R.I.P. Davy Jones, 1945 - 2012
Already a renowned stage performer who'd scored a Tony
nomination, Jones auditioned in 1965 to be on a TV show based on the same
comedic travails of a band that the Beatles had explored in A Hard Day's
Night. That show (and real-life band) became the Monkees, the quartet
he played in well after the show had ended in 1968.
The Monkees' official run ended in 1971, with the bizarre, Animal Collective-predating cult-classic film Head mystifying theaters in 1968. But there were two Monkees reunions in 1986 and 1996, and Jones continued performing Monkees songs and solo material and guesting on TV shows as himself, as well as writing a few memoirs, including the wonderfully titled They Made a Monkee Out of Me.
Jones is survived by four daughters and his third wife,
Jessica. In 2008, Yahoo! Music ranked him as the greatest teen idol of all time.
"You and I"
"Last Train to Clarksville"
Jones' audition for The Monkees
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