But they made a splash with gay kids, and not just because of the eye-appeal of their exceptionally tight white slacks. While other musical duos like Simon & Garfunkel gazed at each other and occasionally placed a hand on shoulder, Boyce and Hart seemed to relish physical contact, always touching: hugging, arms around shoulders, legs draped over thighs.
Both had wives and talked about girls, but still, it wasn't hard to imagine them as boyfriends.
But their biggest fame came in 1965, when they began writing the songs for The Monkees. They left in 1966, after a dispute with producer Don Kirshner, but they remained close to the Monkees, who graciously gave them credit for writing such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I Wanna Be Free."
The Flying Nun (1970), and Bewitched (1970), and wrote the soundtracks of a dozen other programs, including Days of Our Lives, The Ambushers, and Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows.
It's so neat to meet you "Where the Action Is"
Say you'll always be my friend, because "I Wanna Be Free."
And some were about friends:
Just exactly what does trust mean?
Is it about being down with the scene?
Or is it about following your own true heart
And being true to your friends to the end from the start
Tommy Boyce committed suicide in 1994. Bobby Hart is currently working on a musical about their partnership; Sunshine Pop: Stories from the Boyce and Hart Music Machine.