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Grateful Memories of The Monkees’ Davy Jones [VIDEO]

The Monkees; Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz in the Monkee Mobile (NBC Television/Getty)

Who was your favorite Monkee?

The Monkees were America’s television version of The Beatles in the mid sixties. The members of the group chosen from auditions were Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz.

Davy Jones died on the morning of February 29, 2012 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Florida, he was 66. He was the only Englishman in the American band.

My brother, Dave, and I would watch ‘The Monkees’ TV show on Saturday morning and pretend to be members of the band. I’d put on my stocking cap to be Michael Nesmith while my brother took on the Davy Jones’ role.

The opening song was my favorite part, singing along to “Hey Hey We’re The Monkees, people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singin’ to put anybody down.” Thanks to YouTube here’s the video for you to sing along with and enjoy some of the crazy antics from the TV program.

\’The Monkees\’ theme song (YouTube)

My sisters had the band’s debut album called ‘The Monkees’ and it got a lot of spins on the turntable. “I’m Gonna Buy Me a Dog” was always my favorite song with Micky and Davy getting silly. I’ll try to dig up a copy to play this weekend on ‘Your Sunday Brunch.’

You might also remember when Davy Jones appeared on ‘The Brady Bunch’ as himself, the object of Marsha’s affections. The Monkees end up playing at the Brady’s school dance.

The Monkeemobile also stands out in my memory, the modified red and white Pontiac GTO convertable with the blower sticking out of the hood.

Jones, Tork and Dolenz announced a 45th Anniversary Tour in February 2011 which lasted until August when it was cancelled due to ”internal group issues and conflicts.”

Watching The Monkees again transports me back to a much simpler, innocent time that feels really good.

Thanks Michael, Micky, Peter and Davy for the memories.

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