Saturday, 3 March 2012

R.I.P. Davy Jones

Davy Jones, singer for late-60s band The Monkees, died this week at the age of 66. Labelled the "cute monkee", he wasn't especially instrumentally talented (he played tambourine when not on vocals), but was part of a family-friendly phenomenon that gave carefree pop to its loving fans.

Davy Jones was born in 1945 and he began his career as an actor on various British television shows. After a casting as 'the Artful Dodger' in a West End production of Oliver!, his vocal talents were noticed and Jones appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show among others. At the young age of 21 he started his famous role as the Monkees' frontman- playing tambourine and singing on hits like 'Daydream Believer' and  'I Wanna Be Free.'

According to his publicist, Jones died of a heart attack at his home in Florida. Here is appearing as himself on the Brady Bunch Show, where he attended Marcia's prom to save her from social ruin.

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