Slash, Disturbed, Billy Corgan Pay Tribute to the Monkees’ Davy Jones

2012-03-01

Story by Anne Erickson

Rock musicians Tweet about Monkees singer Davy Jones’ passing

Davy Jones, the singer for the Monkees likely best known for his trippy vocals on “Daydream Believer,” passed away on Wednesday (Feb. 29) at his home in Indiantown, Fla. He was 66. The cause of death was a heart attack, reported the medical examiner’s officer and a spokeswoman for Jones.

Jones was an important player in the Monkees, a pop group created for television to benefit from the success and mania of the Beatles. With the Monkees, he made some great pop songs, thanks in no small part to the genius pop songwriting of musicians such as Neil Diamond and Tommy Boyce.

Jones influenced a slew of pop acts, as well as an unlikely string of heavy musician musicians. Disturbed frontman David Draiman Tweeted his condolences upon hearing the news Wednesday: “Was sad to hear of the passing of Davey Jones. Used to watch the Monkees show when I was a kid (re-runs of course, I’m not that old) RIP.” Smashing Pumpkins main man Billy Corgan Tweeted his feelings on the passing: “Sad to hear of the passing of Davy Jones! Met him just last year, was very kind to me. Monkees should have been in R ‘n R HOF years ago.” Hard rock guitar icon Slash echoed both Corgan and Draiman’s melancholy sentiments in a Tweet: “That’s sad news about Davey Jones, he will be missed.”

To this day, the Monkees’ theme song is etched into generations of music lovers’ brains: “Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees, and people say we monkey around. / But we’re too busy singing to put anybody down.” Were you ever a Monkees fans? Let us know in the comments section, below.

 




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