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Friday
Mar022012

Marcia Brady‚Äôs Maureen McCormick Remembers Davy Jones

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Brady Bunch actress Maureen McCormick has a personal connection to Davy Jones, the member of The Monkees who died Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 66.

He famously played himself in an episode of her sitcom, agreeing to a request by her character, Marcia Brady, to appear at her prom.

Speaking to TMZ.com, McCormick remembers Jones as a man who “spread love and goodness around the world. He filled our lives with happiness, music, and joy.”

She adds, “He will live on in our hearts forever. May he rest in peace.”

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Thursday
Mar012012

Micky Dolenz Remembers Davy Jones on 'Good Morning America'

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- At the height of his success, Davy Jones could set girls screaming, but the Monkees frontman was just as excited by his own fame, his friend and bandmate Micky Dolenz recalled.

“We shared a house together in the early days and we were driving up to and parking in front of our house and listening to the radio and it was Monkee Day and all of a sudden ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ came on,” Dolenz said, referring to the band’s debut single.  “He said, ‘Whoa, that’s us.’”

Dolenz appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday to remember Jones, the lead singer of The Monkees who died Wednesday morning at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Florida.

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“None at all,” Dolenz said when asked if he had any hints that Jones might be sick.  “He’s a vegetarian.  He was always outdoors with horses.”

“His mom, I remember, passed on when he was very young and then his father also passed on in the very early days of the Monkees and I believe it was a heart attack. So I believe maybe there was some genetic issue, but nothing we ever knew about,” he said.

Dolenz said he and Jones remained in close touch until the very end, most recently performing together in a reunion tour last year throughout the U.K. and the U.S.

Dolenz and Jones first met in the 1960s when they were cast alongside Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith in The Monkees, the band formed as part of a TV series about a rock band also called “The Monkees.”

The show was canceled in 1968, but it cemented the four men, particularly Jones, as teen idols and remained a cult classic well past its cancellation, fueled by reunion tours and memorabilia.

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Wednesday
Feb292012

Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dies

Ron Galella/WireImage(MARTIN COUNTY, Fla.) -- Davy Jones of The Monkees has died at the age of 66, ABC News Radio has confirmed. His rep tells ABC News that Jones passed away from a heart attack in Indian Town, Florida.

The Martin County, FL sheriff's department released a statement that declared that, according to a witness, Jones "began to complain of not feeling well and having trouble breathing" earlier in the day.   Paramedics transported Jones to Martin Health System hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  The statement goes on to say "there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death," and that the medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.

[ SLIDESHOW: DAVY JONES THROUGH THE YEARS ]

Born in Manchester, England, Jones began acting as a young boy, appearing on British TV and onstage in London's West End in the role of the Artful Dodger in Oliver!  After he appeared with the Oliver! cast on The Ed Sullivan Show, Jones was signed to a contract with Screen Gems.  When Screen Gems decided to produce a TV series about a rock and roll band, Jones got an immediate audition, and landed a part after meeting with producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider.

Known as the "Prefab Four," Jones and The Monkees -- Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz -- sold millions of albums thanks to the hit TV series, which ran through 1968.  Jones in particular became a teen idol.

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After The Monkees disbanded, Jones continued a solo career, but would reunite on and off with his former band mates for a variety of tours and appearances up to the present day.  He also continued his acting career, both onstage and on TV -- his appearance on The Brady Bunch was particularly memorable, and he also appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie. In addition to live TV work, Jones also lent his voice to animated series including SpongeBob Squarepants.

Jones, who had worked as a jockey in his youth, came full circle by owning and training race horses later in his career.  He also continued to record, with his most recent disc, Just Me, released in 2010.

Also, as any rock trivia buff knows, Jones' mid-sixties popularity with The Monkees is the reason why an up-and-coming singer-songwriter named David Jones changed his name to David Bowie.

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