I found out on Facebook. That’s a testament to the times. Davy Jones has passed away at 66 years old. Sad news indeed. The medical examiners office and a spokesperson for Mr. Jones confirm that he died of a heart attack on February 29, 2012, in Indianatown, Florida, where he lived.
Although the Monkees network TV debut happened before I was born, and their show started airing during my first year, I remember them through re-runs, and I loved every minute of it. I even had a Monkees Hotwheel car.
The Monkees: Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, Miky Dolenz and Davy Jones.
Each member of that Built-for-TV band was a unique character; each a talented entertainer and musician. As a young drummer and budding guitarist I was hooked on those shows. I don’t recall much of the story lines, but what I do recall is the feeling of fun and happiness I felt as I watched. It was okay, things were okay, we could have fun and be free; be ourselves.
Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones each had an impact on me in some way, mostly musically and vocally, but some other traits of their personalities resonated with me and to this day I think of them each in a particular way.
Dolenz speaks to my free-spirited side, and experimental side. He had such a hectic, loose-ends type of personality, but at the same time you knew there was some sort of genius at work in there.
Peter Tork resonates with a folky vibe. He’s an accomplished, versatile, multi-instrumentalist, as well as a fun-loving type, and in that way he inspires my quirky musical side.
Mike Nesmith always seemed more serious. The straight man in the show a lot of the time, he seemed to be the mature, serious artist putting up with the shenanigans of the seemingly loose-ended wacky guys he was grouped with.
Davy Jones. Sad news of his passing. He had the clear, clean voice, soaring and delicate. The band as a whole had an unmistakable sound. Micky’s voice was very unique and immediately recognizable. Davey’s voice had a unique quality as well, and likewise, was easy to identify.
The Monkees developed into a special band of talented, fun musicians, each with a very unique personality. Davy Jones will be missed. He and the Monkees have a special place In the Heart of America.