Bert Schneider, one half of Raybert, the team that created The Monkees, passed away this week. He was an instrumental figure in Hollywood and the Monkees project paved the way for many of his future successes, including the film Easy Rider. Schneider was probably the band's biggest supporter when they wanted to take over the reigns of the music and remove Don Kirshner from his position as Monkees musical supervisor.
Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval noted the following on his Facebook page:
"In my expert opinion, only six people can rightfully say there would be no Monkees without them. Five of them are pictured here. Yesterday we lost Bert Schneider, truly a man who made it all possible for the four gentlemen who follow him in this photo. One of the last times I spoke to Bert he stopped our conversation to impress upon me, "By the way, I'm a Monkees fan." I think that says a lot about why The Monkees show happened, why the group became a group and why many of the projects Bert turned his hand to had the quality they did. He was a fan."
On another note, check out this interview with Micky posted on the Modern Drummer website.