Friday, March 2, 2012

RIP Davy Jones

Most of you know I'm a huge Beatles fan (yeah, 700 Beatles tracks on my iTunes.  No joke.).  But my first touch with celebrities was actually with the Monkees.  (Oh, I have 78 Monkees tracks on my iTunes.) Sure, the earliest recording of my voice was on our brand-new cassette recorder when I was three -- and I was singing "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone."  But even earlier than that, the Monkees came to Salt Lake City, stopping at KCPX TV for an interview.  Well, it just so happened that my aunt had a high-ranking position at the station at the time.  She called my mom, who scooped up me, my older brother (who was a devout Monkees fan in his grade school years), and a couple of assorted cousins, and we all went down to the station.  My brother had the presence of mind to bring along with him his copy of The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees.
Yup, the above photo is of the album -- autographed by all four of the Monkees in pink felt-tip marker.  Davy even signed his name with a flower for the dot on the "i."  Aw.  Cute.
So, once upon a time, Davy Jones smiled at me when I was only old enough to blow spit bubbles back at him.  And thus I feel rather sad to hear of his passing at only 66.  Part of my childhood got pinched away this week, and I find myself humming "Shades of Gray" at odd times.
Goodbye, Davy.  Thanks for all the smiles.


  1. I was a huge fan of the Monkees as a child, and Davy was my first crush. It seems weird that he's now dead. I didn't realize he was that much older than me. Wow, he must have been 30 during my crushing phrase. Wow, my first crush was on an old man. lol

    1. Robin from the Batman and Robin TV show was my first crush. I think I was about 3. Davy on the Monkees TV show was probably number 2, although I always liked Peter Tork as well. :)

  2. A very underrated band. He'll be missed.