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 made the move to take over the reigns of their music, causing Don Kirshner to be fired from his position as the group's musical supervisor.
Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval remembered Schneider in a message on Facebook:
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