Robert Michael Nesmith was born on December 30, 1942 in Houston, Texas.
After two years in the Air Force, Nesmith recorded several songs under the name "Michael Blessing."
Nesmith was the only member of the Monkees chosen from the thousands who responded to an advertised open audition.
In 1967, Linda Ronstadt (with The Stone Poneys) had a hit with her recording of Nesmith's "Different Drum."
After the Monkees TV show ended, and the group stopped recording together, Nesmith formed the First National Band with John London. The group released three albums. The Second National Band followed and released a few albums.
In the late 1970s, Nesmith formed Pacific Arts and created the film Elephant Parts. Nesmith also developed a TV show which showed music videos. Time-Warner based MTV on Nesmith's concept.
In 1998, Nesmith's first novel, The Long Sandy Hair Of Neftoon Zamora was published.
In 1994, PBS sued Nesmith's company claiming Pacific Arts owed royalties for PBS programs sold on video. Nesmith filed a counter-claimed and, in 1999, Nesmith was awarded over $47 million by the court. Nesmith and PBS later settled the dispute for an undisclosed amount of money.
Nesmith recently completed his second novel and a new solo album.