Davy Jones, singer, actor (Monkees)
Singer ~ Actor
birth name: David Thomas Jones

Davy Jones

December 30, 1945, Manchester, England ~ February 29, 2012, Indiantown, FL

It was not until after his mother's death from emphysema in 1960 that Jones lost his interest in school and left home to become a horse-racing jockey. Basil Foster, the jockey Jones apprenticed with, recognized Jones' acting and singing ability, and encouraged him to pursue his acting career. His persistence paid off, and Jones had television parts in Coronation Street and June Evening, and a part in the BBC radio play There Is A Happy Land. It was these appearances, a part in the London and American musical Oliver!, and an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that led Colpix Records/Columbia Pictures to sign a contract with Jones. ~ Allmusic: Davy Jones ~ retrieved February 23, 2014 © Allmusic

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Bell Records, then having a string of hits with The Partridge Family, signed Jones to a somewhat inflexible solo record contract in 1971. Jones was not allowed to choose his songs or producer, resulting in several lackluster and aimless records. ~ Wikipedia: Davy Jones ~ retrieved January 21, 2016 © Wikipedia

Though Jones always was a believer in following his daydreams, he still has regrets. He admitted: “I made one huge mistake. When The Monkees finished in 1969/70, I should have got away from Hollywood and got back into the racing game. Instead I waited another 10 years. Everyone makes mistakes in life and for me that was the biggest.” ~ Daily Mail: How A Racing-Mad Monkee Is Repaying A Debt Of Gratitude To Newmarket Trainer ~ February 17, 2012 © The Daily Mail

The Monkees

The success of the Beatles inspired a group of television executives to take a chance on a script about a struggling group of musicians that had been kicking around Hollywood for years. They cast two young actors and two musicians and created the Monkees. […] In 1967 the Monkees sold more records than the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined, but they never shook the impression that they were a fake band and by 1968 the whole thing started to crumble very quickly. ~ Rolling Stone Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments: 1967/the Monkees ~ retrieved February 23, 2014 © Rolling Stone

The Monkees ~ Inducted in the 2007 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

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