Davy Jones Dies: Monkees Singer Dead at 66
Davy Jones, Singer from The Monkees, Dies from Heart Attack
Davy Jones, who gained worldwide fame as the singer of The Monkees, has died from a heart attack at his Florida home. Jones was 66 years old.
The Monkees were formed to star in a television series in 1966: they were a manufactured pop band meant to evoke The Beatles. Though derided as "The Pre-Fab Four", The Monkees influenced many future musicians: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe cites The Monkees as a huge influence.
The Monkees released 11 albums, the latest in 1996. Davy Jones' last performance was on February 19, 2012: you can see the video below.
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Some of The Monkees' biggest hits include:
- "Daydream Believer"
- The Monkees Theme ("Hey, hey, we're The Monkees...")
- "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (As heard on Scooby Doo)
- "I'm a Believer"
- "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone"
The Monkees actually met The Beatles when the Fab Four were recording Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Michael Nesmith had reportedly asked John Lennon "Do you think we're a cheap imitation of the Beatles, your movies and your records?"John Lennon replied, "I think you're the greatest comic talent since the Marx Brothers. I've never missed one of your programs."