This one really hurts. As a Monkees fan from the very beginning -- and I do mean beginning, from the first show of The Monkees on NBC back in September of 1966 until today -- it was shocking to learn of the fatal heart attack of Davy Jones, who died this morning in a Florida hospital at the too-young age of 66. Davy was nominally the "cute one" of the Monkees, an almost-diminutive (he trained as a jockey) but super-talented Brit who prior to becoming part of what wags dubbed "The Pre-Fab Four" was an acclaimed performer on the Broadway stage and British TV. Davy, along with Micky Dolenz -- he was the other show biz veteran in the group, starring in his own TV show as a youth -- was a performing dynamo and a consistently adorable presence whose accent made him even more delightful.
The Monkees, singly and together in various iterations, have continued to make their music for loyal followers, too. Davy, particularly, had a full schedule of personal appearances all over this country and abroad, delighting audiences with his non-stop energy and genuine joie de vivre wherever he went. Fans lined up to hear him revisit his collection of hits such as "Daydream Believer," "She Hangs Out," "I Wanna Be Free," "When Love Comes Knockin' At Your Door," "Cuddly Toy," "Star Collector," "Valleri," "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" and also all the Monkees hits where he wasn't the lead singer. (We highly recommend reading this thoughtful article from Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone for an appreciation of Davy's pop star status.) Relax a while and revisit the marvelous music of The Monkees:
Davy Jones left us too soon. There were still songs to be sung, audiences to be entertained, new memories to be made and old ones remembered. The Flaming Nose TV Blog offers our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Davy Jones. We will carry his enthusiasm with us always, and we will never forget how much we -- and the world -- loved this consummate entertainer.