Davy Jones of The Monkees dies aged 66
Published: 1st Mar 2012 01:21:29
Davy Jones, Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, has died aged 66, his publicist has confirmed.
He died in his sleep at his home in Florida. His publicist, Deborah Robicheau, said he had had a massive heart attack.
Brought together for a US TV series in 1966, Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork hits included Daydream Believer and I'm a Believer.
Jones was married three times and had four daughters.
The Monkees' TV show was popular in both the US and the UK, and the band had four number one albums in a 13-month period.
They were famous for their clean-cut image and were marketed as the American answer to The Beatles, notching up nine top 40 hits.
Three of the band's original members - Jones, Dolenz and Tork - reunited last year to play a series of gigs.
The son of a railway fitter, David Thomas Jones was born in 1945 in Manchester.
He appeared aged 11 on soap opera Coronation Street, playing Ena Sharples's grandson.
He also had a role in the television series Z Cars, but when his mother died of emphysema in 1960, he left showbusiness to train as a jockey.
Basil Foster, the jockey who acted as his mentor, noticed Jones's skill as a performer and encouraged him to pursue his acting career.
He returned to acting with a role in a West End production of Oliver! After it transferred to Broadway, he built up a career as an actor and singer before auditioning for The Monkees.
Music journalist Paul Gambaccini described Jones as having "phenomenal" charisma and said that in 2008, he was voted the top teen idol of all time by Yahoo! Music.
"The pop world at that time loved The Beatles and that north-western English sound was something that America wanted, when they put together the so-called Pre-Fab Four," he said, referring to the nickname given to The Monkees.
Gambaccini said The Monkees had been put together by the music industry, something which was unheard of at that time.
"There had been individual teen idols who had been literally picked up off the street and groomed to be popstar, but there had never been a band that was put together, and they were assembled because the two producers had liked A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles' movie."
Radio presenter Dave Lee Travis said: "One of the things that people will probably be thinking about Davy Jones is, the fact that he was 66. He always looked like a little kid. I think even in his latter years he looked very, very young."
DJ Dave Lee Travis pays tribute to Davy Jones
He described The Monkees as "a lot of fun" and as a band which overcame its critics.
Ricky Wilson, of the Kaiser Chiefs, speaking at the NME awards, said Jones would be missed.
He said about Jones and The Monkees: "It was just some guys having fun. Not in the sort of forced, manufactured way, although many would say they were the first manufactured band.
"I think there's something infectious about guys looking like that and having fun: The tunes, you can't argue with them."
A former apprentice jockey in Newmarket, Jones remained a keen horseman all his life, winning his first race in England as a jockey in 1996. He also trained horses.
Jones also wrote short stories, poetry, and was interested in photography.
At 00:35:56 in ScotlandWith an international museum, a new train station, a marina and an enormous park all in the pipeline, there is no end to the ambition in the masterplan city planners have drawn up for the Dundee waterfront. They are even looking at building an urban beach which doubles as an ice rink.
At 00:34:35 in ScotlandThe Scottish government has announced a women-only Scottish cabinet event to debate issues related to the independence referendum.
At 00:32:30 in HeadlinesTeachers are warning that CCTV safety cameras are being misused by senior staff as a way of spying on lessons.
At 00:22:37 in TechnologyStick a bunch of people in a room with pizza, caffeine and a whole load of kit, wait 24 hours and something interesting emerges.
At 00:17:52 in HeadlinesHigh temperatures, poor ventilation and lack of drinking water in schools can make the menopause particularly tough for teachers, a conference will hear.
At 00:16:23 in HealthThe demand for bigger buttocks in Venezuela means some women will even have banned injections to achieve them, putting their health at risk.
At 00:10:58 in WorldOrdering a cup of tea in Paris is a bit like asking for pastis in a British pub. You probably won't get what you came for.
At 00:07:26 in HeadlinesThe Archbishop of Canterbury will highlight the suffering of people facing conflict around the world during his Easter sermon.
At 23:43:47 in EnglandPolice have launched a murder inquiry after a 27-year-old man who was injured in fight outside a West Midlands pub, died in hospital.
At 23:05:03 in HeadlinesIran has condemned a US decision to seize a Manhattan skyscraper belonging to a non-profit organisation with alleged links to the Tehran government.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Davy Jones of The Monkees dies aged 66 [Online] (Updated 1st Mar 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1414897/Davy-Jones-of-The-Monkees-dies-aged-66 [Accessed 20th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning powered to victory in the women's pair at the British rowing trials at Caversham.
With an international museum, a new train station, a marina and an enormous park all in the pipeline, there is no end to the ambition in the masterplan city planners have drawn up for the Dundee waterfront. They are even looking at building an urban beach which doubles as an ice rink.
Two men have been seriously injured in a crash involving a motorcycle and a truck towing a boat in Ceredigion.
The demand for bigger buttocks in Venezuela means some women will even have banned injections to achieve them, putting their health at risk.
The Scottish government has announced a women-only Scottish cabinet event to debate issues related to the independence referendum.
Stick a bunch of people in a room with pizza, caffeine and a whole load of kit, wait 24 hours and something interesting emerges.