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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

R.I.P. Davy Jones, 1945 - 2012

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM


Davy Jones of the Monkees, who sang such widely known hits as "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," and "Valleri," died of

a heart attack this morning. He was 66.

Already a renowned stage performer who'd scored a Tony

nomination, Jones auditioned in 1965 to be on a TV show based on the same

comedic travails of a band that the Beatles had explored in A Hard Day's

Night. That show (and real-life band) became the Monkees, the quartet

he played in well after the show had ended in 1968.

Jones was best known for

playing the heartthrob despite being "short" (as noted in the memorable

studio-chatter intro to "Daydream Believer") and as somewhat of a lighthearted

foil to stoic guitarist Michael Nesmith. Jones sang tunes penned by such legendary songwriters as Carole

King,Harry Nilsson, and Neil Diamond. Even Neil Young contributed an awesomely

psychedelic guitar solo to 1969's memorably toxic "You and I," which could be

seen as the vengeful parting shot of the "Prefab Four": "We'll be gone and

someone new will take our pla-ace!"

The Monkees' official run ended in 1971, with the bizarre,

Animal Collective-predating cult-classic film Head

mystifying theaters in 1968. But there were two Monkees reunions in 1986 and

1996, and Jones continued performing Monkees songs and solo material and guesting on

TV shows as himself, as well as writing a few memoirs, including the wonderfully

titled They Made a Monkee Out of Me.

Jones is survived by four daughters and his third wife,

Jessica. In 2008, Yahoo! Music ranked him as the greatest teen idol of all time.

"Daydream Believer"

"You and I"


"Last Train to Clarksville"

Jones' audition for The Monkees


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