December 1, 2012 |
'Once upon a time" - as Peter Tork once succinctly narrated the Monkees' story - "four lads got together, not entirely by their own choice. " Over the course of nearly 50 years, the Monkees have evolved from a thrown-together sitcom cash-in on the mop-topped bands of the 1960s to pop icons on a par with those classic rockers. Still, the reunion of Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith at the Keswick on Thursday was once again not entirely by choice. The occasion, which marks Nesmith's first U.S. tour with the band since 1969, was prompted by the sudden death of Davy Jones in February.
March 9, 2012 |
BEAVERTOWN, Pa. - In death, you could say, Monkees singer Davy Jones is on tour again. His funeral was Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. Memorials are planned in Los Angeles, New York City, and his native England. But amid the global fanfare, legions of social-media-savvy fans are flocking to this rural Pennsylvania borough for a modest commemoration. Tiny Beavertown, 160 miles northwest of Philadelphia, is honoring Jones on Saturday with a four-hour event to celebrate his music and pay tribute to a fondly remembered resident.
March 6, 2012
"Another Pleasant Valley Sunday, Charcoal burning everywhere, Rows of houses that are all the same, And no one seems to care. " By Chris Gibbons When I heard the sad news that the Monkees' Davy Jones had passed away, I thought of the drive I took through my old neighborhood in Roxborough last summer, just a few weeks before the band was scheduled to appear at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby. My wife and I and a group of friends had just bought our tickets for the show, and as I drove through the neighborhood, I set my iPod to shuffle through the many Monkees songs on it. "Pleasant Valley Sunday" was playing, and the lyrics couldn't have been more appropriate.
March 2, 2012
SOMETIMES, a piece of news socks you in the gut. It may not be momentous, like Mitt Romney winning his home state by a whopping three-point margin, and it might not be entirely unexpected, like the death of Amy Winehouse. But when it happens, you stop whatever you are doing, lean back in your chair and take a deep breath. It's worth a moment of reflection. That's what happened when I heard that Davy Jones had died of a heart attack at age 66. I hadn't thought about the ex-Monkee in a very long time until, last month, when I caught that old Brady Bunch episode in which he croons to a flaxen-haired Marcia, "Gehl, look whut yeuve dun too mee. " Watching a very young Davy train those liquid brown eyes on an undeserving Marcia made me sigh, despite my 50-year-old self.
March 1, 2012 |
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Davy Jones, 66, the leading heartthrob of the much-loved pre-fab 1960s rock band the Monkees, who sang many of the made-for-TV act's biggest hits, including "Daydream Believer," died Wednesday in Florida. Mr. Jones died of a massive heart attack in Indiantown, Fla., where he lived, his publicist Helen Kensick said. Detectives with the Martin County Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division were conducting a death investigation, but said foul play was not suspected.
March 1, 2012
IT'S NOT everyday that you get to tell your childhood crush how much you loved him the way I did with the late lead singer of the Monkees. It was 2009 and Davy Jones, who died early yesterday of a heart attack, was selected to appear in the Daily News' annual Sexy Singles roundup. The former teenage hearthrob had been at the Philadelphia International Airport flipping through a copy of the paper when he spotted our ad asking readers for nominations. At the time, Jones was living on a horse farm in Beavertown, about an hour away from Harrisburg, where he had 11 horses.
February 29, 2012 |
Davy Jones, former singer for the Monkees, has died in Florida, according to a medical examiner's office there. The singer was 66, and is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters. He died in Florida, but also lived recently in Pennsylvania, and was a Daily News Sexy Single several years ago. The medical examiner's office for Martin County, Fla., confirmed it had been notified that Jones had died, but had no further details. The Monkees, in reality a rock band formed for a TV show, had a string of hits in the 1960s.
September 29, 2006 |
Somewhere over Michel Gondry's rainbow, cotton-wool clouds dapple the sky, cellophane shimmers like champagne, and lovers gallop off on a corduroy pony. Gondry doesn't direct films, he conjures them. As with The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and his music videos for the likes of Beck and Bj?rk, The Science of Sleep is the buoyant reverie of a daydream believer who converts his audience. Where Eternal Sunshine follows estranged lovers who inch back together, Science is the saga of soul mates struggling to connect.