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Davy Jones (musician)

Davy Jones
Davy Jones in Sydney, in 1968.
Background information
Birth name David Thomas Jones
Born (1945-12-30)30 December 1945
Openshaw, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Died 29 February 2012(2012-02-29) (aged 66)
Stuart, Florida, U.S.
Genres Pop rock, pop, rock, sunshine pop, psychedelic rock, music hall
Occupation(s) Actor, musician, recording artist, performing artist, businessman
Instruments Vocals, organ
Years active 1961–2012
Labels Colpix Records, Bell Records
Associated acts The Monkees

David Thomas "Davy" Jones (30 December 1945 – 29 February 2012) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, actor and businessman best known as one of the Monkees four man pop rock group and co-star of the TV series of the same name. His acting credits include a Tony-nominated role as the Artful Dodger in the original London and Broadway productions of Oliver! as well as a starring cameo role in a hallmark episode of The Brady Bunch television show and later reprised parody film; Love, American Style; and My Two Dads. Three years before his death, Jones briefly appeared in an episode of the children's program SpongeBob SquarePants as himself, it was titled SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One. Jones is considered one of the great teen idols.[1][2]

Early life

David Thomas Jones was born at 20 Leamington Street, Openshaw, Manchester, Lancashire, England, on 30 December 1945. His television acting debut was on the British television soap opera Coronation Street. He portrayed Colin Lomax, Ena Sharples' grandson, for one episode on 6 March 1961.[3][4] He also appeared in the BBC police series Z-Cars. After the death of his mother from emphysema when he was 14 years old, Jones rejected acting in favour of a career as a jockey, apprenticing with Newmarket trainer Basil Foster.[4] He dropped out of secondary school to begin his career in that field.[5] This career was short-lived however. Even though Foster believed Jones would be successful as a jockey, he encouraged his young protégé to take a role as the Artful Dodger a production of Oliver! in London's West End, a move which changed Jones' life forever. In turn, Jones cared for Foster in his later years, bringing him to the United States and providing him financial support.[6]

Early acting and recording career

Jones in a 1965 ad for his Colpix single "What Are We Going to Do?"

Foster was approached by a friend who worked in a theatre in the Oliver!. This was the same episode of the show in which the Beatles made their first appearance. Jones said of that night, "I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that."[9]

Following his Ed Sullivan appearance, Jones signed a contract with Ward Sylvester of Screen Gems (then the television division of Columbia Pictures). A pair of American television appearances followed, as Jones received screen time in episodes of Ben Casey and The Farmer's Daughter.[10]

Jones debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the week of 14 August 1965, with the single "What Are We Going To Do?" The 19-year-old singer was signed to Colpix Records, a label owned by Columbia.[11] His debut album David Jones, on the same label, followed soon after (CP493).[12] In 1967 the album was issued in the UK, in mono only, on the Pye Records label (NPL 18178).[13]

The Monkees

From 1966 to 1971, Jones was a member of the Monkees, a pop-rock group formed expressly for a television show of the same name. With Screen Gems producing the series, Jones was shortlisted for auditions, as he was the only Monkee who was signed to a deal with the studio, but still had to meet producers Bob Rafelson's and Bert Schneider's standards.[14] Jones sang lead vocals on many of the Monkees' recordings, including "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer".[14]

Early photo of the Monkees

The NBC television series the Monkees was popular, and remained in syndication. After the group disbanded in 1971, Jones reunited with Micky Dolenz as well as Monkees songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart in 1974 as a short-lived group called Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart.[14]

A Monkees television show marathon ("Pleasant Valley Sunday") broadcast on 23 February 1986 by MTV resulted in a wave of Monkeemania not seen since the group's heyday. Jones reunited with Dolenz and Peter Tork from 1986 to 1989 to celebrate the band's renewed success and promote the 20th anniversary of the group. A new top 20 hit, "That Was Then, This Is Now" was released (though Jones did not perform on the song) as well as an album, Pool It!.[14]

Monkees activity ceased until 1996 when Jones reunited with Dolenz, Tork and Michael Nesmith to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band. The group released a new album entitled Justus, the first album since 1967's Headquarters that featured the band members performing all instrumental duties. It was the last time all four Monkees performed together.[14]

In February 2011, Jones confirmed rumours of another Monkees reunion. "There's even talk of putting the Monkees back together again in the next year or so for a U.S. and UK tour," he told Disney's Backstage Pass newsletter. "You're always hearing all those great songs on the radio, in commercials, movies, almost everywhere."[15] The tour (Jones's last) came to fruition entitled, An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour.[16]

Post-Monkees career

Jones and Ilene of "Sunday's Child" in the 1972 ABC special Pop Goes Davy Jones

In 1967, Jones opened his first store, called Zilch, at 217 Thompson Street in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. The store sold "hip" clothing and accessories and also allowed customers to design their own clothes.

