On this day in music history: December 2, 1967…

On this day in music history: December 2, 1967 – “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.”, the fourth album by The Monkees hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 5 weeks. Produced by Chip Douglas, it is recorded at RCA Victor Studios A, B, & C in Hollywood, CA from June – October 1967. After the chart topping success of their third album “Headquarters”, the first in which The Monkees have creative input and play their own instruments, they return to the studio in the Summer of 1967 with producer Chip Douglas to work on the follow up. Unlike the band’s first three albums which prominently featured Micky Dolenz on lead vocals, guitarist Mike Nesmith takes a more proactive role in the production of “Pisces”, writing two songs and singing lead on five tracks. The album takes its title from the members astrological signs. Nesmith and Davy Jones, both being Capricorn places Jones’ surname at the end of the title to avoid confusion. “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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