The Guys Who Wrote Em

Tommy Boyce

Tommy Boyce

Born: September 29, 1939 in Charlottesville, Virginia

Before DJBH: In the early 60s, Tommy worked with a rock and roll singer named Curtis Lee and producer Stan Schulman. Together Tommy and Curtis wrote Curtis's two hit songs: Under the Moon of Love and Pretty Little Angel Eyes.

Bobby Hart

Bobby Hart

Born: February 18, 1939 in Phoenix, Arizona

Before DJBH: Working with Tommy Boyce, Bobby co-wrote several hit tunes: Lazy Elsie Molly for Chubby Checker, Come A Little Bit Closer for Jay and the Americans, Last Train to Clarksville (and many others) for The Monkees, etc.

As The Monkees began to exert more creative control over their own music, Boyce & Hart decided to try their hand at a recording career in their own right. In 1967 and 1968 they put three songs in the Top Forty: Out & About, the top ten hit I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight, and Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend).

After DJBH broke up, the duo created songs for several cartoon shows such as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You and Josie and The Pussycats. Boyce & Hart music can be found in the movies, as well, including such recent flicks as The Joy Luck Club and My StepMother Is An Alien.

Tommy and Bobby each also worked individually, with Bobby Hart doing tunes for movies such as Tender Mercies and The UnHoly Rollers. During the eighties Bobby wrote and produced for both LaToya Jackson and New Edition. Tommy Boyce moved to England to work with songwriter Richard Hartley for performers like Iggy Pop and Meatloaf. He later came back to the United States. In conjunction with Melvin Powers, he wrote a book entitled How To Write A Hit Song And Sell It.

Sadly, on November 23, 1994, Tommy committed suicide in Nashville.