Posted in music on February 29, 2012

Davy Jones

An official from the medical examiner's office for Martin County, Florida confirmed with TMZ they received a call from Martin Memorial Hospital informing them that Jones had passed away.

Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and 4 daughters from previous marriages. He was 66-years-old. Jones was married to Jessica Pacheco -- his 3rd wife.

Jones joined The Monkees in 1965 ... along with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork ... and together they churned out a bunch of hugely popular songs including 3 number 1 hits -- "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."

Davy Jones passed away from a heart attack this morning at the age of 66. Mike Nesmith posted the following message:
All the lovely people. Where do they all come from?

So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don't know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don't exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity.

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. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane.

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.

RIP Davy.

The Monkees frontman recently played NYC on Feb 18th at BB King's, one of his last shows ever. Video of Jones at that show, along with some other classic Monkees tracks, below....


Davy Jones - It's Nice to be with You at BB King's 2/18

The Monkees - I'm a Believer

The Monkees - "Pleasant Valley Sunday"

The Monkees - Last Train to Clarksville

The Monkees (Theme)

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Comments (137)

FUCKING SUCKS.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:16 PM

boooo! rip!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:17 PM

Axl Rose stole his dance. That is true.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:17 PM

RIP DAVY.

YOU ARE LOVED BY MILLIONS.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:19 PM

This is the saddest news of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:24 PM

I grew up LOVING The Monkees!!! Too young!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:25 PM

Think someone will take a picture of his casket and sell it to the Enquirer?

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:25 PM

Think Mike Nesmith will join the remaining Monkees now?

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:26 PM

The Monkees tv show was part of my childhood. :-(

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:29 PM

sad very sad

and shocking

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:31 PM

This is incredibly upsetting news

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:31 PM

Devastating news.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:31 PM

so sad. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:32 PM

The Byrds and The Beach Boys given a free pass for using session musicians and outside writers but The Monkees were shunned for it. Too many great hits (and a killer psychedelic film collaboration with Bob Rafelson & Jack Nicholson) to be ignored. RIP DAVY!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:32 PM

John will miss you forever Davey...you were his childhood hero !

Posted by rupaul | February 29, 2012 2:33 PM

RIP....too young! Sad!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:33 PM

damn it!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:34 PM

very shocked

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:34 PM

Why weren't they let into the Rock and Roll hall of fame while they were all alive?

Fuck Jann Wenner.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:34 PM

I remember the day that kennedy was shot...and now i'll remember today forever

Posted by phil | February 29, 2012 2:34 PM

Heartfelt condolences to his children: Talia, Sarah, Jessica, Annabel, and Ashish.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:36 PM

Very sad news. RIP Davy.

Posted by Dan | February 29, 2012 2:38 PM

I feel sad :-(

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:39 PM

Davy never quit performing his whole life. He is a inspiration to musicians all over the world.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:41 PM

Rest in peace, my brotha.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:44 PM

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees! People say we monkey around! But we're too busy singing, to put anybody down...

Sad news, RIP

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:44 PM

Loved the Monkees as a kid.

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:46 PM

2:32 - spot on. The same session players that were on the Beach Boys records were also on the Monkees' singles and LPs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:52 PM

always sad when someone who brought so much joy to the world passes away...

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:54 PM

This is heartbreaking.

RIP Davy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:56 PM

Jann Wenner is scum.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:57 PM

The Monkees aren't in the rock and roll hall of fame? You sure??

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 2:59 PM

The Rock and Roll hall of fame is a joke. Jann Werner only puts in the people he likes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:02 PM

Seriously? Who gives a fuck about the R&R hall of fame?

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:05 PM

"always sad when someone who brought so much joy to the world passes away..."

