The Monkees singer Davy Jones passed away this week, he was just 66-years-old.
Jones died at Martin Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Joining The Monkees in 1965 Jones and his band mates would go on to sell millions of records on the strength of the hits “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer.”
The Monkees are best known to millions of fans for their television show of the same name which ran on NBC from September 1966 to March 1968.
Born in Openshaw, Manchester, England on 30 December 1945 Jones began his career as an actor at 16-years-old when he appeared on the British TV soap opera Coronation Street, he then went on to appear in the BBC police series Z-Cars.
After auditioning for a role as a member of The Monkees Davy Jones joined the group and continued to tour and appear in various specials with his fellow bandmates from 1965 to 1971. During his time with the Monkee’s he sang lead vocals on some of the groups biggest hits including “I Wanna Be Free” and “Daydream Believer.” After The Monkees disbanded he toured as a solo artist for a while before rejoining fellow Monkee bankmate Micky Dolenze, along with songwriters s Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hartas for the short lived Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart.
Years later Davy Jones would tour with various incarnations of The Monkees. In 2011 Davy Jones hinted at a possible Monkees reunion that was said to be in the works.
Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and 4 daughters from previous marriages.
Here’s a video of The Monkees performing Daydream Believer:
Here’s a more recent video of Davy Jones singing “It’s Nice To Be With You”:
What was your favorite Monkees song?