Thursday, March 1, 2012


Marion Pellicano Ambrose
It was 1966 and just about every American teenage girl was glued to the TV to watch The Monkees , or more specifically, to watch Davy Jones. Davy was everyone’s first crush, including Eva Longoria, Melissa Gilbert, and don’t forget Marsha Brady!

Davy Jones passed away on February 29th after suffering a heart attack. The actor/singer was only 66 years old. Jones is survived by his 4 daughters Jessica, Annabel, Talia and Sarah. Condolences have been flooding Facebook, Twitter and all social networks for a man who represented the youth and zaniness of a whole generation. Here are some of the comments:

Bandmate and costar Micky Dolenz posted the following on his Facebook page, "Can't believe it...Still in shock...had bad dreams all night long. My love and prayers go out to Davy's girls and family right now..."

Also among the first to express their sadness was Boyce and Hart, the songwriting duo who worked extensively with the Monkees, most notably penning "Last Train to Clarksville' and the Monkees theme.

"This is the saddest news ever," they wrote on their Facebook page. "We have no words to express how we are feeling…condolences and loving prayers for his family, friends and his fans; the world has lost a dear man, loving husband and father; a great talent.

"Thank you for your loving comments; we are saddened beyond words; loving prayers and sympathy for his family, friends and fans…a great talent and good friend lost today."

Fellow stars were quick to follow suit, tweeting out their condolences:

Will Smith: "R.I.P. Davy Jones. Retweet for respect."

Al Roker: "Davy Jones of the Monkees is dead. He was 66 years old. A little bit of my youth just died."

Kevin Smith: "A Daydream ends: DAVY JONES DIES...His life was a big barrel of win (&Monkees). Marcia Brady will be inconsolable…"

William Shatner: "My condolences go out to the family of Davy Jones. MBB."

Eva Longoria: "My heart is sad that my favorite Monkee Davey Jones has passed away! #I'mABeliever."

Lisa Rinna: "Ditto! He was my 1st crush! RT Eva Longoria"

Questlove: "Damn. Davy Jones is gone. I loved the Monkees."

Holly Robinson Peete: "Sorry to hear this. I will never forget that great Brady Bunch ep with him."

Seth Green: "He was the original celebrity high school prom-crasher. Love you Davy."

Ralph Macchio: "Sad news—RIP Davy Jones. My wife's childhood crush…"

Melissa Gilbert: "Davy Jones and The Monkees were such an important part of my childhood…I'm speechless…"

Erin Andrews: "So sad."

Gilbert Gottfried: "True…David Bowie's real name is David Jones. That's why he had to change it to Bowie. R.I.P. Davy Jones."

Chuck Wicks: "Sat next to Davy Jones at an award show couple years back. Such a great guy.. RIP Davy Jones."

Shannon Elizabeth: "So sad-I was just at an event w/him #rip #davyjones #monkees"

Christopher Gorham: ":( RIP."

Kevin Pollack: "Today officially sucks now. RT Monkees singer Davy Jones dead at the age of 66."

Eric Appel: "RIP Davy Jones. The Monkees were my first favorite band, my first favorite TV show, and the first live concert I ever saw."

Wil Wheaton: "Oh my god Davy Jones died at 66. That's way too young."

Jill Zarin: "OMG! R.I.P. Davy Jones! To young! Such a wonderful voice! Loved the Monkees Daydream Believer!"

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