Heart Throb Davy Jones Deadby Tyler Woods on Mar. 01, 2012, under Life
My sister called me yesterday with some interesting news. She told me that Davy Jones from the Monkees had died. I felt her sadness as I felt my own wave come over me. Mine was a reminder that this was an end of a special time for many of us growing up; her sadness was she once truly was in love with Davy Jones and it got me thinking…
I rushed to Youtube and looked through all the Davy Jones video’s. I was looking for something specific, Davy Jones when he guest stared on the Brady Bunch. My sister thought he was ‘extra cute’ on that episode and she was right. I quickly found it, and put it on Facebook for her. She had written back that it made her cry.
She is not the only baby boomer crying. Davy Jones was the epitome of a teen idol. In the 70s teen Idols such as Bobby Sherman, Mark Lindsay, and David Cassidy shook the world of every teen girl, well not every teen girl. I was not a very big on teen idols, but I loved to watch the girls go nuts I found it fascinating. However, nothing or no one could make a girl go crazier than Davy Jones. You could walk into most girls’ rooms to find posters and photos hanging on the wall. I know my sisters walls might have well been wallpapered with photos and posters of Jones.
She was one of his biggest fans. I never met anyone like my sister who loved this English actor/singer. He was born in 1945 and became an overnight teen idol in 1965 when he joined the Monkees. No other teen idol could come near the likes of Davy Jones. He was cute, funny, charming, and he had an accent that melted young teen hearts.
Jones and his band mates Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith, were responsible for hits such as Last Train to Clarksville, Daydream Believer, Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You, I’m a Believer, I Wanna Be Free, Pleasant Valley Sunday and Steppin’ Stone. Jones had over a dozen albums from his own solo career as well. He and the Monkees did many reunions tours and I watched a video of him singing just from October of 2011. He remained very active as an entertainer.
When I was a young girl in 7th grade, my mother took my sister and I to Phoenix to see The Monkees. My sister Kath and her friend was crazy with excitement. The coliseum was crowded and crazy with thousands upon thousands of screaming teen girls. I recalled when the Monkees came out girls were screaming and passing out. It was a moment in my life I would never forget because as a young girl, I had never seen anything like this. It was Monkee mayhem.
Today, baby boomers are grieving the loss of Davy Jones. One friend said to me, ‘I didn’t even like the Monkees but I feel this one.’ It is true, though I was not a huge Monkee fan, I grew up with them, I watched them on TV and I lived with a sister that played there records non-stop and I sung their songs under my breath for over 4 decades. Indeed today, the world feels a little empty with one of Americans favorite teen idols dead at the age of 66 from a heart attack. His heart attack will bring heartbreak to millions of girls that loved him then and love him now.
You can visit Davy Jones webpage to see what the family has said, and to go down memory lane. Today, Retroflections bids a sad farewell to Davy Jones. What was your favorite song?