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Davy Jones (born David Thomas Jones 30 December 1945) is an Englishmarker pop singer-songwriter and actor best known as a member of The Monkees.

Career

Jones was born in Manchestermarker, Englandmarker on 30 December 1945. He lost his mother to emphysema when he was 14 years old. His father had hopes for him as a jockey, and just after his mother died, his father sent him to live with Basil Foster to train. Basil was approached by a friend who worked in the theatre on the West End of London during casting. Basil said, "I've got the kid." Jones then became more interested in being in show business. As a teenager he appeared on British TV soap operas, including Coronation Streetmarker. He appeared to great acclaim in the musical Oliver! as the Artful Dodger, playing the role both in Londonmarker and on Broadwaymarker and was nominated for a Tony Award. On 9 February 1964, he appeared with the Broadwaymarker cast of Oliver on the Ed Sullivan show, the same episode on which The Beatles made their first appearance. Jones says of that night, "I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that."

Ward Sylvester of Screen Gems (then the television division of Columbia Pictures) signed Jones to a contract, following his Ed Sullivan appearance. A pair of American television appearances followed, in episodes of Ben Casey and The Farmer's Daughter. He also recorded a single and album for Colpix Records, which charted but weren't huge hits.

From 1965 to 1971, Jones was a member of The Monkees, a pop-rock group formed expressly for a TV show of the same name. With Screen Gems producing the series, Jones was shortlisted for auditions, as he was the only Monkee who was signed to a deal with the studio, but still had to meet producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider's standards.

He appeared in one episode of The Brady Bunch and in two episodes of Love, American Style. He also appeared, in animated form, on an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies plus Spongebob Squarepants in Spongebob Vs. The Big One as himself.

As a Monkee, Jones sang lead vocals on many of the group's songs, including "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer." After the show went off the air and the group disbanded, he continued to perform solo, later joining with fellow-Monkee Micky Dolenz and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart as a short-lived group called Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart.

He guest-starred as himself on the TV Show Sabrina The Teenage Witch and sang Daydream Believer to Sabrina.

In 1978 he appeared with Micky Dolenz in Harry Nilsson's play The Point at the Mermaid Theatre in London. Jones as Oblio and Dolenz as The Count. Also, Jones makes a cameo appearance as himself in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SpongeBob vs. The Big One" (his appearance was meant to be a pun on Davy Jones' Locker).

In recent years, Jones performed with his former bandmates in reunion tours and appeared in several productions of Oliver! as Fagin. He continued to race horses with some success in his native Englandmarker, while residing in Beavertown, Pennsylvania, United Statesmarker. He owns and races horses in the United States and served as a commercial spokesman for Colonial Downs racetrack in Virginia.He has a residence in Stuart, Florida.

In April 2006, Jones recorded the single "Your Personal Penguin," written by children's author Sandra Boynton, as a companion piece to her new board book of the same title. On 1 November 2007, the Boynton book and CD titled "Blue Moo" was released. Davy is featured in the book and on the CD, singing "Your Personal Penguin" and has become a close friend of Boynton as a result of the project. In 2007 Jones also recorded the theme for a campy movie comedy called Sexina: Popstar PI.

Jones also performed in the 2009 Flower Power Concert Series during Epcotmarker's Flower and Garden Festival.

In December 2008, Yahoo Music named Davy Jones #1 teen idol of all time. In 2009 Jones was rated second in a list of 10 best teen idols compiled by Fox News.

In October 2009, Jones put to rest any rumours concerning a Monkees' reunion, stating he has no desire to work with the band. "It's not a case of dollars and cents. It's a case of satisfying yourself," said Jones. "I don't have anything to prove. The Monkees proved it for me."

