Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dead

British singer Davy Jones (member of The Monke...

Monkees singer Davy Jones. ... Image via Wikipedia

A bit of sad news. As reported by TMZ, longtime Monkees lead singer Davy Jones died yesterday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 66.

The Monkees—Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork—exploded onto the scene in the mid-1960s, with Jones becoming the original TV heartthrob. I have great memories of my sister and I watching the TV show (in reruns, in the ’80s) featuring the band, the four guys getting into all sorts of trouble, being chased by bad guys and engaging in all sorts of hijinks. She and I really enjoyed that show.

I guess the show was a revolutionary concept: a scripted sitcom featuring an actual rock ‘n’ roll band that was assembled specifically for the show. Of course, the band didn’t stay confined to the show, doing all sorts of tours and records and becoming a sensation in the U.S. and beyond. The Monkees were so popular, in fact, that in 1967 they outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. As for Jones, he was so popular that another rising pop star, David Jones, was forced to change his name—to David Bowie.

This Chicago Sun-Times article on Jones and the Monkees is great, covers a lot of ground in a relatively short space, including some interesting tidbits that probably a lot of people never knew.

Rest in peace, Davy.

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