Manchester born, Davy Jones, died Wednesday in Florida of an apparent heart attack at the age of 66. Many of us remember Jones as the British front man for The Monkees, the American Beatles alternative band put together in 1965 for a television series following the 1964 release of the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night feature film.
Tributes have been pouring in from all corners of the music world including his former Monkees bandmates.
Mike Nesmith, guitarist
– “So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don’t know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings. David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels”.
Peter Tork, Monkees bass guitar player
– “It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones. His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. Adios to the Manchester Cowboy”.
Mickey Dolenz, Drumer and singer
– Talking to CNN, Dolenz said the band had left a tour last year on a huge high note. “He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart.”
Jones’ family, his wife, four daughters and three grandchildren released this statement:
– “While we are deeply saddened by our loss, we give thanks and find comfort in our memories.
Davy loved to laugh each day, and we know he would want his fans to remember him with laughter and not tears. You all meant such a lot to him.”
Jones acting career began on the British soap opera, Coronation Street in 1961. Interestingly, on 9 February 1964, Jones appeared with the Broadway cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show, the same episode on which The Beatles made their first appearance. For me, who can ever forget Jones playing himself in that memorable episode of The Brady Bunch as Marsha Brady’s heartthrob.
A number of public television stations will be re-broadcasting the 2011 produced 60’s Rock, Pop and Soul: My Music special in which Jones both performs and hosts, along with Herman Hermits’ Peter Noone, during their fundraising campaigns. A great time to remember someone we all grew up with and support public broadcasting at the same time.