David Thomas "Davy" Jones (30 December 1945 – 29 February 2012) was an English rock singer-songwriter and actor From 1965 to 1971, Jones was a member of The Monkees, a pop-rock group formed expressly for a television show of the same name. With Screen Gems producing the series, Jones was shortlisted for auditions, as he was the only Monkee who was signed to a deal with the studio, but still had to meet producers Bob Rafelson's and Bert Schneider's standards. Jones sang lead vocals on many of the Monkees' recordings, including "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer". Jones met Laramy Smith in 1967, introduced by Eirik Wangberg (then a producer and co-owner of Sound Records), and they co-produced The Children, an Austin, Texas group Jones discovered while on tour with the Monkees. A single was released on Laramie Records entitled "Picture Me", which reached Billboard at number 2 with a bullet.
After the Monkees went off the air, the group disbanded. However, Jones continued to perform solo, while later joining with fellow Monkee Micky Dolenz and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart as a short-lived group called Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. He also toured throughout the years with other members as various incarnations of the Monkees.
In February 2011, Jones mentioned rumours of another Monkees reunion. "There's even talk of putting the Monkees back together again in the next year or so for a U.S. and UK tour," he told Disney's Backstage Pass newsletter. "You're always hearing all those great songs on the radio, in commercials, movies, almost everywhere. The tour came to fruition entitled, "An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour. On the morning of 29 February 2012, Jones was found dead at his Indiantown, Florida home at the age of 66. His publicist announced that Jones had suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep. Jones is survived by his widow Jessica and four daughters. Another Great Artist who Sadly Leaves Us Today.
Jones performing in Geneva, Illinois, in 2006
|Born||David Thomas Jones|
30 December 1945
Openshaw, Manchester,Lancashire, England
|Died||February 29, 2012 (aged 66)|
Indiantown, Florida, United States
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Occupation||Singer, actor, musician|
|Known for||Former member of The Monkees|