Why did Neil Diamond give them the song?

The Monkees’ song “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” was one of two hit songs that Neil Diamond presented to The Monkees. During an interview, Diamond said that the success of one of his songs opened the door for The Monkees to record his songs. Listeners in the US and UK reacted similarly to “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You”.

Davy Jones, Peter Turk, Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and the Monkees playing around the piano

Davy Jones, Peter Turk, Mike Nesmith and Mickey Dollins | Michael Oaks Archive/Getty Images

These songs changed Neil Diamond’s life

During an interview on CNN, Larry King asked Diamond if his song “Solitary Man” was a hit. “It happened in two cities,” Diamond said. “In Toronto and Los Angeles it was ranked 10th at 10th, and the rest of the country, no. But it was a graphic record. It was — it separated me from, you know, just being a guy who’s going around trying to get into — you know, the office.”

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