Sadly, 2:54 nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:06 PM

Definitely not in the rock and roll hall of fame. Peter Tork said some words about it at the Coney Island show this past summer. Was hoping Nesmith would come out for their 50th Reunion in 4 years. Too bad it's a moot point now. Goodbye, Davy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:06 PM

Brilliant career! RIP!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:06 PM

The above letter that Mike Nesmith posted brought tears to my eyes. So profound and touching. RIP!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:09 PM

The Monkees were incredibly talented people. They weren't the best musicians of their time, but they were all talented actors, musicians and artists. It is very sad to hear about the loss of Davy Jones, but his career will be remembered by millions.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:12 PM

The Monkees HEAD is genius!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:13 PM

That Mike Nesmith letter is fantastic. RIP Davy Jones. You'll be missed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:14 PM

THE PORPOISE SONG, which featured brilliant harmonies by Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones is a classic to be remembered for eternity.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:15 PM

I have tears in my eyes and not exactly sure why. I haven't thought about The Monkees in years but this totally caught me off guard. Reflecting on my childhood with uncontrolled nostalgia running through my mind. This is incredibly sad news! Millions and millions are thinking of the happiness you brought to their lives at one point in time. RIP Davy!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:16 PM

This brought tears to my eyes. It hit me as hard as George Harrison's passing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:21 PM

ALL THE MONKEES EVER DID WAS BRING JOY TO PEOPLE'S LIVES.

RIP DJ.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:22 PM

This news didn't hit me until I read these comments. He was loved for so many reasons. Such a talented, classy and generous human being. :(

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:24 PM

Saw them at the Beacon last year and I'm glad I did. Only the Monkees could make the simple act of leaving the stage a comedic event. And of course, all those amazing songs. Yes, HEAD movie is brilliant. Finally, when I watched their TV show, I felt that I was hanging out with friends. RIP Mr. Jones...

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:27 PM

I will never be able to listen to Daydream Believer without shedding a tear for Davy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:28 PM

I went to the Beacon Theatre show as well. It was one of the most entertaining concerts I've ever attended. Davy sang his heart out. He will be missed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:30 PM

People are singing Daydream Believer at Union Square. This is so sad.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:33 PM

I was so sad to hear this. I only saw the Monkees once live - (this past summer in Coney Island) but it was truly one of the best concerts a I have ever seen, and I have seen many great shows!
Thank you to Marty Markowitz for choosing The Monkees to play at Coney Island this summer, and Thank-you Davey Jones for all the terrific music. You will be missed by many!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:35 PM

Those of you posting here with derogatory comments about Jan Wenner should take into consideration that Wenner himself doesn't nominate or choose who gets into the R&R Hall of Fame. He votes, along with other board members.
Steven Van Zandt is another musician who has been critical of who isn't in the Hall, yet he remains a voting member. But he doesn't go around calling the man largely resposible for creating the Hall things like "scum".
Be careful of stones that you throw...

Posted by Gus | February 29, 2012 3:36 PM

Jaan Wenner is still scum.

R.I.P. D.J.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:39 PM

Whatever Gus, Jann Wenner can take it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:39 PM

That video of Davy's last performance is making me cry...

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:40 PM

@3:36 - Jann Wenner specifically blackballed The Monkees from getting in.

Who cares, a legend died today.

:(

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:41 PM

It's sad, but it was a fake band, you all know that right? They were an invention of a television writer, and the music was mostly produced by LA studio cats.

Just the same, it was a part of my childhood too, so I am bummed to hear the news.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:42 PM

Not only did he sing so well at the Beacon, he danced amazingly, recreating the routine performed with Toni Basil (Hey Micky...that's the one) during the HEAD movie wonderfully. I can't even work right now..terrible news.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:42 PM

"Those of you posting here with derogatory comments about Jan Wenner should take into consideration that Wenner himself doesn't nominate or choose who gets into the R&R Hall of Fame. He votes, along with other board members."

RIIIIIIIIIGHT, and Steve Jobs was just a member of his LT and didn't make any unilateral binding decisions on his own either.

Wait, I hear an alarm somewhere, and the smell of coffee ...

