British pop idol of the 60s and 70s Davy Jones has passed away at his home in Florida. He was 66 years-old.
Jones was born on December 30, 1945 in Manchester, England and was a jockey for a while but decided to pursue an acting career, including appearing on Coronation Street.
Jones is best known as the lead singer of the made-for-TV-band The Monkees. Jones, along with Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith were assembled for the sitcom about a Beatles-esque band and their wacky escapades.
The band was ridiculed at first but ended up producing some lasting pop tunes including “Daydream Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “I’m A Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”
“It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones,” Tork said in a Facebook posting.
“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.”
The show ended in 1968 but remained popular in reruns including getting a rebirth in the 80s on MTV.
Jones made a memorable appearance on The Brady Bunch in 1971 where Marcia (Maureen McCormick) was president of his fan club, promising to get him to appear at a school dance.
He is survived by his wife, Jessica and four daughters.
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