Davy Jones passed away this morning at the age of 66 of a heart attack in Indian Town, Florida. The Martin County, FL sheriff’s department released a statement that stated, according to a witness, Jones “began to complain of not feeling well and having trouble breathing” earlier in the day. Paramedics transported Jones to Martin Health System hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The statement also says “there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death,” and that the medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.
The Monkees hold special memories for me, as their T.V. show was in repeats continually in my youth. I watched every episode multiple times on KTLA-Los Angeles, and the thought of Davy Jones and the Monkees just makes me smile. Thanks Davy. The Monkees TV show really was a forerunner to videos and MTV. There wasn’t any other shows like it.
Born in Manchester, England, Jones began acting as a young boy, appearing on British TV and onstage in London’s West End in the role of the Artful Dodger in Oliver! After he appeared with the Oliver! cast on The Ed Sullivan Show, Jones was signed to a contract with Screen Gems. When Screen Gems decided to produce a TV series about a rock and roll band, Jones got an immediate audition, and landed a part after meeting with producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider.
Known as the “Prefab Four,” Jones and The Monkees: Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz, sold millions of albums thanks to the hit TV series, which ran through 1968. Jones in particular became a teen idol.
After The Monkees disbanded, Jones continued a solo career, but would reunite on and off with his former band mates for a variety of tours and appearances up to the present day. He also continued his acting career, both onstage and on TV. His appearance on The Brady Bunch was particularly memorable, and he also appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie. In addition to live TV work, Jones also lent his voice to animated series like SpongeBob Squarepants.
Jones, who had worked as a jockey in his youth, came full circle by owning and training race horses later in his career. He also continued to record, with his most recent disc, Just Me, released in 2010.
Also, as any rock trivia buff knows, Jones’ mid-sixties popularity with The Monkees is the reason why an up-and-coming singer-songwriter named David Jones changed his name to David Bowie.
The Monkees” may have only lasted just two seasons, but the success of the show spawned national tours and 11 studio albums. R.I.P. Davy Jones, the lead singer, and resident tambourine player
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said flowers in honor of Jones would be placed on The Monkees’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday afternoon.
His former bandmates shared their thoughts, as did many others via twitter:
‘That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you,’ Michael Nesmith posted on his Facebook page Wednesday. ‘I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality … 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.’
Mickey Dolenz wrote on his facebook page: “Can’t believe it…Still in shock…had bad dreams all night long. My love and prayers go out to Davy’s girls and family right now.” He added, “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. My condolences go out to his family.”
Fellow Monkee 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 talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. My deepest sympathy to [his wife] Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy. Peace and love, Peter T.’
Beatle Ringo Starr also issued a short statement: ‘God bless Davy. Peace & love to his family, Ringo.’ ”
Slash (@Slash): That’s sad news about Davey Jones, he will be missed.
The Who (@TheWho): RIP Davey Jones.
Three Dog Night (@threedognight): RIP Davey Jones.
Dee Snider (@deesnider): Davey Jones of the Monkees died. Sad. I have great memories of him from my childhood and a VH1 Thanksgiving show I did with him. RIP Davey.
Shooter Jennings (@ShooterJennings): met Davy Jones at Johnny Cash’s house when I was young. I watched The Monkees religiously. Their cut of Nilsson’s “Cuddly Toy” killed. RIPDJ
Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho): Sad to hear about Davy Jones! I was a HUGE Monkees fan in the 70s and early 90s. FYI- Chekovs hairstyle on Star Trek was based on Davy’s
Yeasayer (@Yeasayer): RIP Davey Jones… Check out Head. The trippiest movie ever! http://t.co/TSFOgm5e.
Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt): Wait, wait — can’t we swab Marcia Brady’s cheek and grow a NEW Davey Jones from the DNA? She promised to never wash it…
Here’s some of the best of Davy Jones: