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Subject: Archive: Tommy Boyce, Nov. 23, 1994

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Date Posted: Saturday, November 23, 11:55:07am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tommy Boyce, part of the singing-songwriting duo of Boyce and Hart who penned "Last Train to Clarksville" and other hits for the Monkees, shot himself to death. He was 55.

Mr. Boyce's wife, Carolyn, found him dead in the living room of the couple's home Wednesday. He left a note, but police would not reveal its contents.

While best known for their songwriting, Mr. Boyce and partner Bobby Hart also recorded some of their songs, achieving a Top 10 hit with "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" in 1967.

The duo first gained fame in the early '60s, writing "Pretty Little Angel Eyes," a hit in 1961 for Curtis Lee, and "Come a Little Bit Closer," a top five hit for Jay and the Americans in 1964.

In 1966, producers appointed the duo musical directors for the NBC television series "The Monkees," which debuted in September of that year.

The group became a chart as well as a ratings success. Among the songs the duo contributed to their roster of hits were "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" and "The Monkees Theme (Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees)."

After being a part of the West Coast pop-music scene for years, Mr. Boyce moved to England in the late 1970s, where he worked with artists including Iggy Pop and Meatloaf. More recently, he moved to Tennessee, where he maintained homes in Nashville and Memphis, and occasionally performed locally.

He sometimes would drop by Nashville's Bluebird Cafe for Sunday night writers nights, said Gail Carson, who ran the weekly events for five years.

"He was somewhat introspective," she said. "He'd sit there and listen, and he'd talk to any of the writers who wanted to talk to him."

Mr. Boyce, a native of Charlottesville, Va., moved to California with his family when he was a child.

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