The Monkees’ Davy Jones—he was the cute tiny elfin one, especially compared to that smirking ogre Micky Dolenz—has died. Jones was only 66.
The Monkees were a four-piece band assembled for The Monkees, the 1960s TV show. Jones and Dolenz split responsibilities as lead singer and frontman. Jones sang lead vocals on “Daydream Believer,” one of the band’s hits.
At the beginning the Monkees were, by all accounts, a “fake band,” but the Monkees fought the television show’s producers for more creative control. They eventually began playing their own instruments and writing many of their own songs, achieving a sort of artistic legitimacy.
Before joining the Monkees, Davy Jones was a horse jockey; he returned to racing horses after the Monkees disbanded.
According to his publicist, Jones died in his sleep.
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