Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Davy Jones, R.I.P.

Saturday teatime television, 1967: it was The Monkees Show, followed by The Simon Dee Show in black and white of course, well shades of grey really on those old televisions - it all came back to me at the announcement of the death of Davy Jones [1945-2012], the British member of the group. Jones was a real show-biz kid, playing the Artful Dodger in OLIVER in London and New York, and also in British tv series CORONATION STREET, and he wanted to be a jockey ... instead he was part of the first put-together boy band, to cash in on the success of The Beatles' HARD DAYS NIGHT and HELP! They made 52 episodes in those busy years '67 and '68, and a movie HEAD - and then it was endless tours and revivals, as they learned to play their instruments playing those hits over and over - those catchy Monkees songs are now part of any 60s compilation. I alway liked Peter Tork, the nerdy goofy one ... David was actually on tv last weekend, being interviewed in a new programme I'M IN A BOYBAND! and he looked tanned and fit, at 66 - my age. RIP indeed.

First picture above: this was "the look" then, we all had our hair like that

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