Death Summary: According to Jones' publicist, he passed away from a massive heart attack which he suffered in his sleep on the morning of February 29, 2012.
Who was Davy Jones : Jones was a rock singer-songwriter, and is probably best known as a member of The Monkees.
The Monkees was a pop-rock group formed exclusively for a television show of the same name. With the group Jones was the lead singer, and did the vocals for "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer". Jones was a rock singer-songwriter, and is probably best known as a member of The Monkees.
The Monkees was a pop-rock group formed exclusively for a television show of the same name. With the group Jones was the lead singer, and did the vocals for “I Wanna Be Free” and “Daydream Believer”.
The World Mourns Davy Jones
By Mike Tuttle
Article Date: 2012-02-29
And then there were three.
Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz - The Monkees were a made-for-television pop band that held a great fan base long after their TV show ended. Today, those fans received the sad news that Davy Jones had died in his home of a massive heart attack in his sleep. He was 66.
Jones, born in Manchester, England, was the lead singer of of the group. He said he got his start in music after he appeared on an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show with a theater troupe he was in. That same episode was the night of the Beatles first appearance. Jones said 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!'"
Jones was a member of The Monkees from 1965-1971. In 2011, they did a 45th Anniversary Tour. The Monkees were known for such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville", "Daydream Believer", "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "I'm a Believer", and of course "The Theme From the Monkees".
People used to scoff at the idea of a band put together by television producers having hit songs. Now it's commonplace for acts to be put together based on demographics and marketing studies.
Trivia: Singer David Bowie was born David Jones, and was billed as Davy Jones in the early days of his career. He changed his name to avoid confusion with the massively popular Monkee.
"Last Train to Clarksville" was a hit for The Monkees in 1966.
You can sign Davy Jones memorial guestbook here: http://www.famousdead.com/davy-jones/
Upon news of the passing of Jones, people took to Twitter to express their dismay and sadness.
justin /army navyThe Monkees at the Puyallup Fair was my first concert ever. So great! I wore my Levi's jacket with The Monkees logo on the back #davyjones 6 minutes ago via web · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto
CuntyVonCrink©My missus said #davyjones was dead. I thought she was jokin. But then I saw her face. 16 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto
The Pumpkin GeekSad to hear the passing of #DavyJones - GREAT memories growing up watching The Monkees. #DaydreamBelieverSorelyMissed 57 minutes ago via web · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto
Charlsey #DavyJones passed? *cries* There goes my pre-adolecense. Guess hr took "The Last Train to Clarksville". 13 minutes ago via Echofon · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto
Elena LockettJust found out that #davyjones from the monkees was related to my dad! #shocker #claimtofame 7 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto
Celeste ThomasonDavy Jones dead at 66. Very sad. Remember watching the Monkees when I was a tween. #davyjones 7 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto
Laurie BloomSo sad to hear of the passing of #DavyJones #Monkees. Saw him a few months back - he was terrific! RIP Davy! 7 minutes ago via web · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto
A touching letter of support from the workers at the Wal-Mart distribution center we'll be shutting down tomorrow (6am on the corner of Riverside Dr and Hamner Ave in Mira Loma) -
An Open Letter To the Occupy Movement
From Schneider Logistics Workers:
Mira Loma, CA
February 24, 2012
We, workers at Schneider Logistics in Mira Loma, CA and our colleagues are grateful for the solidarity with our struggle that the Shut Down the Corporations movement is planning on February 29. We have worked moving goods for Walmart in the Inland Empire for years, under difficult conditions, and at a serious cost to our health and the welfare of our families. We are fighting to change these conditions for the better through organizing for justice and asking that Walmart take responsibility for us. By adopting a Responsible Contractor Policy, Walmart can put an end to the abuses we suffer and afford us the dignity we deserve. In November, the company threatened to dismiss workers because we spoke up: about having wages stolen from us, about working up to 72 hours straight, about not receiving even minimum wage after working 16 hour days consistently for years.
We share many of the objectives of the Occupy movement, first and foremost the need for more justice and equality in our economic system, and the need for big corporations like Walmart to stop abusing workers, to
contribute to a fairer distribution of wealth, and to put an end to the lawbreaking and worker abuse that permeates the supply chain. But the action on February 29 is not our action – we are glad it is happening, but we had no role in its planning. To be clear, the organization Warehouse Workers United is not coordinating with any organization or group that takes action on February 29 at the Schneider warehouse. We intend to go to work that day, because many of us live under such economic pressure due to our low pay that we cannot afford to miss even a day of work. We are encouraged by your actions, and hope that your efforts draw attention to the profound injustice we have been fighting against in Walmart’s warehouses.
We have heard statements that participants and observers at the planned peaceful protest on February 29 risk arrest. Our response: the real law-breaking is going on inside that facility every day. This is where law enforcement agencies like the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement have already found major violations and continue to investigate. As far as what demonstrators may do or not do on February 29, WE DID NOT PLAN THIS ACTION AND we have no control over DEMONSTRATORS. But in this country, the right to freedom of assembly applies to all of us– and we hope that the assembly on February 29 will be civil.
For the record, our organization Warehouse Workers United has a long track record of demonstrating in the Inland Empire, and we have shown time and time again that we are strongly committed to non-violence, in the tradition of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Cesar Chavez. In this spirit, we hope that any action that intends to be supportive of our cause be strictly non-violent. We call on demonstrators to hold each other accountable for their actions. We also call on the Riverside County Sheriff to
minimize the chances of police over-reaction and to ensure that police response is appropriate and respectful of the rights of protesters.
We thank the Occupy Movement for joining with the many groups calling for Walmart to change its ways, and hope the action you have planned on February 29 is a successful one.
David Acosta Eric Flores Giovanni Lopez Francisco H. Garcia
Daniel M. Lopez Marcos Lopez Jose Brias Ramon Servantez
Jose Martinez Armando Perrusquia Manuel Gonzalez Luis Lopez
Enrico Enciso Angel Luis Santos Emis E. Diaz