Friday, March 2, 2012

Davy Jones

David Thomas "Davy" Jones (30 December 1945 – 29 February 2012) was an English recording artist and actor, best known as a member of The Monkees.

From 1966 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".

The NBC television series was popular and remained so in syndication. After the band disbanded in 1971, Jones reunited with Micky Dolenz as well as Monkees songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart in 1974 as a short-lived group called Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart.

A Monkees television show marathon ("Pleasant Valley Sunday") broadcast on 23 February 1986 by MTV resulted in a wave of Monkeemania not seen since the group's heyday. Jones reunited with Dolenz and Peter Tork from 1986 to 1989 to celebrate the band's renewed success and promote the 20th anniversary of the group. A new top 20 hit, "That Was Then, This Is Now" was released (though Jones did not perform on the song) as well as an album, Pool It!.

Monkees activity ceased until 1996 when Jones reunited with Dolenz, Tork, and reluctant member Michael Nesmith to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band. The group released a new album entitled Justus, the first album since 1967's Headquarters that featured the band members performing all instrumental duties. It was the last time all four Monkees would perform together.

In February 2011, Jones confirmed 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 (Jones' last) came to fruition entitled, An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour.

He performed on an episode of The Brady Bunch entitled "Getting Davy Jones". While the single sold poorly, the popularity of Jones' appearance on the show resulted in "Girl" becoming his best remembered solo hit.

Jones continued acting after the Monkees, either as himself or another character. He appeared in an episode of Here Come the Brides, as well as two episodes a piece of Love, American Style and My Two Dads. Jones also appeared in animated form as himself in 1972 in an hour-long episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

Jones made a cameo appearance as himself in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SpongeBob vs. The Big One" (his appearance was meant to be a pun on Davy Jones' Locker). Other appearances include Sledgehammer, Boy Meets World , Hey Arnold!, The Single Guy (where he is mistaken for Dudley Moore), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch in which he sang "Daydream Believer" to Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart). The continued popularity of his 1971 Brady Bunch appearance led to his being cast as himself in The Brady Bunch Movie. Once again, Jones sang his signature solo hit "Girl", with a grunge band providing backing.

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