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DAVY JONES OF THE MONKEES PASSES AWAY AT AGE 66 1st March 2012
Davy Jones, the front man of The Monkees died on Wednesday after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in Florida, Davy's long time publicist Deborah Robicheau confirmed. He was aged 66.
We know that the Monkees are most defintely not Heavy Metal but we felt a tribute to him was in order.
Born in Manchester, England, Jones was married three times and had four daughters and was the lone British member and principal teen idol of the rock quartet.
The Monkees - Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork - were brought together for a US TV series in 1966 and wrote a string of hits including 'Daydream Believer' and 'I'm A Believer'.
The band, famous for their clean-cut image and marketed as the American answer to The Beatles, had four number one albums in a 13-month period and notched up nine top 40 hits.
At the age of 11 years he appeared on Coronation Street, playing Ena Sharples' grandson and also played a role in the television series Z Cars, but when his mother died of emphysema in 1960, he left show business to train as a jockey in Newmarket. He remained a keen horseman all his life, winning his first race in England as a jockey in 1996. He also trained horses.
He returned to acting with a role in a West End production of Oliver! until it transferred to Broadway.
Three of the band's original members - Jones, Dolenz and Tork - reunited together last year to play a series of gigs.
Jones also wrote short stories and poetry. He will be sadly missed.