Davy Jones: Four zany moments, from 'Brady Bunch' to 'SpongeBob'
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.
Davy Jones, star of the 1960s TV series "The Monkees," died Wednesday at the age of 66.
The Martin County medical examiner’s office in Florida said it had been notified of his death but would provide no further details; TMZ is reporting that Jones dies of a heart attack and that he passed away at Martin Memorial Hospital in Florida.
A child actor from Manchester, England, Jones snagged a Tony nomination in 1963 as the Artful Dodger in the original production of "Oliver!" Then he etched his autograph in the hearts of American women as one of the madcap Monkees.
In 1965 he was cast in the TV musical-comedy series about a zany band inspired by the Beatles. Jones, with his mop top and British accent, was an instant heartthrob. He sang some of the band's hits, including "Daydream Believer," and appeared in the series until it ended in 1968, as well as in "Head," the awesomely psychedelic 1968 Monkees movie (which, believe it or not, was co-produced by Jack Nicholson and included cameos by Frank Zappa and Dennis Hopper).
Here's a snippet of him in the movie:
Jones was so beloved by young women that "The Brady Bunch" created a whole episode around him, with Marcia Brady (president of the Davy Jones Fan Club) attempting to get Jones to appear at her prom.
In later years he performed in Monkees reunions and released a solo album. His legend carried over to a younger generation when he appeared in the "Davy Jones Locker" episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants."
[For the record, 12:18 p.m., March 29: An earlier version this post mistakenly suggested that Jones sang "I'm A Believer" instead of "Daydream Believer."]
-- Joy Press
Photo: Monkees star Davy Jones in 1997. Credit: Ann Johansson