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Davy Jones of The Monkees Dead at 66

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Davy Jones of The Monkees Dead at 66
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And then there were three.

Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz – The Monkees were a made-for-television pop band that held a great fan base long after their TV show ended. Today, those fans received the sad news that Davy Jones had died in his home of a massive heart attack in his sleep. He was 66.

Jones, born in Manchester, England, was the lead singer of of the group. He said he got his start in music after he appeared on an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show with a theater troupe he was in. That same episode was the night of the Beatles first appearance. Jones said of that night, “I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, ‘This is it. I want a piece of that!’”

Jones was a member of The Monkees from 1965-1971. In 2011, they did a 45th Anniversary Tour. The Monkees were known for such hits as “Last Train to Clarksville”, “Daydream Believer”, “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, “I’m a Believer”, and of course “The Theme From the Monkees”.

People used to scoff at the idea of a band put together by television producers having hit songs. Now it’s commonplace for acts to be put together based on demographics and marketing studies.

Trivia: Singer David Bowie was born David Jones, and was billed as Davy Jones in the early days of his career. He changed his name to avoid confusion with the massively popular Monkee.

“Last Train to Clarksville” was a hit for The Monkees in 1966.

You can sign Davy Jones memorial guestbook here: http://www.famousdead.com/davy-jones/

Upon news of the passing of Jones, people took to Twitter to express their dismay and sadness.

The Monkees at the Puyallup Fair was my first concert ever. So great! I wore my Levi’s jacket with The Monkees logo on the back #davyjones 6 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

My missus said #davyjones was dead. I thought she was jokin. But then I saw her face. 16 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

there is one less good Monkee out there #rip #davyjones Marcia Brady is #crushed 17 minutes ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

there is one less good Monkee out there #rip #davyjones Marcia Brady is #crushed 17 minutes ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Sad to hear the passing of #DavyJones – GREAT memories growing up watching The Monkees. #DaydreamBelieverSorelyMissed 57 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Marcia Brady you are in my thoughts #davyjones 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

RIP the original daydream believer #davyjones 11 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

#DavyJones passed? *cries* There goes my pre-adolecense. Guess hr took “The Last Train to Clarksville”. :( 13 minutes ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Just found out that #davyjones from the monkees was related to my dad! #shocker #claimtofame 7 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Davy Jones dead at 66. Very sad. Remember watching the Monkees when I was a tween. #davyjones 7 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

So sad to hear of the passing of #DavyJones #Monkees. Saw him a few months back – he was terrific! RIP Davy! 7 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Davy Jones of The Monkees Dead at 66
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  • George Vreeland Hill

    RIP Davy and thanks for the memories.

    George Vreeland Hill