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Animal Radio to Repeat Davy Jones’ Final Interview

When Davy Jones passed away on February 29, 2012, the Morro Bay, CA crew that puts together the wildly popular weekly show Animal Radio were faced with a dilemma. They had banked what turned out to be the actor and former Monkees lead singer’s last interview. The question suddenly became: Should the interview be aired?

The issue was put to a vote on the show’s Facebook page and buoyed by a resounding yes from fans, the Jones conversation was shared in April. For those who missed it, the entertaining interview with hosts Hal Abrams and Judy Francis will be repeated on the New Year’s Eve weekend edition of Animal Radio. From that telephone chat:

“I played Epcot Center’s Flower Power festival on Mother’s Day last year and I will again this year… I gave out T-shirts that say, ‘Davy knows your mother.’”

“It’s all changed of course. I went to see Peter Noone the night before at Epcot. They’re all getting old, these guys. I mean he sings, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Walker.” And then Tony Orlando was there and he was singing, you know, “Knock Three Times on the Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall.”

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Monkee Davy Jones, A ‘Great Performer,’ Dead at 66

Davy Jones, the devil-may-care Monkee, died today of a massive heart attack in his Florida home. He was 66.

Riding the wave of the Beatles, the Monkees were born in 1966. Jones, a Brit, was placed in the Paul McCartney role. The Monkees were the creation of record producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider. With a stable of songwriters like Neil Diamond, the Monkees became an overnight sensation with an NBC sitcom and their likeness everywhere else.

Jones sang lead on several chart-topping hits including I’m a Believer and Daydream Believer.

WCBS-FM morning man Dan Taylor was saddened to learn of Jones’ passing.

“[He was] always a great performer. I’ve interviewed him several times, and I always enjoyed his stories.” Taylor tells FishbowlNY. “Especially how he had a school chum named Daniel Taylor.”

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How Davy Jones Helped Save Tiger Beat Magazine

In the wake of the death on April 5th of Charles Laufer, co-founder with brother Ira of Tiger Beat magazine, LA Times obit writer Keith Thursby shares a tuneful trip down memory lane.

After graduating from USC with a degree in journalism, Laufer got his publisher feet wet while teaching at several high schools. His first magazine, aimed at students, was Teen, followed in 1965 by Tiger Beat:

“We were in business for four months, funds were drying up,” Larry said. His brother and the magazine’s editor went to a screening of new television shows and Laufer remembered Davy Jones from the cast of Oliver! on Broadway.

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