Davy Jones (actor)
Davy Jones

Davy Jones (performing in 2006)
Born David Thomas Jones
30 December 1945 (1945-12-30) (age 65)
Manchester, England
Occupation singer, actor, musician
Known for member of The Monkees
Children

Talia Elizabeth (2 October 1968), Sarah Lee (3 July 1971), Jessica Lillian (4 September 1981) and

Annabel Charlotte (26 June 1988)
Website
davyjones.net

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

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Early life

Jones was born in Manchester, England on 30 December 1945. At the age of 11, he started his acting career and appeared on the British television soap opera Coronation Street as Ena Sharples's grandson, Colin Lomax.[1] He also appeared in the BBC police series Z-Cars. However, after the death of his mother from emphysema when he was 14 years old, he left acting and trained as a jockey with Basil Foster.[2]

Acting career

However, events developed to bring Jones back to the stage when Foster was approached by a friend who worked in a theatre in the West End of London during casting for Oliver!. Foster said, "I've got the kid." Jones then became more interested in being in show business and appeared to great acclaim in the musical Oliver! as the Artful Dodger. After playing the role in London, he accompanied the show on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award.[3] On 9 February 1964, he appeared with the Broadway 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."[citation needed]

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

The Monkees

From 1965 to 1971, Jones was a member of The Monkees, a pop-rock group formed expressly for a television 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's and Bert Schneider's standards. As a Monkee, Jones sang lead vocals on many of the group's songs, including "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer". Davy met Laramy Smith in 1967, introduced by Eirik Wangberg (then a producer and co-owner of Sound Records). Laramy and Davy co-produced The Children, an Austin Texas group Davy discovered while on tour with the Monkees. A single was released on Laramie Records entitled "Picture Me", which reached Billboard at number 2 with a bullet.

After the Monkees went off the air, the group disbanded. However, Jones continued to perform solo, while 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 has also toured throughout the years with other members as various incarnations of the Monkees.

In February 2011, Jones mentioned rumours of another Monkees reunion, stating "There's even talk of putting The Monkees back together again in the next year or so for a U.S. and UK tour," he told Disney's Backstage Pass newsletter. "You're always hearing all those great songs on the radio, in commercials, movies, almost everywhere."[4] The tour came to fruition entitled, "An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour."[5]

Later career

In 1978, he appeared with Micky Dolenz in Harry Nilsson's play The Point at the Mermaid Theatre in London. Jones continued acting as he appeared in one episode of The Brady Bunch, two episodes of My Two Dads, an episode of Here Come the Brides, and two episodes of Love, American Style. He also appeared and sang, in animated form, on an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies and in an episode of Hey Arnold. Also, Jones made 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), a third-season episode of the sitcom Boy Meets World and the Brady Bunch spoof movie of The Brady Bunch Movie. In 1997 he guest-starred as himself on the television show Sabrina The Teenage Witch and sang "Daydream Believer" to Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart).

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 England, while residing in Beavertown, PA. He owns and races horses in the United States and served as a commercial spokesman for Colonial Downs racetrack in Virginia.[6] He has a residence in Stuart, Florida as well.

In April 2006, Jones recorded the single "Your Personal Penguin",[7] written by children's author Sandra Boynton, as a companion piece to her new board book of the same title.[8] On November 1, 2007, the Boynton book and CD titled "Blue Moo" was released and Jones is featured in both the book and CD, singing "Your Personal Penguin". As a result of the collaboration, Jones has become a close friend of Boynton. Also in 2007, Jones also recorded the theme for a campy movie comedy called Sexina: Popstar PI.[9]

In December 2008, Yahoo Music named Jones No.1 teen idol of all time.[10] In 2009 Jones was rated second in a list of 10 best teen idols compiled by Fox News.[11]

In 2009, Jones released an album entitled "She" which is a collection of handpicked classics and standards from the 1940s through the 1970s. Also in 2009, Jones performed in the Flower Power Concert Series during Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival.[12] and is scheduled to appear in the 2011 series.

