Davy Jones – Our Tribute to the Man, the Monkee, The Legend
(December 30, 1945 – February 29, 2012)
Davy Jones, or David Thomas Jones if you want to get technical, was born December 30, 1945 in Lancashire, England and little did we know just how much this would impact not only our own lives but the entire music and entertainment industry!
He maintained his allure as a sexy icon through generations of fans. Davy Jones first invaded teen hearts as the international idol of millions in the 1960s Emmy Award-winning television classic The Monkees. Since the show hit televisions across America, Davy has triumphed as both a serious actor and a comedian on the theatrical stage; as a rock musician, composer, and artist; and, true to his first love, as an extremely able horseman.
Wednesday February 29, 2012 will be marked on every Monkees’ fan as the “day the music died.” Suffering a massive and fatal heart attack at his home in Florida, Davy Jones leaves behind four daughters, a beautiful wife and millions of fans around the world who grew to love this quirky little Brit and felt a connection to him and his work.
It’s no shock to fans like me who have been following Davy’s life and career for years. I’ve seen him in concert more times than I can count and yet, I never thought I’d have to say, “This is the last time I’ll see Davy Jones perform”. If you’ve seen him on stage, he’s full of life and energy! I heard many remarks over the years as dumbfounded fans stared in awe at the little man with the big voice dancing on stage as though he were a spry young man!
“He looks so young!”
“He’s so full of energy; he looks like he’s having so much fun!”
Whether you watched him on the Brady Bunch television show (OR the Brady Bunch movies!), followed his jockeying career, laughed at his goofy jokes, enjoyed his music (and those maracas!) or you just spent your childhood gazing up at his poster on your wall, we are all dealing with this huge loss in our own ways.
How do we, the fans, begin to accept this tragedy and move on? His band mates are torn apart and Micky Dolenz refers to him as the “brother I never had.” Surely, none of us could say the same thing.
Today we mourn and today the world mourns with us. What about tomorrow when the rest of the world moves on? We are left with the grief of losing a man that many of us saw as our first love.
I have been trying to refrain from referring to all this hyped media attention as just a bunch of “fair-weather fans” trying to get a piece of the action.
Today. Today is a new day and there is only one thing WE, his TRUE FANS can do. We carry on his legacy!! We keep his spirit his alive! We listen to his music, watch our DVDs, spend hours on YouTube watching Davy dance and we rejoice that we had him as long as we did! Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, I don’t think anybody can argue that Davy Jones is out there, “somewhere”, cracking jokes and breaking out into a smile… HIS smile, right down to the gleaming sparkle in his eye.
And that sparkle… that special gleam that only Davy Jones had… THAT is what I will carry with me always. After the media dies down, I will still be posting Monkees videos, pictures, quotes, anecdotes, news and opinions on Davy and the rest of the boys.
Why? Because it’s my only choice.
How will YOU carry on Davy’s memory in your life? What did he mean to you? How did Davy Jones or The Monkees influence your life?
Oh, and Davy? You’ll always be my Manchester Cowboy and little boy Oliver! I hope one day I can buy you that drink I owe you…