David Thomas “Davy” Jones, (December 30, 1945 – February 29, 2012), pop star, singer, actor.

Davy Jones was one of the biggest teen idols of all-time, most famously as a member of the Monkees, a musical group put together in imitation of the Beatles for a television show in the 1960’s.

He was born in Manchester, England shortly after the end of World War II in December of 1945. Although he is best-known from his work with the Monkees, he actually began his career as an actor, starting at the age of 14. While still in his teens, he was cast as the Artful Dodger in the musical, “Oliver!”, where he appeared in both the London and Broadway productions, even being nominated for a Tony award. He also appeared in the role on an episode of the Ed Sullivan Show which also featured the Beatles. This led to an interest in a musical career.

He first signed as a solo artist and then was selected to be in the Monkees. Their popular TV show led to three Number One Billboard singles: “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer,” and Daydream Believer.” After five years together, the Monkees broke up. Jones continued to perform and appear in numerous television shows, most notably as himself in an episode of The Brady Bunch,” (an appearance that he reprised for the later “Brady Bunch Movie”). One of his early television specials helped showcase the Jackson 5 and Osmond Brothers.

In addition to his music and acting career, he had a deep love of horse racing and competed as a jockey, winning his first race in 1996. He continued to perform both as a soloist and in various reunion appearances by the Monkees. Davy Jones died from a heart attack at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife, 4 daughters, and 3 grandchildren.

Visit the Official Davy Jones website here.