Thursday, March 1, 2012

Davy Jones

     Another musical star is dead.  Davy Jones, best known as lead singer for The Monkees, passed away at the age of 66 of a heart attack.  I feel more for the passing of Davy Jones than I did for the passing of Whitney Houston, just for the fact that he was a part of my youth.  I remember watch him on Saturday mornings with Peter, Mickey, and Mike, his fellow musicians, getting into all kinds of absurd situations and having fun doing it.  For its' type, it was a very good show, better than it had to be, actually.
     One of my favorite Davy Jones moments was his appearance on an episode of "The Brady Bunch", where he ends up taking Marcia to the school dance.  Just like real life in the suburbs.  Later he would go on to satirize that role in "The Brady Bunch Movie".  If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it, just for its' camp quality. 
     Many people probably won't remember that Davy Jones appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" at one point in his career.  It may be because he was on the same night as a band called The Beatles performed, which actually made him choose the path that led him to The Monkees.  He wanted the ladies cheering for him as they did for The Beatles.
     Though "The Monkees" only aired from 1966 to 1970, it was a big hit at the time and many hit singles arose from the series.  Several of my favorites are: (I'm Not Your)Stepping Stone, Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, and A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.  Still fun to listen to them every now and then, just for kicks.
     If you want to see a full length motion picture featuring The Monkees, check out "Head".  This is a product of the sixties and was co-written and co-produced by a then little known Jack Nicholson.  Yes, that Jack Nicholson.  Jack even assembled the films' soundtrack album, a side of him that most people probably didn't know he had.  It has been said that Jack and the other producers made this film to actually end The Monkees budding TV career, which it probably did, although the movie did not receive much media attention.
     Anyway, I will miss Davy Jones and will think back on my younger days of watching him on our black and white tv those many years ago.  They don't make television shows like that anymore, and they probably never will. 
     Thanks for reading everyone.  Have a better one.

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