Davy Jones, 1946-2012

So sorry to hear about the sudden death of Davy Jones, best known as the “cute one” in The Monkees.

Just a few weeks ago, I stayed up too late one night watching a biography on Davy Jones, and I found him impossible to dislike. Just on the basis of watching that show, I became an instant fan.

His public image — the “cute one” in a silly TV show — is far from a full summation of his life. Well before anybody had even thought about The Monkees. Davy Jones was a Broadway star at 16, playing the lead in “Oliver” and nominated for a Tony Award. Obviously, already a proven entertainer. He lived on his own, away from his family, in New York City — he was 16, mind you — and started buying things for his family back home: a house, a car or two.

C.G. Hill at Dustbury has some further thoughts on Davy Jones that are worth checking out, and a video from the TV show featuring Jones’ vocals on “It’s a Little Bit Me, It’s a Little Bit You”.

My condolences to his friends and family. Davy Jones was 66.

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