The success of the Beatles inspired a group of television executives to take a chance on a script about a struggling group of musicians that had been kicking around Hollywood for years. They cast two young actors and two musicians and created the Monkees. From the release of their first single "Last Train To Clarksvile" in late 1966, they were a huge hit. The Beatles had stopped touring (and even declared themselves "bigger than Jesus"), so it was time to scream for another group. In 1967 the Monkees sold more records than the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined, but they never shook the impression that they were a fake band and by 1968 the whole thing started to crumble very quickly.