Davy Jones of The Monkees dead at 66
Davy Jones speaks during the ’60′s Pop Rock: My Music’ panel during the PBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 30, 2011, in Beverly Hills.
(CBS News) The Monkees lead singer Davy Jones has died, according to the medical examiner’s office in Martin County, Fla. He was 66. Pictures: Davy Jones
A spokeswoman at the medical office confirmed to CBSNews.com that it had received word of his death. “A possible autopsy may be performed after evaluation of the circumstances of the death and medical information,” the spokesperson said.
Jones’ rep confirmed to the Associated Press that he died Wednesday morning of a heart attack in Indiantown, Fla., where he lived. Jones’ death was first reported by TMZ.
Born in Manchester, England, Jones, a racehorse jockey-turned-actor, rose to stardom as a teen idol on the NBC comedy series, “The Monkees,” which ran from 1966 to 1968.
Auditions for “The Monkees” were held in the fall of 1965, attracting about 500 applicants, according to AP. The show, which followed a rock group modeled after the Beatles, also starred Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. The actors were originally banned from playing their own instruments on the show.
Still, The Monkees scored several hits, including “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer.” The series, with its “Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees” theme song, was a quick TV hit with viewers.
After the series ended, The Monkees started to disband. Jones released a self-titled album in 1971. In the mid-1980s, Jones, Tork, Dolenz and promoter David Fishof got together for a reunion tour. In 1987, Jones, Tork and Dolenz released a new album called “Pool It.” To mark The Monkees’ 30th anniversary, the group, including Nesmith, put out a new studio album in 1996 titled “Justus.” Also in the late ’90s, the group filmed a special called “Hey, Hey, It’s The Monkees.”
Jones also appeared on a popular “Brady Bunch” episode, which aired in late 1971. On the show, Marcia Brady promised her school that she could get The Monkees star to perform at a dance.
Jones has been active on the music scene as of late, and was on tour as recently as this year.
Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica.
According to IMDB, Jones was married twice before and has two children from each of those relationships.