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Also Known As: David Thomas Jones, David Jones Died: February 29, 2012
Born: December 30, 1945 Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Birth Place: Manchester, England, GB Profession:

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Though he started his career as a performer on stage and screen, Davy Jones gained enormous popularity as the lead singer and tambourine player of the late-1960s pop sensation, The Monkees. Initially formed by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the short-lived sitcom, "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-68), the band battled to gain control of their own musical destinies, while continually facing a barrage of criticism from fans and critics over questions about their legitimacy. Regardless, The Monkees were a big hit and topped the charts with a number of singles and best-selling albums. While they continued recording after the show went off the air, the band soon split, leaving Jones to pursue an array of solo projects over the ensuing decades. Having largely left acting behind, Jones spent the remainder of his career pursuing music, leading his solo effort, the Davy Jones Band, while periodically collaborating with fellow Monkees Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork in a number of reunions. The full band reunited for their 30th anniversary, leading to a massively successful tour, but old tensions resurfaced and future plans were perpetually left in doubt. Despite attempts to reform in the new millennium,...

Though he started his career as a performer on stage and screen, Davy Jones gained enormous popularity as the lead singer and tambourine player of the late-1960s pop sensation, The Monkees. Initially formed by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the short-lived sitcom, "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-68), the band battled to gain control of their own musical destinies, while continually facing a barrage of criticism from fans and critics over questions about their legitimacy. Regardless, The Monkees were a big hit and topped the charts with a number of singles and best-selling albums. While they continued recording after the show went off the air, the band soon split, leaving Jones to pursue an array of solo projects over the ensuing decades. Having largely left acting behind, Jones spent the remainder of his career pursuing music, leading his solo effort, the Davy Jones Band, while periodically collaborating with fellow Monkees Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork in a number of reunions. The full band reunited for their 30th anniversary, leading to a massively successful tour, but old tensions resurfaced and future plans were perpetually left in doubt. Despite attempts to reform in the new millennium, all hopes for any further reunions were squashed following Jones' unexpected death in 2012. Despite a constant struggle to gain respect, in the end Jones left behind a lasting legacy as a legitimate frontman and pop icon.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Brady Bunch Movie, The (1995) Himself
2.
 Head (1968)
7.
 TV's All-Time Favorites (1995) Host
8.
 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1991) Recording Executive
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1960:
Made TV acting debut on the "BBC Sunday-Night Play" presentation "Summer Theatre: June Evening"
1962:
Cast as the Artful Dodger in the Broadway production of "Oliver!"
1964:
Performed with the Broadway cast of "Oliver!" on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS); episode also marked first appearance of The Beatles
1966:
Cast alongside Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith as The Monkees; the pop-rock group was assembled by filmmakers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider after watching The Beatles' 1964 film "A Hard Day's Night"
1966:
Co-starred on NBC series "The Monkees"; sitcom followed adventures of the band as they pursued rock and roll stardom
1966:
The Monkees released its self-titled debut, the first of four consecutive No. 1 albums in the U.S.; included the hit "(Theme from) The Monkees"; sang lead vocals
1967:
Released third album <i>Headquarters</i>, which marked the first one written and recorded primarily by the four members of the group
1967:
Group released signature hit "Daydream Believer"; song topped the <i>Billboard</i> charts
1968:
Made feature acting debut with The Monkees in musical comedy "Head," directed by Rafelson and co-starring Jack Nicholson
1971:
Made a memorable guest appearance on "The Brady Bunch" (ABC)
1974:
Reprised the Artful Dodger with a voiceover role in animated "Oliver Twist"
1976:
Following Tork's and Nesmith's departures (in 1969 and 1970, respectively), Jones and Dolenz continued to record and tour; released the album <i>Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart</i>
1978:
Appeared with Dolenz in Harry Nilsson's play "The Point" at the Mermaid Theatre in London
1986:
MTV revived "Monkee-Mania" with a marathon airing of the TV show
1986:
Reunited with The Monkees on stage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
1989:
With The Monkees, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1996:
Released eleventh and final studio album with four original members of The Monkees, <i>Justus</i> to celebrate 30th anniversary
1997:
Co-starred in the ABC movie "Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees," written and directed by Nesmith
2006:
Recorded the single "Your Personal Penguin," written by children's author Sandra Boynton
2008:
Named the No.1 teen idol of all time by Yahoo Music
2009:
Released solo album <i>She</i>, a collection of standards from the 1940s through the 1970s
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