Davy Jones, the British born musician singer for The Monkees has died of a heart attack at the age of 66. Reportedly, Jones was going out to look at his horses, and didn't feel very well in his car and had difficulty breathing, but died before he was able to receive help in a hospital emergency department.
Jones was part of the four member group, The Monkees, which were a TV band put together by producers for a TV show of the 1960's that were supposed to be like The Beatles. Being British, Jones added a Beatles-like voice to some of the hit singles of the band. Other members of the group included Mickey Dolenz, who was a star in the 1950's show, CIRCUS BOY, and Texan, Mike Nesmith, who added a little bit of country style to some songs, and Peter Tork, who sometimes did some of the more psychedelic songs of the band. These four very talented performers comprise one of the best of the fake Beatles-type groups of the 60's. Peter Tork eventually left th group, as did Mike Nesmith, But Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones carried on the act for a while after-wards. All three of the surviving Monkees had warm words of sadness for the death of their very popular and well loved friend.
It appears that The Monkees homepage has been taken down for repairs today, as it is being updated to respect their fallen friend.
Davy Jones wasn't only a great singer, but he was a real heartthrob to many young girls as well during his young years in The Monkees. Some of his hit singles that he sang lead on like "Daydream Believer" were among the biggest chart hits of the band.
Although various members were sometimes at odds with one another, Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz managed to perform together in various reunions of The Monkees over the years, sometimes including Peter Tork. A complete reunion of the old group is now out of the question.
While Mike Nesmith is often credited with creating what was seen as the first music video ever, with his short film, "Elephant Parts", Davy Jones was probably the best front-man for the group. Even The Beatles once had a reception for the band, which they welcomed, even if they were often viewed as a TV version of The Beatles.