"The Monkees" One Man Shy (TV Episode 1966) Poster

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"One Man Shy" debuted what would be the group's biggest-selling single, "I'm a Believer," written by Neil Diamond with the backing track recorded in New York City by Don Kirshner. Mike was intended to sing lead, but at the vocal session in October 1966 he argued with producer Jeff Barry and stated, "I've produced records and that ain't no hit." Barry eventually asked Mike to leave and Micky replaced him at lead vocal. The song hit #1 and became the biggest single of 1967 but the battle with Jeff Barry reflected the growing animosity between the group and their musical directors at Columbia.
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