Yet another piece of my childhood has gone…
Davy Jones, actor, singer, heart-throb, and former lead singer of The Monkees, has passed away this morning due to complications from a heart attack. He was 66 years old; he leaves behind a wife & four daughters.
Born David Thomas Jones in Manchester, England, Davy got his entertainment career start on the British stage production of Oliver! (based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens). His first television appearance was on the mainstay British soap opera Coronation Street at the age of 16.
From 1965 to 1971, Jones was a member of The Monkees, a pop-rock group formed expressly for a television show of the same name. With Screen Gems producing the series, Jones was shortlisted for auditions, as he was the only Monkee who was signed to a deal with the studio, but still had to meet producers Bob Rafelson’s and Bert Schneider’s standards. In February 2011, Jones mentioned rumours of another Monkees reunion. “There’s even talk of putting the Monkees back together again in the next year or so for a U.S. and UK tour,” he told Disney’s Backstage Pass newsletter. “You’re always hearing all those great songs on the radio, in commercials, movies, almost everywhere.” The tour came to fruition entitled, “An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour.”
In December 2008, Yahoo! named Davy the #1 Teen Idol of All Time.
I had the pleasure of meeting Davy Jones (along with his Monkees cohort, Micky Dolenz) at Connecticut’s Oysterfest back in the early 2000′s. Much like his Monkees persona, he was charming & affable, gladly obliging every autograph & photo request. When he took the stage, it was as though no time had passed between the first time he got onstage & the last…he was energetic, effusive, and grateful. The songs he sang may have been several decades old, but with such hits as “Daydream Believer,” they still sounded fresh & new.
In today’s disposable pop landscape, it says a lot that songs that are older than me (I was born in 1977) are still as relevant, and as fresh, as they were when they were first released.
Travel well, Davy. You may be gone from the charts — and now, alas, the Earth — but you are still in our hearts. You will be missed.