Mar. 2nd, 2012

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"The Monkees" went off the air before I was born but I saw the re-runs on t.v. in the '70s and again in the late '80s after the group had a comeback hit in 1986 with "That Was Then, This Is Now." The four members were put together for a musical sitcom very loosely based on The Beatles, a precursor of "boy band" acts that emerged in the '80s and '90s.

Davy Jones was known as The Cute Monkee. He was a short guy (he became an amateur jockey in his 50s) but he had boyish good looks, charm, and that distinctive accent. (American chicks dig accents, even from northern England). By the time he was cast for the show, he was already an experienced actor as well as a song and dance man.

In his post-Monkees years, he appeared in various t.v. shows over the next several decades and attempted to get a solo career off the ground in the '70s. His best-known t.v. appearance was in a pop culture confluence of epic proportions: "The Brady Bunch." In this famous episode, Marcia struggles to get Davy Jones to perform at a dance. But once a Monkee, always a Monkee. Every great now and then he'd do a reunion tour and he frequently performed on his own over the years. If Mike Nesmith was the Harrison Ford of The Monkees, Davy was definitely the Mark Hamill. He always seemed to have a cheery upbeat attitude and seemed happy with his family and his horse farm.

R.I.P., Davy.

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