By Kenneth E. Oquist
Well known for being full of boundless energy and being full of life, the entertainment world has lost a dear friend. Performing as recent as last week, Davey Jones died of a massive heart attack this morning. He was 66. I saw him live in concert as part of The Monkees, with Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz, at the Minnesota State Fair in 1986. He put on an excellent and entertaining show.
Tomorrow, on Thursday, March 1st, Sirius XM Radio’s (NASDAQ:SIRI) 60′s on 6 channel will have an all day tribute to Davy Jones if you would like to extensively explore the vast amount of music that Jones produced. It’s really much deeper than people realize. The songs “Valleri” and “Daydream Believer” are of course his best known. Millions saw the Monkees television show when it was out and the show went on to be shown extensively in syndication.
I don’t care who makes fun of me. I liked The Monkees before The Beatles and got into them later. I have most of their huge catalog of music. I would like to see a marathon of the television shows. I have not seen them in awhile. Me, along with Michael Nesmith, will keep his memory alive. Check out the song “Star Collector” which was really quite inventive — utilizing a synthesizer in 1967. This is one of my favorites and a totally underrated song in The Monkees vast catalog. You can find “Star Collector”, along with the hit “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, on the album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones LTD. Check the whole release out, as it is an excellent work as a whole. The track “Daily Nightly” features Mickey Dolenz singing and also playing the synthesizer. The tracks ”Don’t Call on Me”, ”The Door Into Summer” and “Love is Only Sleeping” also stand out. Davy Jones will be deeply missed.
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