D. W. Washburn
|Single by The Monkees|
|B-side||"It's Nice to Be With You"|
|Released||May 27, 1968|
|Recorded||February 17 and March 1, 1968|
|Label||Colgems Records 66-1023 / RCA Records 1706|
|Writer(s)||Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller|
|The Monkees singles chronology|
The lyrics tell a story of a derelict (Washburn), chosen by a well-meaning charity for a wash-up and a meal. Washburn rejects the offer, though, preferring his jobless, drunken but easygoing lifestyle to a life of responsibility. He mentions, "I do believe I got it made".
The Monkees' version of "D.W. Washburn" was the first single they released after the second and final season of their series on NBC concluded. All their previous singles reached the #1, #2, or #3 positions from strong promotion through their use in various episodes; without this boost, the song became the band's first to miss the Top Ten in the U.S. Billboard charts, reaching #19. Micky Dolenz sings the song in a high falsetto, and is in the honky tonk style from the 1920s and 1930s.
A medley. "D.W. Washburn/L. David Sloane (A Good Man Is Hard To Find)" by the Hutch Davie Calliope Band, entered the Cashbox "Looking Ahead" survey on 8/25/68.
- The Monkees' charting singles Retrieved February 7, 2012.
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