Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rest in Peace Davy Jones

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I'm feeling a little bit older today ... and a little bit sadder. Today my teenage heart throb and dream lover Davy Jones died.

I was 12 years old when The Monkees TV Show debuted in 1966. I loved their quirky style. I was quickly hooked on the television show and the group. I still think their opening production number Hey, Hey We're The Monkees is one of the most memorable ever. Every girl I knew was either a Davy Jones girl or a Mickey Dolenz girl. I was instantly in love with the diminutive Davy. He was cute and sweet and dreamy.

It was at about the same time that Tiger Beat magazine was first published. I waited impatiently for every issue so I could get every new picture of Davy. I must have driven my mother crazy asking her to buy me a new Tiger Beat every time we went to the grocery store. I immediately started collecting them and thumb tacking ALL the pictures of Davy to my bedroom wall. We lived in a rent house and were not supposed to put holes in the wall, so my father forbade me from tacking them up. So, I came up with the brilliant idea of gluing them together at the corners to form a collage that would only be tacked at the corners. What I didn't realize was that every spot of glue was going all the way through and sticking each and every picture to the wall. I got in so much trouble, but it was well worth it. I spent many happy hours in my top bunk bed dreaming of Davy.

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The first record album I ever bought was The Monkees second album More of the Monkees.

I knew all the words to songs like Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, I'm A Believer, and Pleasant Valley Sunday. Truth be told, I can still sing along with them and I still have the albums.

I was thrilled a few years later when Davy appeared on the Brady Bunch. Showing up for Marcia's school dance seemed like just the sweet kind of thing he would really do.

I was also delighted in the 1980's when my daughter discovered The Monkees thanks to MTV. She found my old albums and played them over and over again. It did my heart so much good.

I have often heard The Monkees referred to as a "made up" group who didn't have any talent. But I must disagree strongly. They may have been the first of the boy bands, put together by a promoter as America's answer to The Beatles, but they also had real talent. A lot of people don't know that Davy Jones played The Artful Dodger in both London and Broadway productions of Oliver! He was nominated for a Tony award for his Broadway performance.

Rest in peace Davy Jones. I'll always be a Daydream Believer.


  1. I hadn't heard about his death! He was one of my favorites! I too can sing along with all their songs. They're upbeat and fun.
    I'm feeling a little melancholy now.

  2. Tiger Beat! I had forgotten that magazine and like you I think I had most of them. I'm a bit older than you -- I was 16 so I had babysitting money and didn't have to beg Mom!

  3. I am a second generation Monkee lover -- (born in 65), but Davy Jones could legitamately be called my first love. Him or Peter Tork. Or Mike Nesmith. Or Mickey Dolenz. I could never decide who I loved most.

    Davy Jones sang a kid's song called "Personal Penguin" that my boys loved. It made me love Davy even more.

    The thing about the Monkees is, they took something that was SUPPOSED to be fake. .and they made it real. No one else has ever been able to do that.

    My favorite song of all time, of course, is Mary Mary.


  4. So cool that you still have the record albums. And Tiger Beat? I love it just as much as I loved Davey, truth be told. So sad. He really was so young. You're right: I had no idea he played The Artful Dodger, but I can so see him owning the part.

  5. Ah, we're from the same era! I was so in 'love' with him, that I'd ache inside! I laugh at it now, but back then, he was my first love! He and Bobby Sherman!