Monkees lead singer Davy Jones has taken the last train to Clarksville, and for fans of the iconic 60s band, it’s become an un-Pleasant Valley Wednesday as news of the singer’s death at age 66 from a massive heart attack hit Facebook. The Monkees were formed in 1966 as for-television version of the Beatles. Though a created band, the group–which included Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork–fought for the right to control the music put out under their names.
Though the Monkees series only ran for two seasons on television, the band continued to record and perform through 1970–at one point the Jimi Hendrix Experience was the group’s opening act–and making the commercial flop/cult favorite movie HEAD with Jack Nicholson, and their songs left an indelible impression on young fans and generations to come, with MTV and Nickelodeon spawning an outbreak of Monkees fever. The group reunited and toured as recently as the summer of 2011.
No word yet if the Mormons plan to baptize Jones.
All the lovely people. Where do they all come from? So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don’t know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don’t exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity.
That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane.
David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us.
I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.