in pop history, behind maybe only the Beatles and the Stones, that’s not me saying. Pat on the back, I’m the one saying ‘Look at this’…just like I think you would too.

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Peter Tork revealed he loves singing 1 of the Monkees songs while clowning around on stage

Tork was asked about his favorite song to play live. “I always thought ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’ was the Monkees’ best single, so this one really stands out,” he said. “Right now there’s a song called ‘DW Washburn’ which was a late Monkees hit, it did well. I’m now singing bass on it.

“So I’m having a lot of fun doing ‘DW Washburn’ (singing the song with a deep voice and laughing),” he said. “So lately I’ve been having fun on that and starting to clown around around something fierce. I think I upstaged Micky with that. Notably, Leiber and Stoller wrote “DW Washburn”.

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How The Monkees’ “DW Washburn” performed on the pop charts in the US and UK

“DW Washburn” reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for seven weeks. The tune appeared on the Monkees album Yesterday and today… The best of monkeyswho reached 21st place Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 34 weeks.

According The Official Map Company, “DW Washburn” peaked at No. 17 in the UK and remained on the chart for six weeks. Meanwhile, Yesterday and today… The best of monkeys never charted in UK

Leiber and Stoller had a huge impact on Elvis’ career and the Monkees’ career as well.

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