Tommy Boyce: Age 55 | Cause Of Death: SUICIDE

(Born: September 29,1939 in Charlottesville, VA, Died:  Nov 23, 1994  Nashville, TN)

Boyce recorded for RCA Records and had one self-written charting single, “I’ll Remember Carol” b/w “Too Late For Tears” peak at #80 Pop on Billboard’s charts in fall 1962.He began writing with Bobby Hart, with their first success being “Come A Little Bit Closer,” a 1964 #3 Pop smash for Jay and the Americans.Signed as staff songwriters for Screen Gems Music, the music publishing arm of Columbia Pictures’ TV production arm, Screen Gems, they began to write songs for the soundtrack of the studios’ hit TV show The Monkees airing in primetime on NBC-TV; “Theme From The Monkees,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” gold, #1 Pop, fall 1966, “(I’m Not Your)Steppin’ Stone”-the charting B-side of “I’m A Believer”…Boyce & Hart toured with The Monkees in the 70s and recorded with some of the group’s members on albums as Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart. Boyce wrote and produced for Iggy Pop, UK band Darts, Del Shannon and Meat Loaf.  Boyce, who appeared on TV talk shows sharing his travails with depression, succumbed to the illness, committing suicide at his Nashville residence in 1994.  ~ Ed Hogan, All Music Guide