All right it’s official, 3 Chics were big Monkees fans. Shout out to Mr. Jones and prayers to his family.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Davy Jones, the heartthrob singer who helped propel the made-for-TV rock band The Monkees to the top of the pop charts as an American version of the Beatles, died Wednesday. He was 66.
His publicist, Helen Kensick, confirmed Jones died of a heart attack in Indiantown, where he had lived. Jones complained of breathing troubles early in the morning and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Rhonda Irons of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s spokeswoman said there were no suspicious circumstances.
Born in Manchester, England, Jones had stylishly long hair, boyish good looks and and a British accent that endeared him to legions of screaming young fans after “The Monkees” premiered on CBS in 1966.
Aspirations of Beatles-like fame were never fully achieved, however, as the TV show lasted just two years. But The Monkees made rock ‘n roll history as the band galvanized a wide American following with love-struck hits such as “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer” that endure even today.
Jones was born on Dec. 30, 1945, and became a child star in his native England who appeared on television and stage, including a heralded role as “The Artful Dodger” in the play “Oliver.”
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