Davy Jones, the devil-may-care Monkee, died today of a massive heart attack in his Florida home. He was 66.
Riding the wave of the Beatles, the Monkees were born in 1966. Jones, a Brit, was placed in the Paul McCartney role. The Monkees were the creation of record producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider. With a stable of songwriters like Neil Diamond, the Monkees became an overnight sensation with an NBC sitcom and their likeness everywhere else.
Jones sang lead on several chart-topping hits including I’m a Believer and Daydream Believer.
WCBS-FM morning man Dan Taylor was saddened to learn of Jones’ passing.
“[He was] always a great performer. I’ve interviewed him several times, and I always enjoyed his stories.” Taylor tells FishbowlNY. “Especially how he had a school chum named Daniel Taylor.”
While The Monkees were deemed “bubble gum” by many, their music resonates with fans to this day, undoubtedly providing the same enjoyment that Jones had singing the songs for decades.
Jones further cemented his place in pop culture history with a widely popular guest shot on The Brady Bunch in 1971. He also appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995.
Jones is survived by his wife Jessica, and four daughters from previous marriages.
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