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Davy Jones, actor and member of the Monkees, has died

February 29, 2012 | 11:07 am

The Monkees

Davy Jones, the British Invasion-era singer who became a household heartthrob as a member of the Monkees, has died in Florida.

The Martin County Medical Examiner’s Office in Florida confirmed Wednesday morning that they had been notified of Jones’ death but would provide no other details. He was 66.

Before the Monkees, Jones earned acclaim as the Artful Dodger in the London production of "Oliver!"

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The band, which also featured Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz, formed in 1966 for an NBC television show during the peak of Beatlemania, and the quirky comedy became an American hit.

In 2011, the Monkees (minus Nesmith) reunited for a 45th anniversary tour that landed at the Greek Theatre in July. The band performed many of its string of hits, including "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

Jones was scheduled to perform Monkees songs at a March 31 concert at the La Mirada Theatre in La Mirada.


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Photo: The Monkees (from left): Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith. Credit: Museum of Television & Radio.