After the Monkees officially disbanded in 1971, Jones kept himself busy by establishing a New York City-style street market in Los Angeles, called "The Street" which cost approximately $40,000.[17] He also collaborated with musical director Doug Trevor on a one-hour ABC television special entitled Pop Goes Davy Jones, which featured new artists The Jackson 5 and the Osmonds.[17]

Bell Records, then having a string of hits with The Partridge Family, signed Jones to a somewhat inflexible solo record contract in 1971.[17] Jones was not allowed to choose his songs or producer, resulting in several lackluster and aimless records.[17] His second solo album, Davy Jones (1971) was notable for the song "Rainy Jane", which reached No.52 in the Billboard charts. To promote the album, Jones performed "Girl" on an episode of The Brady Bunch entitled "Getting Davy Jones".[17] Although the single sold poorly, the popularity of Jones's appearance on the show resulted in "Girl" becoming his best-remembered solo hit, even though it was not included in the album. The final single, "I'll Believe In You"/"Road to Love," was poorly received.[17]

Jones with Maureen McCormick in the 1971 The Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones", in which he was a guest star.

Jones also continued acting after the Monkees, either as himself or another character. He appeared in two episodes each of Love, American Style and My Two Dads.[17] Jones also appeared in animated form as himself in 1972 in an hour-long episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.[17] Other television appearances include Sledge Hammer!, Boy Meets World, Hey Arnold!, The Single Guy (where he is mistaken for Dudley Moore) and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch in which he sang "Daydream Believer" to Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart).[14] In 2009, Jones made a cameo appearance as himself in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One" (his appearance was meant to be a pun on Davy Jones' Locker).[14]

Jones also returned to theatre several times after the Monkees. He appeared in several productions of Oliver! as the Artful Dodger, and in 1989 toured the US portraying Fagin. Jones also co-starred with Micky Dolenz in Harry Nilsson's play The Point at the Mermaid Theatre, London in 1978.[17]

Despite his initial high profile after the end of the Monkees, Jones struggled to establish himself as a solo artist. Glenn A. Baker, author of Monkeemania: The True Story of the Monkees, commented in 1986 that "for an artist as versatile and confident as (Davy) Jones, the relative failure of his post-Monkees activities is puzzling. For all his cocky predictions to the press about his future plans, Davy fell into a directionless heap when left to his own devices."[17]

The continued popularity of his 1971 Brady Bunch appearance led to his being cast as himself in The Brady Bunch Movie. Jones sang his signature solo hit "Girl", with a grunge band providing backing,[14] this time with middle-aged women swooning over him.[14] Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork also appeared alongside Jones as judges.[14]

On June 21, 1997, during a concert at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Jones joined U2's The Edge onstage for a karaoke performance of "Daydream Believer," which had become a fixture of the band's set during that year's PopMart Tour.[18]

Jones at a 2006 concert in Geneva, Illinois

In 2001, Jones released Just Me, an album of his own songs, some written for the album and others originally on Monkees releases.[19] In the early 2000s he was performing in the Flower Power Concert Series during Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival, a yearly gig he would continue until his death.[20][21]

In April 2006, Jones recorded the single "Your Personal Penguin",[22] written by children's author Sandra Boynton, as a companion piece to her new board book of the same title.[23] On 1 November 2007, the Boynton book and CD titled Blue Moo was released and Jones is featured in both the book and CD, singing "Your Personal Penguin". In 2009, Jones released a collection of classics and standards from the 1940s through the 1970s entitled She.

In December 2008, Yahoo! Music named Jones the "Number 1 teen idol of all time".[1] In 2009, Jones was rated second in a list of 10 best teen idols compiled by Fox News Channel.[24]

Personal life

Family life

Jones was married three times. In December 1968, he married Dixie Linda Haines, with whom he had been living. Their relationship had been kept out of the public eye until after the birth of their first child in October 1968. It caused a considerable backlash for Jones from his fans when it was finally made public. Jones later stated in Tiger Beat magazine, "I kept my marriage a secret because I believe stars should be allowed a private life."[17] Jones and Haines had two daughters: Talia Elizabeth (born 2 October 1968) and Sarah Lee (born 3 July 1971). The marriage ended in 1975.[25]

