Michael Nesmith

American musician, songwriter, actor

Robert Michael Nesmith (December 30, 1942 – December 10, 2021) was an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman and philanthropist.

Michael Nesmith
Nesmith performing at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, April 13, 2013
Nesmith performing at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, April 13, 2013
Background information
Birth nameRobert Michael Nesmith
Also known asMichael Blessing, Nez, Wool Hat, Papa Nez
Born(1942-12-30)December 30, 1942
Houston, Texas, United States
DiedDecember 10, 2021(2021-12-10) (aged 78)
Carmel Valley, California
GenresRock, pop, folk, country, pop rock, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, author, songwriter, actor, writer, director, producer, owner of Pacific Arts Corporation
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ, harmonica
Years active1965–present

Nesmith was born in Dallas, Texas on December 30, 1942. His mother, Bette Nesmith Graham invented Liquid Paper in 1951 and made the family very rich.

In the 1960s, Nesmith moved to Los Angeles to start a recording career. He wrote the song "Different Drum" which was a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys. In 1966, he became a member of the Monkees, a made-for-TV rock band. He left the group in 1969 and started a solo career.

Nesmith is considered one of the forefathers of the country-rock movement of the 1970s with his song Joanne.He produced albums such as loose salute and magnetic south with the first national band. Nesmith was known for his diamond suit, hat and cowboy boots that are currently on display at the country hall of fame. He also worked as a producer and is considered one of the pioneers of the music video industry. Nesmith's 1981 video-movie Elephant Parts won the first Grammy Award for a music video

Nesmith died from heart failure at his home in Carmel Valley, California on December 10, 2021, at the age of 78.[1]


  1. Greene, Andy. "Michael Nesmith, Monkees singer-songwriter, dead at 78". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 10, 2021.