Monkee Davy Jones dead at 66

Davy Jones, the lead singer for the 1960s pop group The Monkees, has died. He suffered a heart attack at his home in Florida this morning before being rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at the age of 66. Born in England, he rose to fame in the U.S. when he was hired to play one of the four members of a fictional band in the 1966 sitcom The Monkees. They subsequently appeared in teen magazines and went on tour, writing and performing their own music. In 1967, they outsold both the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Since the show ended in 1968, Davy has reunited with the other members of the band — Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork — to tour in both his native Britain and North America. Standing only 5’3″, Davy was originally a jockey, but shortly after made his way on to the stage, where he played the Artful Dodger in the musical “Oliver!”. From there he went to Broadway where he was discovered by an American producer and cast in The Monkees. Jones, who married three times, leaves behind his current wife Jessica, four children from his first two marriages and two grandchildren.

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  1. Jack Davis • February 29, 2012 @ 4:15 PM

    That is sad news! Davy and the Monkeys provided me with lots of entertainment in the 60s and were lots of laughs! RIP Davy!

  2. 4thjet • February 29, 2012 @ 4:35 PM

    Well I’m bummed!
    Grew up with the Monkees and we all loved Davy!
    Saw him on Dr. Phil not too long ago too and he still looked fabulous!

    Great entertainer and funny guy, you will be missed by many!

  3. John • February 29, 2012 @ 5:50 PM

    Guess there won’t be anymore Monkees reunions…maybe these guys will finally be able to let go of the dream now

  4. MusicBuff • February 29, 2012 @ 5:51 PM

    Does this mean everyone will stop talking about Whitney Houston now??

  5. !!! • February 29, 2012 @ 5:54 PM

    Such a sad loss! I’ve been a Monkees fan from the beginning…they made some really great music that’s for sure

  6. Irmgard Upmanis • February 29, 2012 @ 6:03 PM

    I loved the Monkees when I was a kid; in fact, I still enjoy their music. Sadly, time does march on. R.I.P., Davy!

  7. nadine • March 1, 2012 @ 8:18 AM

    so sad….

  8. Andy Bean David • March 1, 2012 @ 8:44 AM

    The 1st album I ever bought was in ’67. “Theme From The Monkees”. It was monorial. They hadn’t come out with stereo until the next album, “Monkees Headquarters”. My friends & I would air band to all their songs. I was Peter Tork (bass). Funny, I’m 52 yrs. old & I still play bass guitar. RIP, Davy Jones.

  9. Mary Auld • March 1, 2012 @ 9:11 AM

    What a shame!! He seemed like such a nice guy, very upbeat and peppy!! Was not a Monkees fan but did like his personality and his singing. Find it hard to believe they ever outsold the Rolling Stones and Beatles tho’. Too young to die.

  10. darlene bedard • March 1, 2012 @ 9:31 AM

    I am so sorry I grew up with these guys they were really funny with their antics and the songs were fabulous will miss the little guy we all love you.

  11. Corinne • March 1, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

    Sigh. My heart is broken.

  12. Stephanie • March 1, 2012 @ 10:22 AM

    I have no idea who this guy is (a little before my time) but sounds like he was quite the entertainer. Can anyone reccomend any good songs I can check out??

  13. NomNom • March 1, 2012 @ 11:49 AM

    I remember seeing him on Boy Meets world with the other Monkees. Guy was hilarious. R.I.P.

  14. Jan • March 1, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

    I am 52 and grew up watching Davy and the guys on T.V. I even have his album and used to play it over and over again. Loved listening to him sing and used to look at the teen magazine pictures of him and dream….

    R.I.P. Davy and thanks for entertaining us.

  15. Darlene • March 1, 2012 @ 12:20 PM

    i had the pleasure of meeting Davy in 1987. Very nice and so very easy going! Go resr high on that mountain Davy.

  16. Skittle • March 1, 2012 @ 1:35 PM

    66 is far too young to be gone. Such a great performer. You are sadly missed, but will be remembered for many generations to come! The music in heaven is sounding alittle better today!

  17. Shirley Graham • March 1, 2012 @ 1:44 PM

    I loved the Monkees and really liked Davy and Mickey. Will miss him. Click on my name for a YouTube link that has some of their songs

  18. Nana • March 1, 2012 @ 2:21 PM

    yes they were in my time also when growing up in Scotland .they were awsome, and his tv show which came later,at least one star that stayed clean wow

  19. Rita • March 1, 2012 @ 2:28 PM

    WOW!! I can’t believe it!I am sad about this. Just Love/Loved his and the Monkees songs!! Thats going to be Difficult for his former Monkee band mates to hear of his passing!!

  20. JIM PERRIN • March 1, 2012 @ 2:45 PM

    very sad davy god bless you you will missedf
    from jim perrin jr

  21. Christine Ilott • March 1, 2012 @ 2:54 PM

    Good-bye Davy! Thanks for the memories! For those of you not familiar with the Monkees, I recommend Daydream Believer, I’m a Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, Pleasant Valley Sunday.

