While it’s not true that “anyone can sing a song” it is true that crafting words and a melody out of thin air is akin to magic.
In June, 2020, three songwriters and three others from the performing songwriter ranks will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, among them the late Tommy Boyce and his longtime writing collaborator, Bobby Hart.
Their first hit was 1964’s “Come A Little Bit Closer” recorded by Jay & The Americans. Later they teamed up with the Monkees, writing the theme for their TV show, as well as hits for the band: “Last Train To Clarksville” and “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone”
Boyce and Hart also scored a big hit post-Monkees with “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight” (1967), not to be confused with 1963’s song of the same name by Barry & The Tamerlanes.