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It was September of 1987 and The Monkees were playing at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, and my sister and I were lucky enough to get backstage and meet Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones.Me and my sister with Davy Jones of The Monkees. September 1987.
 
All of the guys treated us very well, so needless to say the news was pretty jarring when I heard that Jones passed away of a heart attack Wednesday morning at the age of 66. 

Yeah, yeah, The Monkees weren’t the Beatles, but they sang on all their records and on some albums they even played the majority of the instruments (By the way, the Beach Boys had session players too). Furthermore, their songs have held up just as well as some of the best recorded music of the 1960’s. In fact, The Monkees outsold both The Bealtes and The Rolling Stones back in 1967.

Jones also had ties to the state of Pennsylvania, having owned a horse farm in Beavertown for several years, as his love of horses was his true passion. Prior to marrying his wife, Jessica, Jones was even one of Philly.com’s sexy singles back in 2009.  

The youngest of the four Monkees, Jones is survived by his wife and four daughters. Jones sang a lot of great songs with the Monkees, but I personally think 'Daydream Believer' was his best.

RIP Davy. Thanks for once being totally awesome to a nine-year old kid.

 

 

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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