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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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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.
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