It is with deep regret that I have to bring you the sad news of Davy Jones, who passed away with a heart attack during his sleep on the morning of the 29th February 2012. He was born in Openshaw, Manchester, England on the 30th of December 1945. At 11 he began his acting career playing, Ena Shaples’ grandson Colin Lomax the year Coronation street was first broadcast. He also appeared in the BBC series Z.Cars
From 1965 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“. Jones met Laramy Smith in 1967, introduced by Eirik Wangberg (then a producer and co-owner of Sound Records), and they co-produced The Children, an Austin, Texas group Jones discovered while on tour with the Monkees. A single was released on Laramie Records entitled “Picture Me”, which reached Billboard at number 2 with a bullet.
In 2001, Jones released “Just Me”, an album of his own songs, some written for the album and others originally on Monkees releases. In April 2006, Jones recorded the single “Your Personal Penguin; written by children’s author Sandra Boynton, as a companion piece to her new board book of the same title. On 1 November 2007, the Boynton book and CD titled “Blue Moo” was released and Jones is featured in both the book and CD, singing “Your Personal Penguin”. As a result of the collaboration, Jones became a close friend of Boynton. Also in 2007, Jones recorded the theme for a campy movie comedy called Sexina: Popstar PI.
In December 2008, Yahoo Music named Jones “Number 1 teen idol of all time”. In 2009 Jones was rated second in a list of 10 best teen idols compiled by Fox News. In 2009, Jones released an album entitled “She” which is a collection of handpicked classics and standards from the 1940s through the 1970s. Also in 2009, Jones performed in the Flower Power Concert Series during Epcot‘s Flower and Garden Festival.
On the morning of February the 29th Davy complained of breathing difficulties, In indiantown, Florida. He was taken to the Martin Memorial Hospital, in Stuart where he was pronounced dead. Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and four daughters.