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:43 PM

I don't get this "fake band" stuff. Who cares? The music was real.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:45 PM

Beacon Theatre was a remarkable reunion show! Davy's voice was spectacular!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:46 PM

3:45 never got the hate around Milli Vanilli either. the music was soooooo reeeeaaaallll

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:46 PM

Right on 3:45! The music IS real and it will live on long past all of us!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:46 PM

Wait, did somebody else sing The Monkees songs?

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:47 PM

to the 1st 3:46....hey man, not a time to be a juvenile fool. Take that nonsense to another thread.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:48 PM

Most people forget that the Monkees fought for more creative control and basically pried themselves free from the clutches of Don Kirshner. An honorable fight.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:51 PM

Headquarters was how The Monkees sounded as a REAL band. The arrangements were under their direction, and they played all of the guitars, bass, keys, and drums, not to mention 3 and 4 part harmonies as great as The Beatles. So fuck anyone that says they weren't a real band! They played sold out arena tours without session guys, not to mention handpicking Jimi Hendrix to open their 1st tour, way before Hendrix was the legend he became.

Headquarters is a masterpiece = Fact.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 3:54 PM

RIP hippie

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:10 PM

Hey 3:54, I was unaware of that info. Thanks for posting! RIP!! Your music will live on always!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:17 PM

i saw davy jones and his current wife on the dr phil show. his current wife said that he would not hang up the bathroom towels after he used them and that upset her.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:23 PM

I've always said the harmonies on The Porpoise Song, sung by Jones and Dolenz are the most beautiful harmonies in recorded history.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:24 PM

@3:47 The Monkees sang their songs. They did not play the instruments on various records, after proving they could for a few albums. They were no different than The Beach Boys or most groups of the 60's. They just got a lot of attention for it, because they were television actors as well as musicians.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:31 PM

This one hurts. I cried when Dio passed away. I haven't cared about a celebrity death since...

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:32 PM

the monkees had jimi hendrix thrown off their tour in 1967 because he was too sexually suggestive for the monkees crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:33 PM

^ ^ incorrect. Hendrix walked off the tour because he was getting blown away by THE MONKEES.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:34 PM

Never underestimate the value of comedy in music!

The amount of love for this man is proof of the validity of that statement.

Posted by Michael Stipe | February 29, 2012 4:35 PM

"The Monkees also influenced Michael Stipe of REM. Stipe would not allow REM to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame unless The Monkees are inducted first."

But R.E.M. were inducted... by that cheeseball Eddie Vedder!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:39 PM

RIP Davy. You will be missed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:40 PM

^^ incorrect - davy jones was blowing hendrix while he was sleeping, hendrix woke up and freaked out and left the tour.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:42 PM

I never understood why REM were so influenced by The Monkees and not The Beatles. Perhaps they connected with Nesmith's southern folk songs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:44 PM

SHOCKING NEWS.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:47 PM

saw them on the 87 reunion tour as a kid. RIP Davey

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:49 PM

another fallen hero. my eyes are watering.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:51 PM

bunch of fucking pansies on this site.
did anyone know Davy? no
did Davy drive you home from the police station the night you got popped for DUI? no
did Davy walk you down the isle at your wedding? no
did Davy hold you and let you cry on his shoulder when your dog died? no

Davy was counting his money and hooting lines of blow when all that was going on. he didn't know you, nor you him. there are others in your life who do deserve your mourning, or adoration, or just time and attention.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:54 PM

This acoustic version of "I wanna be free" will make anyone with a pulse cry...

http://youtu.be/0Z3rEmCg1Aw

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:56 PM

I knew Davy! He was so kind and generous. He gave millions to charity and spent his whole life making people smile. He was a true entertainer in every meaning of the word!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:58 PM

4:56, That is really beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 4:59 PM

The Beacon show was spectacular. I can't believe I won't get to see that kind of performance again.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 5:04 PM

"Justin Bieber stole my haircut and Axl Rose stole my dance. All I've got left is my memories."