Jones married his second wife Anita Pollinger on 24 January 1981, and also had two daughters with her – Jessica Lillian (born 4 September 1981) and Annabel Charlotte (born 26 June 1988). They divorced in 1996 during the Monkees' 30th Anniversary reunion tour.[25] Jones married for a third time on 30 August 2009 to Jessica Pacheco, 32 years his junior. This was Pacheco's third marriage as well. On 28 July 2011, Pacheco filed to divorce Jones in Miami-Dade County, Florida, but dropped the suit in October. They were still married when he died in February 2012. Pacheco was omitted from Jones' will, which he made before their marriage. His oldest daughter Talia, whom he named his executor, was granted by the court the unusual request that her father's will be sealed, on the basis that "planning documents and financial affairs as public opinion could have a material effect on his copyrights, royalties and ongoing goodwill."[26]

Horse racing

In addition to his career as an entertainer, Jones' other first love was horses. Training as a jockey in his teens, Jones later said, "I made one huge mistake. When the Monkees finished in 1969–70, I should have got away from Hollywood and got back into the racing game. Instead I waited another 10 years. Everyone makes mistakes in life and for me that was the biggest."[27] He held an amateur rider's licence and rode in his first race at Newbury in Berkshire, England for trainer Toby Balding.

On 1 February 1996, he won his first race, on Digpast, in the one-mile Ontario Amateur Riders Handicap at Lingfield in Surrey.[27] Jones also had horse ownership interests in both the U.S. and the U.K., and served as a commercial spokesman for Colonial Downs racetrack in Virginia.[28] In tribute to Jones, Lingfield Park announced that the first two races on the card for 3 March 2012 would be renamed the "Hey Hey We're The Monkees Handicap" and the "In Memory of Davy Jones Selling Stakes" with successful horses in those races accompanied into the Winners' Enclosure by some of the Monkees' biggest hits. Plans were also announced to erect a plaque to commemorate Jones next to a Monkey Puzzle tree on the course.[29]


His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. 'Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy.'

— Peter Tork.[30]

On the morning of 29 February 2012, Jones went to tend his fourteen horses at a farm in Indiantown, Florida. After riding one of his favourite horses around the track, he complained of chest pains and difficulty breathing and was rushed to Martin Memorial South Hospital in Stuart, Florida, where he was pronounced dead of a severe heart attack due to coronary artery disease.[31][32][33]

On Wednesday, 7 March 2012, a private funeral service was held at Holy Cross Beavertown, Pennsylvania, near a church Jones had purchased for future renovation.[35]

On Monday 12 March, a private memorial service was held in Openshaw, Manchester at Lees Street Congregational Church where Jones performed as a child in church plays.[36] Jones' wife and daughters travelled to Britain to join his British-based relatives for the service, and also placed his ashes on his parents' graves for a time.[36]


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Head Davy Credited as David Jones
1972 Treasure Island Jim Hawkins Voice
1974 Oliver Twist The Artful Dodger Voice
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Himself
2007 Sexina Singer Alternative title: Sexina: Popstar P.I.
2011 Goldberg P.I. Davy Jones Alternative title: Jackie Goldberg Private Dick
Year Title Role Notes
1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play Episode: "Summer Theatre: June Evening"
1961 Coronation Street Colin Lomas Episode #1.25
Credited as David Jones
1962 Z-Cars Various roles 3 episodes
Credited as David Jones
1964 Ben Casey Gregg Carter Episode: "If You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be a Loser"
Credited as David Jones
1964 "The Ed Sullivan Show" Cast of Oliver! Appeared on same episode as The Beatles on February 9, 1964
1966 The Farmer's Daughter Roland Episode: "Moe Hill and the Mountains"
Credited as David Jones
1966 to 1968 The Monkees Davy 58 episodes
Credited as David Jones
1969 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest performer Episode #2.19
1970 Make Room for Granddaddy Himself Episode: "The Teen Idol"
1970 to 1973 Love, American Style Various roles 2 episodes
1971 The Brady Bunch Davy Jones Episode: "Getting Davy Jones"
Credited as David Jones
1972 The New Scooby-Doo Movies Himself (Voice) Episode: "The Haunted Horseman in Hagglethorn Hall"
1977 The Wonderful World of Disney Davey Sanders Episode: "The Bluegrass Special"
1979 Horse in the House Frank Tyson 2 episodes
1986 New Love, American Style Episode: "Love-a-Gram/Love and the Apartment"
1988 Sledge Hammer! Jerry Vicuna Episode: "Sledge, Rattle 'n' Roll"
1988-1989 My Two Dads Malcolm O'Dell 2 episodes
1991 ABC Afterschool Special Albert Lynch Episode: "It's Only Rock & Roll"
1991 Trainer Steve Moorcroft Episode: "No Way to Treat a Lady"
1992 Herman's Head Himself Episode: "The One Where They Go on the Love Boat"
1995 Boy Meets World Reginald Fairfield Episode: "Rave On"
1996 Lush Life Johnny James Episode: "The Not So Lush Rock Star"
1996 The Single Guy Himself Episode: "Davy Jones"
1997 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Himself Episode: "Dante's Inferno"
2002 Hey Arnold! Himself (Voice) Episode: "Gerald's Game/Fishing Trip"
2009 SpongeBob SquarePants Himself Episode: "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One"
2011 The Dreamsters: Welcome to the Dreamery Davy Jones Television movie
2011 Phineas and Ferb Nigel (voice) Episode: "Bad Hair Day/Meatloaf Surprise"



