Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Davy Jones, Of 'The Monkees, Passes Away At Age 66

Today the news broke that Davy Jones, of The Monkees, passed away at the age of 66.  This news quickly made people nostalgic for their music and TV show.  Yes, there were even many young people wondering who he was just as they did with Paul McCartney on the Grammys a couple of weeks ago.

In the 1960's, The Beatles had taken over music and culture.  That only escalated when they arrived in the United States, went on a U.S. tour and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Much like today, TV producers wondered how they could capitalize on those fans.

In the fall on 1968, The Monkees made their debut on NBC.  The show catapulted it's stars into fame, and introduced everyone to a young British man by the name of Davy Jones.  The song 'Daydream Believer' made sure his poster would be on the wall of teenage girls everywhere.

Not only did he have success with their television show, but also had a story line in a popular episode of The Brady Bunch.  This is the episode where Marcia promises the kids at school she can get him to perform at the prom.  Jones even reprised this story line in The Brady Bunch Movie.

While the TV series only lasted two seasons, it has lived on in syndication.  The Monkees, and Davy Jones, found a new audience in the 1980's when MTV began airing reruns of the series.  This lead to a popular reunion tour and a resurgence of their music that has stayed.

Because of this new found popularity, TV producers tried to create The New Monkees and failed miserably.  This proved that it wasn't just a television series, it was everyone involved that made it special.  That includes Davy Jones.

Thank you for all the laughs and music.

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