I liked the Monkees, and of course especially Davy. I was about 10 years old when their show was on the air. 66 is still not old enough to check out in this day and age.
Davy Jones, Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, has died aged 66, his publicist has confirmed.
He died in his sleep at his home in Florida. His publicist, Deborah Robicheau, said he had had a massive heart attack.
Brought together for a US TV series in 1966, Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork hits included Daydream Believer and I’m a Believer.
……The Monkees’ TV show was popular in both the US and the UK, and the band had four number one albums in a 13-month period.
They were famous for their clean-cut image and were marketed as the American answer to The Beatles, notching up nine top 40 hits.
Three of the band’s original members – Jones, Dolenz and Tork – reunited last year to play a series of gigs.
The son of a railway fitter, David Thomas Jones was born in 1945 in Manchester.
He appeared as a teenager on soap opera Coronation Street, playing Ena Sharples’s grandson.
He also had a role in the television series Z Cars, but when his mother died of emphysema, he left showbusiness to train as a jockey.
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, two of the top pop song writers of the sixties, wrote lots of great songs for the Monkees, as did Neil Diamond. They did write some of their own music, including “Mary, Mary”, “For Pete’s Sake”, “The Girl I Knew Somewhere”, “Goin’ Down”, “Listen to the Band”, and “Papa Gene’s Blues”.
My favorite Monkees tune is “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, but “Papa Gene’s Blues”, “Listen to the Band”, and “I’m Gonna Buy Me a Dog” are close behind. Davy Jones was a good, likable guy, and cute to boot.
Goodbye Davy. RIP.