Davy Jones, lead singer of the 1960s made-for-TV pop group the Monkees, has died. The 66-year-old former heartthrob passed away Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack in his Martin County, Fla., home.
Jones, who was born in England, joined Americans Mickey Dolenz (drums, vocals), Michael Nesmith (guitarist) and Peter Tork (keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, harpsichord) to become the frontman and singer for a TV show about a pop-rock band modeled after the Beatles.
In the beginning, Davy Jones and the other Monkees had almost no performing and production opportunities. Their songs and story lines were written for them, a source of much tension for Nesmith in particular. Together, the Monkees fought for and won the right to supervise all music under the band's name, and launched a series of concert tours to allow them to grow creatively as a group.
Although the TV show The Monkees was canceled in 1968 after a two-year run, Davy Jones and his American band-mates continued to record through 1970. Their music inspired artists as diverse as Paul Westerberg, Smash Mouth, indie-rock bands like Grooveyard and Run-D.M.C. In hie prime, Davy Jones was a heartthrob to rival any of the Beatles, and the group sold more records than almost any other band in the 1960s.
Still, the Monkee's image as a manufactured pop sensation didn't really go away until 1986, when a series of reunion tours and reruns on Nickelodeon and MTV propelled the group into a new era of Monkee Mania, putting songs like That Was Then, This Is Now back on Billboard's Top 20.
In honor of Davy Jones, relive The Monkees TV show and listen to some of the Monkee's most iconic, beautiful songs. From Daydream Believer and (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone to Valleri and Last Train to Clarksville, here are ten of the Monkees' greatest hits from the 1960s music scene.
The Monkees Intro And Closing Credits
1. I'm A Believer (1966)
2. Daydream Believer (1967)
3. Last Train to Clarksville (1967)
4. Valleri (1968)
5. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (1967)
6. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (1966)
7. When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door) (1967)
8. Pleasant Valley Sunday (1967)
9. Sweet Young Thing (1966)
10. Saturday's Child (1966)