Monkees Lead Singer Davy Jones Dies Of Heart Attack At Age 66

Jones Recently Played BB King's Blues Club In NYC Feb 18

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) Davy Jones, the lead singer of the 1960s group The Monkees, died of a massive heart attack Wednesday in Florida just 11 days after performing in New York City. He was 66.

His publicist, Helen Kensick, confirmed that he died in Indiantown, where he lived.

The former actor turned musician played at the famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on February 18.

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Davy Jones fans in New York have been reacting to the news of his death. Here’s what they’ve been saying on our Facebook page:

“OMG…I feel like a piece of my childhood just died! So sad!!!” posted Ceil Ganguzza.

“Some of my childhood was lost today..RIP Davey” posted Michael Dwyer.

Former Monkees bandmates expressed their condolences throughout the day. Mickey Dolenz issued a statement on Wednesday saying, “Can’t believe it…Still in shock…had bad dreams all night long. My love and prayers go out to Davy’s girls and family right now…”

Peter Tork posted on his Facebook page, “It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones. His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. My deepest sympathy to Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios to the Manchester Cowboy…”

In a long and philosophical message on Facebook, the fourth Monkee, Michael Nesmith, wrote, “That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality…David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.”

Jones rose to fame in 1965 when he joined The Monkees, a popular British rock group formed for a U.S. television show. Jones sang lead vocals on songs like “I Wanna Be Free” and “Daydream Believer.”

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Jones was born on Dec. 30, 1945, in Manchester, England, and his long hair and British accent helped him achieve heartthrob status in the United States.

According to The Monkees’ website,, he left the band in late 1970. In the summer of 1971, he recorded a solo hit, “Rainy Jane,” and made a series of appearances on American variety and television shows, including “Love American Style” and “The Brady Bunch.”

Jones played himself in a widely popular Brady Bunch episode, which aired in late 1971. In the episode, Marcia Brady, president of her school’s Davy Jones fan club, promised she could get him to sing at a school dance.

By the mid-1980s, Jones teamed up with former Monkees Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz and promoter David Fishof for a reunion tour. Their popularity prompted MTV to re-air The Monkees series, introducing the group to a new audience.

In 1987, Jones, Tork and Dolenz recorded a new album, “Pool It.”  Two years later, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In the late 1990s, the group filmed a special called “Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees.”

Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica.

What’s your favorite Davy Jones tune? Sound off below…

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  • Deborah Jeffries

    Susan I’m sorry if my comment seemed like I didn’t appreciate Davy Jones. He was very charismatic and had a great voice. I heard that Tork, Dolenz and Jones were supposed to tour in July, but I must agree with the surviving members that The Monkees couldn’t go on without Jones. No singer could fill his shoes. Musically speaking, Nesmith and Tork were real musicians who fought Kirschner and won the right to play their own instruments.

  • Deborah Jeffries

    Davy Jones was the frontman but I must be totally honest that the most musically talented of The Monkees was and is Peter Tork an outstanding bluesman who can play many instruments. I recommend Shoe Suede Blues Peter’s band live. If you like the blues as I do, you’ll love Tork live.

    • susan

      there have been 2 or 3 biographies shown on cable about the monkees, all of which were done before davy jones covered more how the group was formed and how it fell apart (a lot due to don kirschner)one was about the group as a whole and one was more about davy jones..all enlightening and interesting with interviews from all of them, even michael nesmith..davy jones was a very talented actor, and was acting on british tv in a soap when he was a young teen..he was the artful dodger on broadway..he was a bit more than a “frontman”..i do agree that peter tork is very talented however…

  • atruefanforever

    I LOVE you Davy Jones-he is still among us all in our hearts forever…. Davy jones was TRUE actor, musician, humanitarian, father, loving husband and friend to us all….he was a teen hearthrob young people could look up to: no swearing, no dis-sheveled appearance, just a fresh face and personality that people should emulate today, especially today’s singers. Davy Jones had class-REAL class and was so dignified….yo never heard anything bad about him in the press for the last 45 years, only GOOD things, like his helping animals and making people happy all over the world.

  • CT Native

    RIP Davy!

  • Mike

    Oh wow,like I can’t believe it,first Michael Jackson now Davey Jones!Oh wow!!

  • William

    It’s very depressing when people from your childhood start leaving us….. Guess that’s part of life.. Thank God for family.. RIP Davey

  • Deborah Jeffries

    I saw Peter Tork play two shows in Connecticut. I liked his solo work more than the other members of The Monkees because Tork’s work is more blues oriented. Was shocked about Jones today he always seemed so healthy and was touring up until last week. Gone too soon. Peace on your next journey Mr. Jones. Always a classy guy! I’m not your stepping stone my favorite and was covered by The Sex Pistols who did a good version in the late 70’s.

  • susan

    oh sad..i remember watching “the monkees” tv show and enjoying their music and the comidic aspects of the davey..these guys really did have talent, it was just hidden!

  • 60s Fan

    It is very sad when pop idols from your childhood begin to die off. Davy Jones was great back in the day … I saw him in the “Teen Idols Tour” in 1998 with Bobby Sherman and Peter Noone. It was a lot of fun! RIP

  • Marie Acedia

    To any and all doubters: I heard Davy sing (while dancing) in “Oliver!” on Broadway–nobody could do that back in the 60s without having a great set of pipes. As far as I know, at theaters in London (where he originally took over the role of the Artful Dodger) no musicals were miked at all during that period because actors/singers were expected to know how to project their voices throughout. After “Oliver!” he was cast as Sam Weller in the musical “Pickwick” but left early to pursue other commitments. Despite the artificiality of the Monkees as a band, then, make no mistake that Davy was the real thing.

  • bixter

    Cheer up Sleepy Jean – What does it mean to a daydreamer and a Homecoming Queen!!?

    • bixter

      Cheer up Sleepy Jean – What does it mean to a Daydream Believer and a Homecoming Queen!

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  • Tony

    R.I.P. Davey. Thanks for the memories.

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