It's a sad day when a favorite celebrity dies. Davy Jones (The Monkees) passed away today (2/29/2012) in Florida at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack.
I well remember watching The Monkees premiere episode in September, 1966. My dad thought it was an utterly ridiculous show; I was too young at that time and far too enamored with Davy Jones (weren't all little girls?) to realize my dad was correct. I saved my allowance to purchase all The Monkees albums and wore out the needle on my record player listening to Davy's song, “Daydream Believer.” I giggled every time those silly, little stars twinkled in Davy's eyes on the The Monkees show (all Monkee fans know what I mean) and was thrilled with Davy's guest appearance on The Brady Bunch.
The recording industry's distaste for The Monkees was no secret; The Monkees were highly criticized in the beginning of their career for not playing their own instruments. In response, they banded together to master skills needed to become a cohesive, talented group of musicians. Like a lot of bands and teen idols of the 60s, The Monkees faded away. Through the years, I followed Davy Jones' career and got a real kick out of it when Nickelodeon's reruns of The Monkees ignited fresh Monkee-Mania in my kids. Attending a Monkees reunion concert at the PNC with my family is a treasured memory. Those three “old guys” (Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork) put on a fantastic show; even my stoic husband was out of his seat with the rest of the audience, clapping, singing, dancing.
I'm deeply saddened by Davy Jones' sudden passing. Pennsylvania, his home state, probably won't lower the flag for him as New Jersey did for its beloved Whitney Houston, and it is unlikely that his memorial services will be televised as hers were. It can be argued, I suppose, that Davy Jones' celebrity is not on par with that of Whitney Houston, but for people like me – former starry-eyed Davy Jones fans who grew to appreciate the man's musical talents and to admire his life dedicated to home and family – a light equally bright has gone out.
Davy Jones (December 30, 1945 - February 29, 2012)
Farewell, Davy Jones. Thank you for the memories. You will be missed.