Davy Jones, lead singer of ’60s pop sensations and television band The Monkees has died at the age of 66 in his home state of Florida, according to the Martin County medical examiner’s office. He suffered a heart attack.
The Monkees were created initially to be a sort of “safe” Beatles by record and TV producers in 1965, but ended up making hit singles, a cult TV series, and a film, 1968′s Head, which would prove to be one of the first salvos of the psychedelic era.
The group broke up in 1970, and reunited in the mid-’80s around the time Nickelodeon began re-airing their series. They went on a few tours, sans Michael Nesmith who never warmed up to reunion plans.
The list of the Monkees hits, staples of oldies radio, is immense. “I’m A Believer”, written by Neil Diamond, was one of their most enduring, along with their stomping debut “Last Train to Clarksville”. They also could make the girls swoon with cuts like “Daydream Believer”. Just ask Marcia Brady…
Nina Sky is trading places in the video for “Day Dreaming,” the first single from their sophomore album Nicole & Natalie, due in July. In the Adam Sauermilch-directed clip, the twins date the same guy, share the same bed, watch the same movie, and hold the same hands. But despite their biological bond, their relationship is night and day. An unhappy Nicole argues with her man, while Natalie is head over heels in love. What you see is not always what you get.
Tragic news: It turns out Jay-Z wasn’t possessed by muses and inspired to write celebratory baby-daddy tune “Glory” the second his daughter Blue Ivy Carter entered the world. The song’s producer (and Oscar balcony drummer) Pharrell Williams shattered our fantasies yesterday of an overjoyed Hova bursting into spontaneous song like a Glee character upon the arrival of his daughter. Apparently, he and Jay had been working on the song before her birth. (If a newborn were ever to inspire instant songcraft, however, that emo-haired child would be the one.)