Sad news to read that Manchester born singer / actor Davy Jones died today of a heart attack aged 66. Forever remembered as being part of the US group the Monkees, who’s creation for tv in 1966 was set to rival The Beatles for a short period, with 9 top 40 in the UK as well as the US.
Davy started his acting career as Ena Sharples’s grandson in Granada tv soap Coronation Street and also appeared in BBC’s Z Cars, before deciding to leaving the acting to train as a jockey. Though he soon returned to stage acting in production of Oliver! in the West End before taking it to Broadway which in turn lead him to audition for The Monkees.
Last year he joined two of the band’s original members – Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork for a reunited tour playing a series of gigs.