Skip to comments.Monkees star Davy Jones dies at 66
Posted on 02/29/2012 10:36:19 AM PST by DJ MacWoW
Singer Davy Jones of The Monkees has died of a heart attack at 66, the medical examiner's office in Martin County, Fla., has confirmed to NBC News.
The news was originally reported by TMZ.
Jones was most famous for his role in the pop group The Monkees, which was put together in 1965 for the TV show of the same name. Their hits included "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Pleasant Valley Sunday." They also charted with the theme song from the show.
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Right. Aside from the praise of Jones’s drumming, it’s been said that it would have been better for Tork to have been the lead guitar, with Nesmith on bass, and I believe they’ve done that on some songs during their various reunion gigs.
I don’t think I ever watched their show unless it happened to be on while watching something.
I did like their music. I recall thinking they were surprisingly good for a band which was just made up for a TV show.
As someone else pointed out, I have “daydream Believer” going through my head right now tho I never did understand all the words.
#Sigh#....I am getting old.
Over the years, I saw them in concert four times (including their first tour in early ‘67), three of which included Nesmith. Ironically, although Nesmith was always my favorite musically and as a character on the show, my two favorite concert moments didn’t involve him, at least not directly.
The first favorite moment was during the ‘89 Universal Amphitheatre show where Nesmith joined for about the last third. Prior to him coming on, the other three did a really nice acoustic set. It included the song “When Love Comes Knocking at Your Door,” which I never thought much of before, but really enjoyed the simple arrangement and layered vocals when done in this manner.
My second favorite moment was during another Universal Amphitheatre show (’96?), with just the three. At one point, they all got on guitars and banged away on Nesmith’s song “Circle Sky” right at the foot of the stage. It was very energetic and cool.
The fourth time I saw them perform (as a group) was at the JUSTUS promotional gig at Billboard Live in Hollywood. I was able to briefly meet them and get my copy of the CD signed.
Meowwww... Uh, what is your problem? You have a right to your opinion, of course, but do you have to come on here and dump the ugly comment on here? A lot of the rest of us loved the Monkees, you could try having a bit of respect for a lot of us who loved them. We are remembering Mr. Jones, and paying respects for his passing, ok?
Yeah, I was surprised to learn recently that he actually was proficient on drums, but was too short to be seen behind a large drum-set! He also played guitar pretty well too!
I can’t remember who had played what but they were ALL musical before the TV show. They get a bum rap on that score.
“Other significant contributors along the way were Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, David Gates, Harry Nillson, and Michael Murphy.”
Might be worth mentioning that one of the Monkees’ biggest hits, “Daydream Believer”, was written by John Stewart, who first got recognition when he replaced Dave Guard in The Kingston Trio in the early 1960’s, and who went on to a long career as a solo artist and songwriter after the original Trio disbanded in 1967.
The sweetest and CUTEST GUY EVER dies and no pics??? (I don’t know how to post pics).
For some reason, Nesmith seems to have some rancor for the Monkees. I think that’s a shame.
Yes, and I can never hear the song without recalling that they altered Stewart’s lyrics from “Now you know how funky I can be,” which in context makes more sense than “happy.”
I don’t think that’s really the case. If anything, I think it’s more the reverse now, since he bailed during their UK tour. In fact, I think Jones declared that he’d never perform with Nesmith again (although I think similar statements about group reunions were ultimately proven untrue). Nesmith simply never felt as strong an identification with the group, which makes sense, as he’d already gotten a Colpix contract (as had Jones) before the show was cast, and even while a member was charting his course as one of the founding fathers of country-rock.
Clips are on Youtube...trippy indeed.
>This guy was upstanding and was never the center of a scandal. He will not get the recognition that others have. That is the nature of our press. They seem to push the worst of society as “idols” and “role models”. I believe that is a shame and should be mentioned. Often.<
I agree. Fox hasn’t said boo about a guy who was a huge part of so many people’s youth. A guy who had a clean image, who never was on the news for being stoned out of his mind, and who certainly never was on the news in a sex scandal.
That was a totally wild movie that fell through the cracks. The music wasn’t as bad as one would think it would be. I haven’t seen it in years. I just checked and Netflix has it. I just put it in my queue for fun.
Bowie and Jones were together in an English band called the King Bees.
Wow! Sorry I didn't hold their music in such high esteem. Lo siento mucho!
And I guess I now have to consider their music as awesome.
Obviously, Davy Jones apparently led a nice, noncontroversial life, and that's nice. I feel bad for his family and friends.
Stephen Stills tried out for the Monkees. Got a pass-going bald, bad teeth.