Created for a TV series that ran from 1966 to 1968, the four Monkees continued performing hits like “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for decades. Even after the 2012 death of Davy Jones, the remaining Monkees hit the stage as recently as 2013.
Perhaps the best-known children’s band ever, The Wiggles’ roots date to the early ’90s, when members of an Australian rock band called the Cockroaches teamed with some friends who were studying to be preschool teachers to form a kid-friendly group. That led to a TV show that took off globally. A new incarnation of the band that still features original Wiggle Anthony Field tours today and will perform Sept. 11 in the Riveria Theater in North Tonawanda.
If not for the Disney Channel show “Hannah Montana,” would we know Miley Cyrus today? She made a splashy start to her solo career playing the role of teen pop star-in-disguise Hannah Montana from 2006 to 2011. The Montana-Miley franchise transcended the TV set with her sold-out Best of Both Worlds tour in 2007-08.
With motivations similar to those behind the creation of the Fresh Beat Band, three New Orleans dads and a close friend – all of whom were musicians – formed a band in 2003 to create cool rock music that kids and parents could enjoy together. They got the attention of Disney Channel, which signed them three years later and began airing a half-hour show its preschool channel in 2008.
Big Time Rush
Nickelodeon’s four-member boy band became an onscreen and onstage success, with a sitcom running from 2009 to 2013 and several headlining tours. The group, which signed with Columbia Records, is currently on hiatus. Whether or not it reconvenes, this much is certain: Big Time Rush led the resurgence of boy bands, paving the way for today’s hot acts such as One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.