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.”