  22. Kim • March 1, 2012 @ 4:11 PM

    I am so sad to hear that. I watch the monkey going up and Davy was my fav. Great songs and we will always have them

    Kim from Canada

  23. LuvMyVamps! • March 1, 2012 @ 5:13 PM

    He was also the guy who stole David Bowie’s original name…

  24. Winnie Green • March 1, 2012 @ 7:45 PM

    I remember my older brother buying their first album with rolled up penny’s he had saved for a very long time. My mother helped him at the counter because my brother was not tall enough to see the store clerk,

    Good By Davy and Thanks

  25. Liz • March 1, 2012 @ 8:07 PM

    I grew up watching the monkees afterschoolfrom gr 5 in 1967 until 68, Davey was my crush.
    May he RIP, and my condolances to his family

  26. Jean • March 1, 2012 @ 8:13 PM

    So sad! My condolences to his family, he will be missed.

  27. Brian • March 1, 2012 @ 9:16 PM

    This really is a bummer!! the Monkees were totaly hilaroius. I watched them as a kid also. I wanted to be a singer and play guitar so bad that finally in 1980 i started to do just that!!. Thanks Davy for the inspiration. You will surely be missed…and way to damn young to be gone!!

  28. Sophia,M.,McConnery • March 1, 2012 @ 10:33 PM

    This was a huge part of my childhood.He will be sorely missed.I have not been able to think of anything else for the last 2 days.My very young years were BEATLES,MONKEYS,and other Brit invasion bands.I am still in shock!

  29. Evelyn Beatson • March 1, 2012 @ 10:48 PM

    I’m very sorry to hear about Davey. The Monkees were my favorite band when I was 11 years old, I went to see them back then! He was so upbeat and cute!

  30. Liz • March 1, 2012 @ 11:53 PM

    R.I.P little Davy…heaven now has another angel.

  31. angela mckeown • March 2, 2012 @ 12:10 AM

    My sisters and I enjoyed the Monkeys music.
    It doesn’t get old, day dream believer was playing on the radio and my little niece squealed out “I love this song!” It really surprised me that she even knew it.
    He will live on in his music.

  32. Elizabeth Peterson • March 2, 2012 @ 1:05 AM

    Sad news I really enjoyed watching the Monkeys I would be sure to be in front of my TV when I knew the show was about to be on he was a wonderful actor and great musician

  33. Elizabeth Peterson • March 2, 2012 @ 1:07 AM

    Sweet Dream Believer one of my favourites Davey is now singing in heaven with the angels

  34. Cheryl K • March 2, 2012 @ 3:43 AM

    I always had a crush on Davy Jones.I loved watching their show also like alot of others.Sixty-six is to young to go. R.I.P. Davy. And condolences to the Family.

  35. melanie • March 2, 2012 @ 8:45 AM

    are all the monkees dead now?

  36. Wendy • March 2, 2012 @ 3:35 PM

    First peek was when he was on Coronation Street at age 15….then on London Stage at The Artful Dodger in Oliver….then came all that fun to dance to music!! He WILL be SO missed.

  37. Samsquanch • March 3, 2012 @ 10:36 AM

    I first got to know the Monkees in middle school during the 80s when Muchmusic showed the reruns. It was such a great show and all my classmates, and a whole new generation got to enjoy the Monkess. Their music is great but underrated because people assumed they were not real musicians – totally false. My favourite Monkees songs are the ones performed by Davey Jones. Peace be with you brother!

  38. Valerie Koyanagi • March 3, 2012 @ 7:55 PM

    My 1st LP record was given to me by my dad I was in grade 6 & my dad loved Mike’s guitar work!! Didn’t hurt that they sang a song named after me “Valerie” I read many teen magts & he was m fav!! Didn’t hurt that I was only 5′ tall. Davey You will be missed!!!

  39. CC David • March 5, 2012 @ 3:03 PM

    Sorry to hear about Davey, another incredible,Talent loss, and,so young… the Monkees were a fun & Talented Group. I loved their TV Show. My Prayers and Condolences to Davey’s Families, The Monkees Group & their Families, that they will find peace and understanding in the comforting arms of God and cherish the good-time memories and savor each moment of their lives until they re-unite.
    Your Music is timeless Davey, as are you.. gone but never forgotten, thanks for the memories,

    Respectfully,

    Moi

  40. Linda • March 6, 2012 @ 1:32 PM

    Oh Davy… i loved you so as a teen ….Tigerbeat magazine centerfolds all over my bedroom…Condolences to your family friends and fans…you will be missed

  41. Richard Paquette • March 6, 2012 @ 6:57 PM

    I just could not believe it when I heard. What a great lost. What a bunch of great entertainer The Monkees were in the 60’s. I live my teens watching them.I’l miss you R.I.P Davey. Fan from Quebec,Canada

  42. JIM PERRIN • March 9, 2012 @ 3:54 PM

    we will no question

  43. So Sad Sam • March 10, 2012 @ 3:27 AM

    I am totally shocked to read that today, I do not read my email often so that makes it worse. I had the biggest crush on Mickey just like all the women. He was handsome full of life with a sweet nature.
    He will be missed in my heart and I am sure of many hearts!!
    Sorry to see you go Mickey.. but we know you are in a better place than us… see you up there… I hope!
    So Sad Sam 🙁

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