Boyce & Hart

Boyce & HartFrom: California, USA

Sidney Thomas “Tommy” Boyce and Robert Luke Harshman (Bobby Hart) were a songwriting duo best known for the songs they wrote for the Monkees. Hart’s father was a church minister. Leaving high school, Hart decided to join the Army. Once he was discharged, Hart went to Los Angeles in search of a singing career. Several failed attempts later, Hart took the advice of his father and wrote “Be My Guest” for Fats Domino. Waiting for six hours, Hart met Domino at his hotel room, where he was promised that his demo would be listened to. Fats Domino he ended up landing a #8 hit with the song in the US. The song reached #11 in the UK marking the biggest hit for Domino in several years there. The single sold over a million copies.

In 1959, Boyce met Hart and the following year played guitar on Hart’s “Girl In The Window”. The single was a flop, but a strong partnership was formed. The two made a breakthrough in 1964 with a song recorded by Chubby Checker called “Lazy Elsie Molly”. Boyce & Hart would write hits for Jay & The Americans, Paul Revere & The Raiders, and the Leaves.

Boyce & Hart are best known for their work with the Monkees. In 1965, the two wrote, produced and performed the soundtrack to the pilot of The Monkees. The duo played a large number of the tracks for the first season and the band’s accompanying debut album. The Monkees would re-record the vocals over the music of Boyce & Hart before releasing songs, including the major hit “Last Train To Clarksville”. Show supervisor Don Kirshner then dismissed the duo as producers, claiming they were “using studio time booked for Monkees songs to record tracks for their own solo project.”

The Monkees were not the only success Boyce & Hart saw as a duo. The two had established themselves as recording artists of their own, releasing three albums on A&M Records. They also produced music for movies for Columbia Pictures. Boyce & Hart worked together on many projects, including a reunion with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees.

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From the 1968 album I Wonder What She’s Doin’ Tonite?

I Wonder What She's Doin' Tonite

  • I Wonder What She’s Doin’ Tonite?

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