Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Poster Boy

I was driving in my car today when the announcer came on the radio and said that Davy Jones, former member of American pop group The Monkees, had died. Sadly at 66 years young Davy succumbed to a sudden and unexpected heart attack.

Davy Jones Brit-Pop lead singer of The Monkees

Whenever I hear songs from The Monkees or even one of the band members names, I can't help but think about the posters of the lads adorning the walls of my bedroom when I as a young girl. My Sister and I loved The Monkees....... ok, we obsessed about The Monkees. It was probably one of our earliest group crushes. We shared a bedroom until we hit our teens and albeit that there were many things we didn't agree on in the shared space, posters of the Brit-pop singer emblazoned both 'sides' of the room.

Davy Jones rehearsing with song writer Chip Douglas     via

'Hey, hey we're The Monkees, 
and people say we monkey around, 
but we're too busy singing,
 to put anybody down'

 ........ what wasn't to love.

Davy Jones looking groovy in his ruffled shirt.

The cover of Tiger Beat magazine {of which my Sister and I coveted} featured images of the psychedelic bubblegum group - Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones. The albums and singles sold over 65 million copies worldwide with the most memorable tunes including 'The Last Train to Clarkesville', 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone', 'Daydream Believer', and of course the group them song 'The Monkees'.    
It all brings back a flood of great memories, some of which may not have been so wonderful for our parents as we sang along with the 45's spinning on our record player. 

My Sister Donna and I may be in our early fifties now, but back in the 60's we were the typical young girls squealing 'I love you Davy'. Just the mention of The Monkees and Davy Jones makes us both react with giddiness and reminisce about our first poster boy. {I see at bit of Justin Bieber in the early images of Davy.}

The Monkees : Mike Nesmeth, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz 

"We love you Davy!"


  1. Oh that is so sad! I missed that news, so I'm glad you posted this. I too, adored the Monkees as a child - how could we not, with their catchy tunes and boyish good looks? Something to look forward to after school in the days of simple black and white television. How the world has changed! But their music still resonates - I'm bopping along in my imagination as I type.

  2. Oh dearest lil'sis I too had the same memories come flooding back when I learned of Davy's passing. CBC Radio 1 played some of The Monkees' songs last night. I sang at the top of my lungs surprised at how easily the words came back to me, and with them the memories of you & I as little girls....I cherish these.
    much love, big sis xo