Sad day in music history.

RIP Davy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 5:16 PM

Davy Jones was never into hard drugs. He enjoyed the occasional spliff. Tork was the junkie of the group.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 5:21 PM

People are singing Daydream Believer outside my office. This is really bumming me out. :(

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 5:23 PM

7 A !

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 5:32 PM

John Lennon loved the Monkees, they were invited to visit the Beatles in the studio during the Pepper sessions...not many groups can say that!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 5:33 PM

Whats this got to do with David Bowie?

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 5:36 PM

Very sad. The Monkees brought happiness to many, many people.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 5:40 PM

Great talent ... Terrible loss

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 6:03 PM

RIP Jones

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 6:37 PM

"He was a vegetarian, and there was not an ounce of fat on the guy," Jacobson said. "He lived on the beach in Florida and ran miles every morning. This is the last person I expected this to happen to. He couldn't have been in better shape."

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 6:58 PM

Beacon Theatre was special...

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 7:31 PM

Davy Jones knew how to party.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 7:33 PM

I skipped the Beacon show. Had no idea this would happen. That sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 7:35 PM

Davy Jones rocked my grandmother's cock!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 8:01 PM

This sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 8:37 PM

People around the world are getting drunk in Davy's honor. I sure am!

Posted by Tim | February 29, 2012 9:55 PM

he was actually pretty fat. and short. not the best combination at 66. who knows...sad either way.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 10:26 PM

Brooklyn Vegan has strange content review policies....wrote a full paragraph about how much Jones meant to people etc. and that got held for "review" and not posted. But the one about the cock and the grandmother was instantly posted. nice.
so if I write the MEHnkees, I guess that will work too?

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 10:28 PM

and Listen to the Hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 10:30 PM

Davy is eternal. His songs will live in our hearts. And he was a fine dancer too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 11:10 PM

It was like 110 degrees at Coney Island the night Davy performed the free Monkees show.The smell of pot everywhere.Great night for me and my grandmother.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 11:26 PM

Davy had such a beautiful voice.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 11:32 PM

I was at the Coney Island show. It was melting hot out, but they put on a tremendous show I'll never forget. I enjoyed every minute.

RIP DAVY.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 11:36 PM

Does Mike Nesmith always talk like Yoda?

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 11:37 PM

Does humor belong in music?

Posted by Frank | February 29, 2012 11:40 PM

Davy Jones had a marvelous career! His music will live on!

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 11:48 PM

"I would say that fifty percent of my show is killer comedy." - Davy Jones

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 11:54 PM

Davy always gave %100. Sad to see a performer of this caliber pass.

Posted by Anonymous | February 29, 2012 11:59 PM

shame to hear he died..R.I.P. Davy..

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 12:08 AM

:-(

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 12:46 AM

Head was an excellent movie. And wasnt Michael Nesmith one of the producers of the movie Repo Man?

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 12:47 AM

The Monkees put on a killer tour last year! RIP Davy!

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 12:47 AM

He had a lovely voice and the talent to make people of all ages smile. He will be missed...

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 12:49 AM

I grew up watching The Monkees. Sad day for the fans.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 12:51 AM

His dancing always made me feel embarrassment and shame at an existential level

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 10:20 AM

Good bye Davy Jones

Posted by Finnegan | March 1, 2012 10:41 AM

i once saw davy jones and his hot telemundo wife eating hummus at mamouns

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 11:09 AM

RIP DAVY

you will be missed

great talent

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 3:14 PM

The Monkees put on a killer tour last year! RIP Davy!

Posted by Games | March 8, 2012 7:31 AM

David Jones was my #1 favorite celebrity. Really, really sad. Kinda like losing a best friend, yet I only met him once. Some leave a lasting impression and that he sure did. Bravo. RIP

Posted by LCB | April 7, 2012 1:57 PM

r.i.p davy

Posted by jordon | August 5, 2013 3:26 PM

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