The Monkees’ Davy Jones Dies Aged 66
Lead singer of 60s pop phenomenon The Monkees, Davy Jones, died yesterday (29th February 2012) after suffering from a massive heart attack. The Manchester born singer and actor leaves a legacy of hits including mobile DJ essentials ‘I’m A Believer’ and ‘Daydream Believer’.
The Monkees enjoyed huge success in the mid to late 60s with a TV show that was popular on both sides of the channel, which led to a string of hit records. The band released an incredible four albums within a thirteen month period, all of which went to the top of the US chart. The first two, ‘The Monkees’ and ‘More of the Monkees’, also went to the top of the UK charts, while the second two ‘Headquarters’ and ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.’peaked at number 2 and number 5 respectively. Although the band broke up in the early 70s they have regrouped a number of times over the years and Jones performed on their 45th Anniversary tour just last year.
Bandmates Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, along with many others from the music world, have already paid tribute to Davy. Drummer and vocalist Micky Dolenz said in a statement “I am in a state of shock; Davy and I grew up together and shared in the unique success of what became The Monkees phenomena. The time we worked together and had together is something I’ll never forget. He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime.” Meanwhile bassist Peter Tork said “It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones. His talents will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always … Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy…”
Jones died at his family home in Florida and is survived by his third wife Jessica, his four daughters, Talia Jones, Sarah McFadden, Jessica Cramar and Annabel Jones, and three grandchildren, Harrison and Lauren McFadden and Phoenix Burrows.
Published: 01 March 2012