The Monkees debuted on television in September 1966, and Davy Jones brought plenty of interest from enthusiasts for his charm, wit, warm sense of humor and boyish good looks.
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An associate of the Monkees, Davy Jones became a favorite teen idol in the late 1960s. He started an acting career in the age of 11, winning a character on the favorite British soap opera Coronation Street.
Jones trained to be a jockey to get a period, but gave up that career path to perform on stage. He played the Artful Dodger in a London production of the musical Oliver!, reprising the character because of his Broadway debut in 1963. He received a Tony Award nomination because of his performance that same year.
Jones got a few television guest appearances as well as other parts before getting his big break: Along with Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz, he was chosen to perform on a brand new TV series of a rock group modeled after the Beatles. The Monkees debuted in September 1966, with crowds adoring the hilarious antics of the manufactured group. Jones particularly brought interest from enthusiasts because of his charm and boyish good looks.
It was not long before the Monkees scored on the music charts. Their version of Neil Diamond’s “I am a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville” were their first No. 1 hits. Their records sold countless copies.
The Monkees even starred in their very own feature film, Head, released in 1968. Sadly for the so called “Pre-Fab Four,” the film was a box office dued. The exact same year, their show was canceled and Tork left the group. Jones as well as the continuing members soldiered on for some time, releasing 1969’s Instant Replay before splitting up.
Then, Jones continued playing and singing. He released a self-titled album in 1971. Jones had guest roles on numerous other shows, capitalizing on his popularity as a teen idol.
The group released one record together in 1976, which failed to make much of an opinion on the music-buying public.
There was a renewed fascination with the Monkees, yet, in the 1980s, when a number of the group’s original records returned to the charts. The exact same year, they released a greatest hits collection, Then and Now, with a brand new track, “That Was Then, This Is Now.” Reruns of the group’s show started airing on MTV in 1987, giving the band even more of a boost. The exact same year, the Monkees released the record Pool It!.
Nesmith returned to the group in the mid-1990s for an effective tour as well as a brand new record, 1996’s Justus. While the brand new record did not make the charts, the Monkees’ previous records have stayed powerful sellers over time.
Outside of his work using the Monkees, Jones continued to play. About the London stage, he appeared in Oliver!—this time playing Fagin.
He also possessed several thoroughbred race horses. Music, nevertheless, has stayed his primary fire. He’s recorded several solo albums, including 2001’s Only Me.
In his later years, Jones spent much of the year on tour with his group. He released a number of his most requested tunes, entitled Incredible Revisited, in 2008. He also made numerous personal appearances to meet up with buffs and participated in several sporting events for charity.
Active before the ending, Jones expired on February 29, 2012, in Stuart, Florida, after suffering a heart attack.