the door to yesterday vol 4 no 19. different drum. linda ronstadt. mike nesmith. the monkees.

 

MIKE NESMITH.DIFFERENT DRUM. THE DOOR TO YESTERDAY.ALAN WARNER. LINDA RONSTADT. STONE PONYEYS

 “The Door To Yesterday” will return in longform next week.


In the meantime, here’s a flashback to a 

classic ballad namely DIFFERENT DRUM 

written by Michael Nesmith of The Monkees.

LEMONHEADS. DIFFERENT DRUM. LINDA RONSTADT. MIKENESMITH.ALAN WARNER. THE DOOR TO YESTERDAY.

When I was with EMI Music Publishing, I asked Michael 

to compile a list of some of his key compositions for a promotional CD. 

Understandably he included DIFFERENT DRUM and he featured the version by

The Lemonheads from their 1991 “Favorite Spanish Dishes” EP on Atlantic.

Referring to their interpretation, Michael commented: 

‘It’s almost punk but still shows the strength of the song’. 

Listen to it here: 

https://youtu.be/XipsuDA89-g


DIFFERENT DRUM. MIKE NESMITH. LINDA RONSTADT. THE DOOR TO YESTERDAY.

 The memorable hit version of DIFFERENT DRUM 

was by Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt 

which was a track on their second Capitol album …

Produced by Nick Venet and released in 1967, 

the single reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100

in late January ’68. 

Here’s the YouTube link: 

https://youtu.be/w9qsDgA1q8Y

This became Linda Ronstadt’s very first chart record. 

The prominent harpsichord was played by Don Randi.


The song had first been recorded by bluegrass group 

The Greenbriar Boys in ’66 and Michael himself included it 

on his “And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’” album in 1972.  


Various other artists have recorded DIFFERENT DRUM including: 

P.P. Arnold, Huddersfield Transit Authority,

Lobo, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes,

Kenny O’Dell and also Carrie Underwood

In addition, Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs  

included it on their first ‘Under The Covers’ collection in 2006.


Other best-selling Michael Nesmith compositions include JOANNE 

which charted for him and his group The First National Band in 1970: 

https://youtu.be/q5CiOTrRJBw 


Also his song SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES was successfully recorded by 

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in ’69 and was a chart single for them in 1971.

https://youtu.be/bVUHWFY0w1Y


Rock on.


Alan Warner


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