Singles

Date Label/Catalog # Titles (A-side / B-side) Billboard Top Singles Cashbox Notes
 ??/1965 Colpix CP-764 Dream Girl / Take Me To Paradise
-
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
-
Credited as "David Jones."
04/1971 Bell 986 Do It In The Name Of Love / Lady Jane
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
98
11/1971 Bell 45–159 Girl / Take My Love
01/1972 Bell 45–178 I'll Believe In You / Road To Love
 ??/1972 MGM K14458 You're A Lady / Who Was It
 ??/1973 MGM K14524 Rubberene / Rubberene
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
Issued in England only to commemorate Mickey Mouse's 50th Birthday
05/1981 Japan JAS-2007 It's Now / How Do You Know
Released in Japan only.
06/1981 Japan JAS-2010 Dance Gypsy / Can She Do It (Like She Dances)
Released in Japan only (on 25 June 1981). "Dance Gypsy" (a.k.a. "Dance Gypsy Dance") written by Ms. Reiko Yukawa.
03/1982 Pioneer K-1517 Sixteen (Baby, You'll Soon Be Sixteen) / Baby, Hold Out
Released in Japan only.
12/1984 No Label JJ2001 I'll Love You Forever / When I Look Back On Christmas
Released in England only.
 ??/1987 Powderworks 374 After Your Heart / Hippy Hippy Shake
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 Records 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.

Albums

Date Label/Catalog # Titles Billboard Top Albums Cashbox Notes
03/1967 Colpix CP-493 (mono) / Colpix SCP-493 (stereo) David Jones
185
-
Credited as "David Jones."
06/1971 Bell 6067 Davy Jones
205
01/1978 MCA MCF2826 The Point
-
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
-
Released in Japan only.
03/1982 Pioneer K-10025 Hello Davy (Davy Jones Live)
-
Released in Japan only. According to some sources, this is an unauthorised 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 Records 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 has been married three times, to:

  • Linda Haines;
  • Anita Pollinger; and
  • Jessica Pacheco, a Telemundo television presenter (August 30, 2009).[13]

He has four daughters from his first two marriages:

  • Talia Elizabeth (October 2, 1968) and Sarah Lee (July 3, 1971) with Haines; and
  • Jessica Lillian (September 4, 1981) and Annabel Charlotte (June 26, 1988) with Pollinger.

Songs written or co-written by Davy Jones

  • "Band 6" (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith & Peter Tork)
  • "Zilch" (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith & Peter Tork)
  • "Goin' Down" (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Diane Hilderbrand & Michael Nesmith)
  • "Hard to Believe" (David Jones, Kim Capli, Eddie Brick, & Charlie Rockett)
  • "The Ceiling In My Room" (Davy Jones, Dom DeMieri & Bobby Dick)
  • "War Games" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "Dream World" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "Changes" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "The Poster" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "The Party" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "I'm Gonna Try" (Davy Jones & Steve Pitts)
  • "You and I" (Davy Jones & Bill Chadwick)
  • "Smile" (Davy Jones)
  • "How Can I Tell You?" (Davy Jones & Bill Chadwick)
  • "If I Knew" (Davy Jones & Bill Chadwick)
  • "If You Have The Time" (Davy Jones & Bill Chadwick)
  • "Time And Time Again" (Davy Jones & Bill Chadwick)
  • "Girl Named Love" (Davy Jones & Charlie Smalls)
  • "You and I" (Micky Dolenz & Davy Jones) (Note: Different words and music to song above)
  • "Savin' My Love for You" (Micky Dolenz & Davy Jones)
  • "It's Not Too Late" (Davy Jones)
  • "(I'll) Love You Forever" (Davy Jones)
  • "Oh, What a Night" (Davy Jones) (Note: Not to be confused with the Four Seasons song called December 1963 (Oh, What a Night))
  • "Mister Bob" (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork & Eric Van Den Brink)[14]

In addition, Jones released an album in 2001 called Just Me, comprising songs written by him, some written for the album and others originally on Monkees releases.[15]

References

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