Remembering Davy Jones

The lead singer of The Monkees, Davy Jones, died of a heart attack in Florida on February 29. He was 66.

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Davy Jones, best known as the lead singer of the 1960s rock group The Monkees, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Jones was 66. Click through to see Jones and The Monkees through the years.
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Hey, hey we're The Monkees! Davy Jones, who was born in Manchester, England, became a star of the NBC comedy series "The Monkees," about the misadventures of an up-and-coming, Beatles-like rock quartet. His co-stars were drummer/vocalist Mickey Dolenz, guitarist Michael Nesmith and bassist Peter Tork.
Though the show only lasted two seasons, from 1966 to 1968, they won the Emmy for Best Comedy after their first year.
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While Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork were actual musicians before landing parts on the TV series, Jones and Micky Dolenz were novices. In the band, Jones played the tambourine and sang lead vocals on hits such as "Daydream Believer" and "I Wanna Be Free."
The TV series was a ratings hit with singles like "Last Train to Clarksville" also topping the pop charts. The success of their show featuring a fictonal Monkees band spawned the real thing. The Monkees released 11 full length studio albums between 1966 and 1996. Many compilation disks followed.
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The Monkees released six Top 10 hits — including "Daydream Believer" (which Jones led on vocals) — and sold more than 65 million records worldwide.
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In 1967, the Monkees sold more albums than the Beatles. The ensuing Monkees-mania saw the TV stars appearing as toys, games and lunchboxes. The group collaborated with major songwriters such as Neil Diamond, Carole King, Glen Campbell and Hal Blaine, but as their popularity grew they fought to write and play their own music.
Despite all their small-screen popularity, the Monkees' frenzy of fans didn't head out to see their first feature film "Head" (1968). The psychedelic flick flopped, and was the only movie The Monkees ever made.
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The band was so popular in the late '60s that another young British rocker named David Jones changed his name to avoid confusion. He settled on David Bowie.
Jones was the face of the band, which skyrocketed him to teen heartthrob status in the late '60s.
The TV show got canceled in 1968 and the group dismantled two years later. However they reunited for several reunion tours in the decades that followed.
After the group's initial split in 1971, Jones spent many years doing stage work in London, recording solo work, and appearing on a number of American TV shows including "The Brady Bunch" — where he played himself and performed his song "Girl" at Marcia's prom. Jones also had a cameo in 1995's “The Brady Bunch Movie."
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(From left) Tork, Dolenz and Jones pulled off a successful Monkees reunion tour in 1986. They continued to tour off an on for the next 15 years before splitting again, and then reunited last summer for a 45th anniversary tour.
The Monkees received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in July 1989 in Los Angeles.
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Davy Jones went on to be an amateur jockey, seen here in February 1996 riding in the Peach Amateur Riders Handicap at Lingfield Park in Surrey, England.
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Davy Jones is survived by his third wife, flamenco dancer Jessica Pacheco, whom he married in 2009, and four daughters from previous marriages.
Jones attends the Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities Show in Burbank in July 2009.
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From left, Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees pose during a portrait session to announce the band's 45th anniversary tour held at The Groucho Club in February 2011 in London.
Peter Tork and Davy Jones perform on stage at Royal Albert Hall in May 2011 in London. Jones was on a solo tour in the weeks prior to his death.
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The Monkees singer and '60s heartthrob died on February 29, 2012 of a heart attack. He was 66.
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