Singles

Date Label/Catalog # Titles (A-side / B-side) Billboard Top Singles Cashbox Notes
??/1965 Colpix CP-764 Dream Girl / Take Me To Paradise
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Credited as "David Jones."
??/1965 Colpix CP-784 What Are We Going To Do? / This Bouquet
93
94
Credited as "Mr. David Jones."
??/1965 Colpix CP-793 The Girl From Chelsea / Theme For A New Love
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Credited as "David Jones."
04/1971 Bell 986 Do It In The Name Of Love / Lady Jane
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By Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones. Released as by "The Monkees" in some countries, this is technically the group's last single during their original run, although by this point they had lost the rights to the name.
06/1971 Bell 45-111 Rainy Jane / Welcome To My Love
52
32
10/1971 Bell 45-136 I Really Love You / Sittin' In The Apple Tree
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98
11/1971 Bell 45-159 Girl / Take My Love
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01/1972 Bell 45-178 I'll Believe In You / Road To Love
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??/1972 MGM K14458 You're A Lady / Who Was It
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??/1973 MGM K14524 Rubberene / Rubberene
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This single was released as a promo copy only.
05/1978 Warner Brothers 17161 (Hey Ra Ra Ra) Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse / You Don't Have To Be A Country Boy To Sing A Country Song
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Issued in England only to commemorate Mickey Mouse's 50th Birthday
05/1981 Japan JAS-2007 It's Now / How Do You Know
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Released in Japan only.
06/1981 Japan JAS-2010 Dance Gypsy / Can She Do It (Like She Dances)
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Released in Japan only.
03/1982 Pioneer K-1517 Sixteen (Baby, You'll Soon Be Sixteen) / Baby, Hold Out
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Released in Japan only.
12/1984 No Label JJ2001 I'll Love You Forever / When I Look Back On Christmas
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Released in England only.
??/1987 Powderworks 374 After Your Heart / Hippy Hippy Shake
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Released in Australia only.


NOTES: Jones recorded two singles with former Monkee Micky Dolenz and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart under the group name "Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart" on Capitol Recordsmarker in 1975. They were "I Remember The Feeling"/"You & I" (Capitol 4180) and "I Love You (And I'm Glad That I Said It)"/"Savin' My Love For You" (Capitol 4271). Jones also released a single with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork in 1976 titled "Christmas Is My Time of Year" / "White Christmas" (Christmas CDS-700/701) which saw a rerelease in 1986 (Christmas CDS-702/703). Lastly, Jones had an EP release in the UK with Micky Dolenz culling tracks from their performance in Harry Nilsson's "The Point!" performance in London in 1978: "Lifeline" (Jones) / "It's A Jungle Out There" (Dolenz) / "Gotta Get Up" (Jones & Dolenz). It was released as MCA 348.

Vinyl albums

Date Label/Catalog # Titles (A-side / B-side) Billboard Top Singles Cashbox Notes
??/1965 Colpix CP-784 (mono) / Colpix SCP-784 (stereo) David Jones
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Credited as "David Jones."
06/1971 Bell 6067 Davy Jones
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01/1978 MCA MCF2826 The Point
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Jones sings most of the songs on this original cast recording of Harry Nilsson's stage performance of "The Point!." Album was initially released in England only, followed by a release in Japan.
06/1981 Japan JAL-1003 Davy Jones Live
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Released in Japan only.
03/1982 Pioneer K-10025 Hello Davy (Davy Jones Live)
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Released in Japan only. According to some sources, this is an unauthorized LP release, with the audio having been lifted from the Japanese-released laserdisc of this concert.


NOTES: Jones recorded an album with former Monkee Micky Dolenz and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart under the group name "Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart" on Capitol Recordsmarker in 1975. The self-titled album was released as Capitol ST-11513. He has released a number of albums in cassette- and/or CD-only formats, including "Davy Jones Sings The Monkees and More," "It's Christmas Time Again," "JustMe," "JustMe 2" and the archival 4-album "Just For The Record" set.

Personal life

Jones is twice divorced with four daughters:
  • Talia Elizabeth (2 October 1968) and Sarah Lee (3 July 1971) with first wife Linda Haines, and
  • Jessica Lillian (4 September 1981) and Annabel Charlotte (26 June 1988) with second wife Anita Pollinger.


On 30 August 2009, he married Telemundo television presenter Jessica Pacheco.

Incomplete list of songs written or co-written by Davy Jones

  • "Dream World" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "If You Have the Time" (Davy Jones & Bill Chadwick)
  • "Party" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "Changes" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "Time And Time Again" (Davy Jones & Bill Chadwick)
  • "War Games" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "Smile" (Davy Jones)
  • "Hard to Believe" (David Jones, Kim Capli, Eddie Brick, & Charlie Rockett)
  • "Oh, What a Night" (Davy Jones) (Note: Not to be confused with the Four Seasons song called December, 1963 )
  • "(I'll) Love Your Forever" (Davy Jones)
  • "You and I" (Davy Jones & Bill Chadwick)
  • "You and I" (Micky Dolenz & Davy Jones) (Note: Different words and music to song above)
  • "Zilch" (Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz & Michael Nesmith)
  • "It's Not Too Late" (Davy Jones)


References

  1. [1] Official Davy Jones Bio
  2. Welcome to the National HBPA
  3. MP3 of the song Personal Penguin
  4. Workman Publishing author site for Sandra Boynton
  5. 2009 Flower Power Concert Series
  6. Yahoo Music: The Top 25 Teen Idols Of All-Time
  7. Then & Now: 10 Best Teen Idols of All Time
  8. digitalspy.com


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