Jones' eponymous 1971 album
Date Label/Catalogue # Titles Billboard Top Albums Cash Box TOP 100 Albums Notes
1965 Colpix CP-493 (mono) / Colpix SCP-493 (stereo) David Jones
(US) Credited as "David Jones"
1967 Pye NPL 18178 (mono) David Jones
(UK) Credited as "David Jones"
June 1971 Bell 6067 Davy Jones
January 1978 MCA MCF2826 The Point
Jones sings most of the songs on this original cast recording of Harry Nilsson's stage performance of "The Point!". Album was initially released in Britain only, followed by a release in Japan.
June 1981 Japan JAL-1003 Davy Jones Live
Released in Japan only.
March 1982 Pioneer K-10025 Hello Davy (Davy Jones Live)
Released in Japan only. According to some sources, this is an unauthorised LP release, with the audio having been lifted from the Japanese-released LaserDisc of this concert.


Date Label/Catalog # Titles (A-side/B-side) US
Hot 100
AU Notes
February 1965 Colpix CP-764 "Dream Girl" / "Take Me to Paradise"
Credited as "David Jones"[37]
July 1965 Colpix CP-784 "What Are We Going to Do?" / "This Bouquet"
Credited as "Mr. David Jones"[38]
October 1965 Colpix CP-793 "The Girl from Chelsea" / "Theme for a New Love"
Credited as "David Jones"
1967 Pye 7N.17302 "It Ain't Me Babe" / "Baby It's Me"
Credited as "Davy Jones"; Released in the U.K. only.
May 1971 Bell 986 "Do It in the Name of Love" / "Lady Jane"
By Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones.
June 1971 Bell 45–111 "Rainy Jane" / "Welcome to My Love"
October 1971 Bell 45–136 "I Really Love You" / "Sittin' in the Apple Tree"
November 1971 Bell 45–159 "Girl" / "Take My Love"
A-side featured in The Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones".
January 1972 Bell 45–178 "I'll Believe in You" / "Road to Love"
1972 MGM K14458 "Who Was It?" / "Your A Lady"
Jones sang "You're A Lady" in Japanese on a Japan MGM 45 in 1972.
1973 MGM K14524 "Rubberene" / "Rubberene"
This single was released as a promotional copy only.
May 1978 Warner Brothers 17161 "(Hey Ra Ra Ra) Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse" / "You Don't Have to Be a Country Boy to Sing a Country Song"
Issued in Britain only to commemorate Mickey Mouse's 50th Birthday
May 1981 Japan JAS-2007 "It's Now" / "How Do You Know"
Released in Japan only.
June 1981 Japan JAS-2010 "Dance Gypsy" / "Can She Do It (Like She Dances)"
Released in Japan only.
March 1982 Pioneer K-1517 "Sixteen (Baby, You'll Soon Be Sixteen)" / "Baby Holdout"
Released in Japan only.
December 1984 JJ-2001 "I'll Love You Forever" / "When I Look Back on Christmas"
Released in Britain only. A-side recorded in 1979; B-side recorded in 1976.
1987 Powderworks 374 "After Your Heart" / "Hippy Hippy Shake"
Released in Australia only. A-side recorded in October 1981; B-side recorded in 1987.


  • They Made a Monkee Out of Me, autobiography (print book) by Davy Jones, Dome PR, 1987, ISBN 978-0-9618614-0-7.
  • They Made a Monkee Out of Me: Davy Jones Reads His Autobiography, (audiobook), Dove Entertainment Inc (November 1988).
  • Daydream Believin, Hercules Promotions, First Edition, ISBN 0-9618614-1-X (2000)
  • "Mutant Monkees Meet the Masters of the Multimedia Manipulation Machine!" Written with Alan Green, Click! Publishing, First Edition, 1992, (softcover) ISBN O-9631235-0-5


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