The Monkees Lead Singer Davy Jones Dies

Atlanta 2/29/2012 08:59 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

The Monkees I'm a Believer

Davy Jones, a popular 60s actor and singer who was cast in the TV band The Monkees alongside Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, died this week in Florida. Jones’ publicist Helen Kensick confirmed he passed away at his Indiantown home after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 66.

Jones initially trained to be a racehorse jockey, but he left the business after a friend approached him about starring in the musical Oliver in London theatre. He later appeared on Broadway and several TV shows, including Ben Casey and The Farmer’s Daughter. In 1966, Jones was cast as the lead singer of The Monkees on a scripted television show named after the band. The show was canceled two years later, but The Monkees continued to make music together until 1969. Some of their hits include Daydream Believer, Last Train To Clarksville and I’m a Believer. Jones toured with various incarnations of the Monkees up until last year.

Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and four daughters from previous relationships.

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