|Music and mayhem with The Monkees. Image: ULIKE.|
I was very sad to hear of the totally unexpected death yesterday of actor/musician and The Monkees star Davy Jones, at the far, far too young age of 66. I always enjoyed his and the gangs madcap mixture of visual comedy and music, in a pre-MTV era, within their popular and colourful TV shows of the sixties, which I fondly recall were constantly aired on the BBC in the seventies and eighties in afternoon kiddie slots, and swiftly becoming iconic for several generations. Originally created by US TV and pop management to cash in on the the superstar, super money making success of The Beatles, The Monkees (comprising Jones, Pete Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith) arrival in 1966 quickly superceeded such trashy, commercially conceived origins to became a unique and much liked hit all of their own, with memorable chart-topping songs like Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville and Pleasant Valley Sunday to back up that success-singles that continue to be appreciated by all kinds of music fans worldwide, and further inspirational to successive musicians.
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With Mister Jones passing, this is surely the end of The Monkees after on and off years of the band getting together in popular concert reunions, but their TV shows and music will live on for a very, very long time to come...
Thank you for the music.
Tributes: BBCRemembering Davy Jones, 1945-2012 (1:16) - The Washington Post News - The Monkees lead Davy Jones tributes
Davy Jones obituary | Music | The Guardian