60s pop idol dies of heart attack
Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, has died at age 66. His publicist, Deborah Robicheau, said he had a massive heart attack and died in his sleep at his home in Florida.
The Monkees were an American pop band, assembled in 1966. Along with Davy Jones, the band included musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. The band was created expressly for the purpose of producing a television show of that same name. The band disbanded when the show went off the air, but their popularity lasted long after the show had ended.
The band was known for tunes “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” and the theme from “The Monkees.”
The Monkees went on a final reunion tour, “An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversay Tour,” in the summer of 2011.
In addition to his musical career, Jones was an accomplished actor. He played the Artful Dodger in the musical “Oliver!” In London and on Broadway, and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance. He made appearances on numerous television shows, including “The Brady Bunch,” “Boy Meets World” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” He also appeared on animated shows, singing on “The New Scooby-Doo Movies,” “Hey Arnold,” and making a cameo on “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
In later years, he performed with his former band mates in reunion tours and appeared in several productions of “Oliver!” as Fagin.
Jones was named “Number 1 teen idol of all time” by Yahoo Music in 2008.
Davy Jones is survived by his third wife, Jessica Pacheco, and four daughters from his previous marriages, Talia Elizabeth, Sarah Lee, Jessica Lillian and Annabel Charlotte.