One of my earliest memories is of these four ridiculous musicians that always managed to get themselves into these impossible situations. The group was called The Monkees and they were an incredible television experiment for their time. Having been solely created for television, this fictional musical group became hugely popular in the late sixties and early seventies. Chief among them was a young man from Manchester, England named Davy Jones.
Jones began his acting career as a child appearing in a number of British Television productions before getting his big break in theatre in a production of Oliver in which he portrayed The Artful Dodger. While on tour with the company an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show changed his life forever. It happened to be the same day The Beatles appeared, and a young Davy Jones watched in awe from off stage as girls went crazy for the Fab Four.
After Oliver, Jones went on to make a few appearances on American Television shows before landing his role in The Monkees. From 1965 to 1971 Jones sang lead for the TV group releasing a number of songs including ‘Daydream Believer’ and ‘Last Train To Clarksville’. Both went to number one on the Billboard Top 100 Chart. After The Monkees went off the air Jones continued his music career later joining co-star Mickey Dolenz to perform with his group, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce, & Hart.
The Monkees reunited for Reunion Tours in 2001-2002 and for what would be their final tour in the Summer of 2011.
Davy Jones leaves behind four daughters. His mark on music,television, and pop culture will always be remembered.