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The Monkee who “invented” MTV: After the Monkees, Mr. Nesmith became the creator and chief executive officer of Pacific Arts, a successful video production company that made some of the first music videos. Mr. Nesmith pitched the idea of a 24-hour music-video channel and sold the idea to Warner, which developed it into MTV. His video “Cruisin’” was one of the first MTV played. Mr. Nesmith often is called the “inventor” or “stepfather” of MTV.

Compiled by John Haydon

Sources: The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, Birmingham Mail, Chicago Tribune and Wikipedia