From The Philadelphia Inquirer
Saturday Nov. 26, 1994
Tommy Boyce, 55, half 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.
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 1960s, 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 Mr. Boyce and Hart musical directors for the NBC television series The Monkees, which debuted in September of that year.
The group became a success on the charts as well as in ratings. Among the songs Mr. Boyce and Hart contributed to their roster of hits were (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone and The Monkees Theme (Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees).
In 1975 the two joined former Monkees Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones to tour and record an album for Capitol, Jones, Dolenz, Boyce and Hart.[sic]
The team split up in the mid-70s, although both continued to work in the music industry. Mr. Boyce moved to England in the late 1970s, where he worked with such artists as 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," Carson 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. He was taught to play guitar by his father, a minister.