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    Posted: 29 Feb 2012 at 22:04
Updated: 29 February 2012 21:07 | By pa.press.net

Monkees singer Davy Jones dies


 


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Davy Jones of the Monkees has died

Monkees lead singer Davy Jones has died of a heart attack at the age of 66.

The Manchester-born star, who lived in Hollywood, Florida, was rushed to hospital suffering from a cardiac arrest, but could not be resuscitated.

His manager and brother-in-law Joseph Pacheco paid tribute, describing him as an "incredible human being".

Jones found fame as the frontman of the 60s group The Monkees, who had nine top 40 hits including I'm A Believer, Daydream Believer and Last Train To Clarksville.

Jones is survived by his third wife Jessica, his four daughters, Talia Jones, Sarah McFadden, Jessica Cramar and Annabel Jones - three sisters, Hazel Wilkinson, Beryl Leigh and Lynda Moore, and three grandchildren, Harrison and Lauren McFadden and Phoenix Burrows.

Mr Pacheco said: "All of his family, friends and fans mourn Davy's loss. We were fortunate to have such an incredible human being in our lives. Sadly, his time on Earth was cut far too short and he will be missed tremendously by all who knew him."

Jones, who was best known as the frontman of the band put together to star in their own TV show, had an early start in showbusiness when he appeared as Ena Sharples' grandson in Coronation Street. He also appeared in Z Cars before leaving showbusiness to train as a jockey but came back to acting, playing the Artful Dodger in a stage production of Oliver!

He appeared in the West End and followed the show to Broadway, landing a Tony nomination, and built up a career as an actor and singer before he auditioned for The Monkees.

Despite a flurry of hits, the band were initially criticised for the manufactured nature of their career, with Californian rivals The Byrds mocking them in their single So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star. But they eventually proved themselves, writing more of their own songs, playing live on tour, and later starring in 1960s cult film Head with Jack Nicholson.

And only last year, Jones was touring the heritage circuit once again as he teamed up with most of his bandmates from the slapstick show.

 


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Obituary: Davy Jones
Davy%20Jones Davy Jones hit the big time when in America with the cast of the musical Oliver!

Davy Jones was the ever youthful and mop-topped "short one" from The Monkees, who scored chart hits and TV success during the 1960s and beyond.

Only last year, the British-born star was touring the heritage circuit once again as he teamed up with most of his bandmates from the slapstick show.

But away from the screen role which won successive generations of fans, he had a successful stage career and was a talented horseman - a skill which had also seen him briefly working as a jockey before he found fame.

Big break

Jones, who was born in Manchester in 1945, famously took a brief role in Coronation Street during the show's early days in the early 1960s, while still a teenager.

After a stint training as a jockey in Newmarket, he landed his big acting break thanks to his boyish features and diminutive stature, playing the Artful Dodger in the West End stage musical Oliver!

He went on to land a Tony nomination when he transferred to Broadway in New York with the production.

Jones and the rest of the cast were guests on The Ed Sullivan Show when The Beatles made their first appearance, with Beatlemania in full swing.

His feted performance upped his profile and led to a US management deal resulting in TV roles and a short-lived solo music career.

The contract also helped to fast-track him through the auditions for The Monkees, as TV executives put together the group in 1966 partly as a response to the popularity of the Fab Four's movie A Hard Day's Night.

The group also featured Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith.

The show - and the accompanying albums - gave rise to a number of classics, including Daydream Believer, Last Train To Clarksville and Pleasant Valley Sunday, written by such luminaries as Neil Diamond.

Stage career

After their TV series ended, their partnership continued with the film Head, partly created by Jack Nicholson.

The Monkees survived as a trio when Tork left in early 1969 and then, following the departure of Nesmith, as a duo. It was Dolenz and Jones who had often taken the lead on their songs.

After calling it a day as The Monkees, the pair continued to work together in the group Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart, and in a London stage production, The Point, in 1978.

Jones had a jokey cameo in hit US comedy series The Brady Bunch, and over the years he took guest roles in shows such as Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Spongebob Squarepants.

The Monkees' TV shows continued to be screened around the world long after the group had folded and the group was regularly lured into nostalgia tours, largely without Nesmith.

Jones also appeared on stage in many musicals including The Boyfriend, Godspell and a return to Oliver!, this time taking the role of Fagin.

He also continued to have life-long love of riding and training horses and achieved the long-held ambition of winning his first race in 1996 at Lingfield.

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