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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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That same year, the Monkees released the album Pool It!
Nesmith returned to the group in the mid-1990s for a successful tour and a new album, 1996’s Justus. While the new recording failed to make the charts, the Monkees previous albums have remained strong sellers over the years. The Best of the Monkees reached number 51 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2003.
Outside of his activities with the Monkees, Jones continued to act. He had a cameo in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and appeared on such shows as Boy Meets World, The Single Guy, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. On the London stage, Jones appeared in Oliver!—this time around playing Fagin. He also starred in a revival of Godspell as Jesus.
Known for his wit and warm sense of humor, Jones wrote several autobiographies, including 1987's They Made a Monkee Out of Me. He also owned several thoroughbred race horses. Music, however, has remained his main passion. He has recorded several solo albums, including 2001's Just Me.
In his later years, Jones spent much of the year on tour with his band. He released a collection of his most requested songs entitled Incredible Revisited in 2008. Jones also made numerous personal appearances to meet up with fans and participated in a number of sporting events for charity.
Active until the end, Jones died on February 29, 2012, in Florida. Several reports indicate that he suffered a heart attack. He is survived by his wife Jessica; his four daughters from previous relationships, Annabel, Talia, Jessica, and Sarah; and several grandchildren.
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