Memories of Davy Jones of the Monkees, who passed away Feb. 29th, 2012 at 9:55am from a heart attack. He will be missed.
Growing up there were not many bands or singing groups that I knew by name. If someone turned on the radio, I would be lost as to who was who. Music was never really my thing and the only music that really held me back then was on the Oldies Station. I knew those groups better than I knew anyone that was famous while I was growing up. Though there was no group that stood out to me more than The Monkees. Not only did they have Great music, they had a TV show. This was my sister’s favorite group. So I grew up hearing their music all the time and watching the show. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know who the Monkees were.
I loved almost all of their songs while growing up and was thrilled when I started to see them in live shows. In the 1980’s, Micky Dolenz was at the Detroit Auto Show signing autographs. I thought that would be the closest I would ever get to someone so cool and famous. Though I was proven wrong as only a few years later my sister, Miki, started going to more and more Monkee events and shows. The thing that surprised us was that she made friends with them.
By the early 1990’s, we knew some of the Monkees. At that time it seemed we were either at a Davy or Micky show, seeing them on stage. They even did tours together. And not only did we go to concerts, but got to see Davy in Oliver Twist as Fagin!
Though I still loved the Monkees music and enjoyed watching their show, I did not see them for the famous people the were. I saw them as these guys that we have made friends with. When seeing them, it was like seeing someone who has been there throughout my life. They always remained my answer when asked who’s my favorite singing group. So it was neat to think that I’ve met three of them so many times, and took part with so much in going to these shows.
In the late 1990’s, I did slow down on going to the events, as Miki had a friend that was going with her instead. Though that didn’t stop me from having the Monkees original CD as the first disk in my six disk CD player in the car. I remained a fan and still would go to the shows when I could, it did cut down to about one time a year, though I always looked forward to going to a Monkees show. Seeing them up on stage and getting to talk with them after the show. I felt they were lucky. They were living the dream.
One of my favorite memories comes from 1993 when we went to St. Louis to see Davy in Oliver. I just did a bit of an extra trip before that going off and doing a big chapter in my Ninja Turtle adventures. Though once we got there it was all about seeing Oliver. Not only was it cool because Davy was Fagin, but it is also my favorite musical. When I was really little, my sister and brother were in the school play of “Oliver” and I would go watch them rehearse daily. So I knew the songs and enjoyed it a lot. I thought it was funny that my favorite musical was mixed up with my favorite singing group. The play turned out great, it was fun to see Davy enjoying being Fagin, as he was Dodger in this very play back as a child.
It was after the show and we returned to our hotel when the memory I speak of happened. One of Davy’s managers was with him on this trip with her daughter. Her daughter happened to be friends with Miki and got it so she could spend the night in our hotel room. But there was traveling to be done early morning so we were told to head to bed early. This is not something that we held true to as we explored the hotel running around for most of the night. Though at one point, we ran around the corner and there stood Davy with his Manager. I remember the looks, Miki and I stepped back as we got in trouble then sent to bed. After we got away from them heading back to our hotel room, I remember laughing so hard. A Monkee sent us to bed. These are memories I will always cherish. Davy was a very talented and bright man. He brought billions of people happiness during his life time and deserves to be remembered for the great things that he’s done. Davy is one of the Monkees, a great group who went through a wild ride in the 1960’s and kept that trip going for those of us who came in the later years. My thoughts go out to all the other Monkees, Davy’s family, friends, and fans who are feeling the grief that I feel right now for his lost. He will be missed, and we were lucky to have him in our lives.
These are memories I will always cherish. Davy was a very talented and bright man. He brought billions of people happiness during his life time and deserves to be remembered for the great things that he’s done. Davy is one of the Monkees, a great group who went through a wild ride in the 1960’s and kept that trip going for those of us who came in the later years.
My thoughts go out to all the other Monkees, Davy’s family, friends, and fans who are feeling the grief that I feel right now for his lost. He will be missed, and we were lucky to have him in our lives.