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Davy Jones is a singer and actor who found fame as the singer for the band the Monkees on the TV show by the same name.
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The name Davy Jones will forever conjure up images of the immensely popular, teen idol heartthrob from the Monkees.
The Monkees member Davy Jones will always be the cute singer and tambourine player with stars in his eyes. After The Monkees, he continued to his sing and act. Davy Jones passed away on 2/29/2012.
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The Monkees debuted on TV in September 1966, and Davy Jones attracted a lot of attention from fans for his charm and boyish good looks. Soon the Monkees scored on the music charts, and their albums sold millions of copies. Known for his wit and warm sense of humor, Jones has written several autobiographies, and 2009 list had Jones at No. 2 in a list of the 10 best teen idols.
A member of the Monkees, Davy Jones became a popular teen idol of the late 1960s. He started his acting career at the age of 11, winning a role on the popular British soap opera Coronation Street.
For a time, Jones trained to become a jockey but he gave it up to perform in the theater. He played the Artful Dodger in a London production of the musical Oliver! In 1963, Jones reprised the role for his Broadway debut. He received a Tony Award nomination for his performance that same year.
Jones landed a few television guest appearances and other roles before getting his big break. Along with Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Mickey Dolenz, he was selected for a new television series about a rock group modeled after the Beatles. The Monkees debuted in September 1966 and audiences adored the humorous antics of this manufactured band. Jones especially attracted a lot of attention from fans for his charm and boyish good looks.
It wasn't long before the Monkees scored on the music charts. Their version of Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer" and "Last Train to Clarksville" were their first number one hits. More successful singles followed, including another Neil Diamond tune, "Little Bit Me, Little Bit You," Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Pleasant Valley Sunday", and "Daydream Believer" by John Stewart of the Kingston Trio. Their albums sold millions of copies.
The Monkees even starred in their own feature film, Head (1968). Unfortunately for the so-called Pre-Fab Four, it was a dud at the box office. That same year, their series was canceled and Tork left the group. Jones and the remaining members soldiered on for a while, releasing 1969's Instant Replay before splitting up.
After the Monkees, Jones continued acting and singing. He released a self-titled album in 1971. That same year, Jones made a memorable appearance on the hit family sitcom The Brady Bunch as himself. He was teenager Marsha Brady's dream date for the prom. Jones had guest roles on a number of other shows, trading in on his popularity as a teen idol.
Returning to music, Jones teamed up with Dolenz and former Monkees songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. They released one album together in 1976, which failed to make much of an impression on the music buying public.
There was a renewed interest in the Monkees, however, in the 1980s. Some of their original recordings returned to the charts and Dolenz, Tork, and Jones reunited for a concert tour in 1986. That same year, the group released a greatest hits collection, Then and Now, which featured a new track, "That Was Then, This Is Now." Reruns of the group's series started airing on MTV in 1987, giving the band even more of a boost.
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