Posted by John Allen Small on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Under: Pop Culture
Just heard the sad news that Davy Jones of the Monkees has passed away at the age of 66. It was odd because I was listening to one of his songs with the Monkees - "Early Morning Blues And Greens," from the Headquarters album - when I got the news. The Monkees was my favorite rock group when I was a kid; I'm one of those first generation fans who can remeber (albeit just barely) when the group was still recording and the TV series was just wrapping up its original run. The Monkees were my introduction to that type of music and paved the way for my discovery of the Beatles and others of the period. (Remember, I was a little kid at the time.) To be honest Davy wasn't my favorite member of the group - I was a Michael Nesmith man pretty much from the beginning - but that said Davy had lead vocal on a number of my favorite Monkees songs... particularly "Daydream Believer," written by John Stewart of my OTHER favorite music group, The Kingston Trio. Stewart and Jones are both gone now; it's nice to think of them singing together somewhere over on the Other Side.
It's funny to think about the cultural impact created by this group that was so smugly dismissed by the critics of the day; for a time their actually outsold the Beatles, and Davy Jones is the only actor i know of who can boast of having co-starred with both The Brady Bunch and Scooby-Doo and the Gang. Jimi Hendrix was the opening act for the Monkees on one of their concert tours, and Davy is the reason another singer from England gained fame under the name David Bowie. (Bowie's real name is David Jones but he changed it to avoid confusion with the Monkees member.) And interestingly enough, prior to his involvement with the Monkees project, he appeared with the Broadway cast ofOliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show on the very same night in 1964 that the Beatles made their first appearance.
Even now that I'm pushing 50 I still prefer the music of the Monkees to that of so many other rock groups. Time has claimed another icon from my youth. Cheer up, Sleepy Jean...
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