Wednesday, 29 February 2012

I thought love was only true in fairy tales

My first celebrity musical crush has died. Davy Jones of the Monkees has passed away in Florida from a heart attack at aged 66. I was so sad to see this in the papers today as I really loved him as a child and a teenager all over again with the revival of the show on Nick at Nite in the late 80s.

Isn't he adorable? he was really tiny--like 5 foot 3--the same height that I am and so I always felt close to him. Plus he was the only Englishman in the band--the rest were American (and some with a noticible twang. I'm talking about you Mike Nesmith!) But Davy had this cheeky little British accent that made me fall in lurve with him. I think Jack Wild from Puffinstuff and Davy Jones from the Monkees are the reason I became an Anglophile.

Who can forget when he did a crossover onto the Brady Bunch and went to the dance because Marcia had promised (as president of his fan club) that she could get him there?

I really loved the music of the Monkees as well. They did a reunion tour (sans Nesmith) when I was in the 11th grade and my mum took me and a friend to see it in Texas. It was a magical night--I swear Davy looked right at me when he was singing I Wanna Be Free. Really. Seriously. He did.

So Davy--may you rest in peace and know that always--I'm a Believer.


  1. Remember when we used to be "forced" to sing TAKE THE LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE. . . . .AND MEET ME AT THE STATION. . . .whenever we got to that town in NC on our way to and from The Mountain??

    I actually included that instruction in the driving directions I gave the Warths/Denhams/Smiths for getting to Alex for Garry's memorial service. It was never to be omitted.

    smile. good memories.

  2. oh yeah..............lots of good publicity on both CBS and NBC news broadcasts last night. Devoted a nice segment to what he and the Monkees meant to America.

  3. He was my first celebrity musical crush too, and I am proud to admit it! RIP dear Davy. x A