Davy Jones (of the Monkees) reported dead
Davy Jones was a singer and actor before he was a Monkee.
However, the cute Britisher had his biggest success as a member of the “pre-fab four”.
Fans of The Monkees know, though, that the band stands on its own. We probably wouldn’t have had them without The Beatles, certainly, but I didn’t think about the Beatles when I saw their goofy adventures on TV. They had great fun with Davy’s “dreaminess”, with his eyes and a girls literally sparkling across the room.
Would their music have been successful without the TV show? Sure, I think so. Jones’ gentle delivery of “Cuddly Toy” still pops into my head from time to time…unassociated with any specific episode or visual.
He had another odd impact on pop culture: another singer named Davy Jones changed his last name for performing to prevent confusion…to David Bowie.
The Monkees brought an uncomplicated joy into our world in the 1960s, and Davy was a big part of that.
Good-bye, Davy…you’ll always make us smile…and our eyes sparkle.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.