Skip to comments.Davy Jones of The Monkees has died
Posted on 02/29/2012 11:36:18 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
Davy Jones, the lead singer of the 1960s group The Monkees, died of a massive heart attack Wednesday in Florida, his spokeswoman said. He was 66. His publicist, Helen Kensick, confirmed that he died in Indiantown, where he lived. Jones rose to fame in 1965 when he joined The Monkees, a British popular rock group formed for a U.S. television show. Jones sang lead vocals on songs like "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer." Jones was born Dec. 30, 1945, in Manchester, England. His long hair and British accent helped Jones achieve heartthrob status in the United States.
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That’s sad news, a sudden death, and he was not old.
No, an American rock group with a British lead singer. Is Garbage a Scottish group because the lead singer is from Scotland?
He was scheduled to appear here in March....
I saw him in concert in 2008. He was a good sport. Put on the original jacket he wore on the Brady Bunch when he sang “Girl.”
I used to watch their show when I was a kid... this is so sad. Hope he was spiritually prepared.
...And then I saw her face....Now I’m a Believer,
Without a trace....Of doubt in my mind....
Simple, no bullshit lyrics, that in their uncluttered elegance, say so much.
From a better America.
Real shame he was a good guy. I read last year he was campaigning to get the Monkees into the Rock N Roll Hall of fame but the RNR refused on the excuse that the “Monkees where not a real band who did not record their own music”.
Well what the hell do they think Madonna is? Madonna, who inexplicably IS in the RNR hall of fame?
A woman (if you can call her that) where just about all of her hit songs were written and recorded by other people? All she did was lay down her vocals..Hmmm, wow just like the Monkees! And unlike Madonna, the Monkees actually recorded/put out ROCK AND ROLL!
A few years ago I’m watching a DVD of the Beatles on Sullivan and one of the other acts is the cast from the B’way show Oliver!. This young kid is singing a duet with the star (someone or other Brown). As young as the kid is he’s bringing it off like and old hand. It occurred to me to wonder what happens to a kid that talented? Why have we not heard of him in latter years. I mean, he’s on B’way at about 12 years of age and acting quite the trouper. Where’d he go? Long story short: His name was Davey Jones. RIP dude.
When I was a kid in the sixties, people in their thirties were getting old; after all hadn’t they fought the Red Chinese on Pork Chop Hill way back when everything was still in black and white?
Now, somebody pushing seventy is young?
“Is Garbage a Scottish group because the lead singer is from Scotland?”
I dunno about that, but if so you could make a very strong case for Van Halen being a Dutch band since Alex and Eddie were born in the Netherlands...
That’s a Neil Diamond song. A lot of their stuff was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, too. Almost nothing of their own was on their records as far as I recall.
For death? Yeah. 13 years under life expectancy is definitely young to die.
“Now, somebody pushing seventy is young?”
Now that many of us live well into our seventies and even eighties, 66 is young by comparison.
Look at Helen Thomas. Still alive and she’s 433 years old.
Back in the late 70s the college I was attending decided—who knows why— to show a XXX movie at the student center. Davy Jones was in it.
Until they got away from Don Kirschner.
That’s what I keep telling myself.
The Boyce-Hart pop magic was always evident. Diamond, Carol King and Michael Murphy also contributed, along with some stellar work by top-drawer, LA session musicians.
I didn’t care for Nesmith’s songs very much; it seemed like he preferred the obtuse, “intelligent” route of his pal Frank Zappa.
To their credit, the Monkees themselves, did perform much of the music written for them, live.
As I recall, only Michael Nesmith was a true musician. Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Micky "elephant boy" Dolenz were all actors, and the Monkees were a fabricated band specifically for the television series.
Was it called “Spank the Monkey”?
You are correct they were a TV band BUT, it’s surprising how well their stuff holds up. I think Rino Reocrds puts out a “Best of the Monkees” compilation and its good. More than a few tunes make into my regular work out music rotation. The pop song writing was excellent and that’s what lasts.
Not true . Peter Tork began playing in high school ( in fact went to the same HS I graduated from ) . His Dad was a UConn prof .
He had one good song after he went solo and it was on his "Elephant Parts" video/album. I can't remember the name of the song but it was all about Lucy, Ramona and Sunset Sam.
As near as I can tell, Foreigner is considered a British rock group (although the lead singer is from Rochester, NY). But The Pretenders are considered a band from Ohio, even though all of them except Chrissy Hynde are Brits.
This really bums me out. On the bright side, I just had a great stress test result today at age 58. Rest in peace, Davy.
Yeah, but the founder, song writer and driving force behind Foreigner was Mick Jones, a Brit. He put the band together.
It’s all relative. When I was young, most people’s bodies were worn out by 60. I’m about to turn 63, and I play in a dance-rock band that kicks butt. I had girls in their 20’s making eyes at me from the dance floor last week.
My dad is 86 and still goes to his office most days. At 75 he could could still leave me behind on the black diamond runs at the ski slopes. He only stopped because my mom (84) has asthma and can’t go to the mountains anymore.
Times have changed.
I can’t believe Davy Jones of the Monkees has died! :,-( He was only 66 and was always so full of life! I and nearly every girl in America had a crush on him in the 60’s. <3 The Monkees’ TV show was fun to watch and their chart-topping music is worth listening to... I have their songs on my computer. This is really sad. :-(
I’m sorry to hear this. Still fairly young. Rest in peace Davy Jones.
A sizable portion of those session musicians were from Phil Spector’s “wrecking squad”.
Uh.... crew, not squad.
Maybe it has been a while...
This is sad to hear. No more monkeying around for him I guess.
The Monkey’s weren’t a British group.. They had a Brit singer.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?
Monkees - Daydream Believer -
“I’m a Believer featured Mickey Dolenz as lead vocalist. The song in which Davey Jones really made his vocalistic imprint was Daydream Believer”...
I was just making a GENERAL admiring comment about the Monkees music.
Thats what I keep telling myself.
Thanks for reminding about Michael Murphy I enjoy his songs.
Uh, no; let's not.
Nesmith did write “Different Drum” which was big for Linda Ronstadt. Around the same time. there was a short-lived act called “The Lewis & Clark Expedition” which consisted of Michael Murphy and a casual pal of mine from here in Nashville, Boomer Castleman.
Oh, and yes, Daydream Believer was indeed yet ANOTHER great song by the Monkees.
I didn’t know that.
Kudos, to Mr. Nesmith. That IS a good song with a nice flowing melody.
Prefab Four, they were called.
Nesmith went on to produce some excellent solo albums. Subsequently, he lost sight and recently regained it. See his Fakebook page.
paging David Bowie....your name is available for use again.
My “The Best Of” CD includes “Papa Gene’s Blues (Nesmith),
“Mary, Mary” (Nesmith), “The Girl I knew Somewhere” (Nesmith), “Randy Scouse Git (Dolenz), “For Pete’s Sake (Tork/Joseph Richards), “You May Just Be the One” (Nesmith), “Goin Down” (Tork/Diane Hilderbrand), and “Listen to the Band” (Nesmith).
I developed my crush on Davy in the 70’s watching Monkees reruns after school. I got to see them in the late 80’s when they came to Biloxi. Great show.
I’m a believer: The official music video
Another old favorite: Her Name Was Rodanne.
Both from his album "Elephant Parts," which won the first video album Grammy.
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