Friday, March 2, 2012

David "Davy" Jones 1945-2012

The very first time I heard of Davy Jones was as a very young child in the 1970s, when a local station started running this quirky, funny show about a group of musicians called The Monkees. Of course it was a re-run, as the great heyday of Monkee-mania was during the late '60s. But for me, as a kid of around 6 or 7, it was completely new, and the zany antics of Davy Jones and the Monkees caught my attention.

Then during the '80s, a decade filled with love for retro-'60s culture, as well as a decade when the art form known as music videos came of age, the Monkees, arguably one of the true originators of combining music with action on film,  made a comeback. Their 1986 top 20 hit was "That was then, this is now." 

Monkeemania was back. Between 1986 to 1989, Davy Jones reunited with two of the other Monkees (Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz) to bring the fun and joy of their music to another generation.