Davy Jones, lead singer of the 60’s pop group The Monkees died of a heart attack in Florida Wednesday morning. He was 66 years old. Jones’ publicist Helen Kensick confirmed his death to FOX News.
FOX News Radio’s Entertainment Correspondent Sabrina Sabbagh looks back on Jones’ life:
Davy Jones joined The Monkees in 1965 and was the lead voice behind hits like “Daydream Believer”. (song audio)
For a time, The Monkees rivaled The Beatles in popularity, especially among young girls. The Monkees hugely popular TV series was cast by producers who wanted to create a scripted series about an actual rock n’ roll band. After The Monkees disbanded, Jones continued to perform solo. He was also an accomplished actor. Appearing in episodes of “The Brady Bunch”, “My Two Dads”, and “Here Come The Brides”. Most recently, he had recorded songs for children’s books. (song audio)
A few years ago, Yahoo music named Jones the number one teen idol of all time. His last album featured classics and standards from the 40’s through the 70’s and was released in 2009. Davy Jones reportedly died of a heart attack. He was 66.
Sabrina Sabbagh, FOX News Radio.
Watch the Monkees “Daydream Believer” music video HERE:
Watch a clip from The Monkees TV show HERE:
Watch a clip of Davy Jones on “The Brady Bunch” HERE:
Davy Jones leaves behind a wife and four daughters from previous marriages.
Fellow bandmates released statements to The Monkees Facebook Fan page:
Statement from Mike Nesmith:
“All the lovely people. Where do they all come from? So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don’t know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don’t exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity. That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane. David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.”
Statement from Micky Dolenz:
“Can’t believe it…Still in shock…had bad dreams all night long. My love and prayers go out to Davy’s girls and family right now…”
Statement From Peter Tork:
“It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones. His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. My deepest sympathy to Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy. Peace and love, Peter T. “
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