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Most Monkees fans know that The Beatles were responsible for changing the direction of Jones' career early in his life. His background was in acting, having starred in a British soap called Coronation Street starting at the age of 14. On February 9, 1964 he made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show as The Artful Dodger in the Broadway stage production of Oliver!. It was the same evening that also featured The Beatles' first Sullivan appearance. Jones watched them from backstage and said later of the experience, "I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that." He also trained to be a jockey while in his teens, and loved horses and horse racing.
For people of my generation, The Monkees enjoyed a surge in popularity years after they had disbanded and their show was canceled, when MTV ran a Monkees TV show marathon during the 80s. I can remember female classmates of mine in the 7th grade who were fans of the show, proving that good music and innocence carries from decade to decade.
Shortly after his death, the other members of the Monkees publicly expressed their sentiments. Guitarist Michael Nesmith stated that Jones's "spirit and soul live well in my heart among all the lovely people", bassist Peter Tork said, "Adios to the Manchester Cowboy", and drummer/singer Micky Dolenz said, "He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart".
I think that pretty much sums up the way all Davy Jones fans feel about the man--rest in peace.
My favorite Monkees song is A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You which was the second song Neil Diamond wrote that was recorded by the band (the first one being, of course, I'm A Believer.)