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Tribute to Davy Jones

April 14, 2012

There was a stirring tribute to singer Davy Jones at B.B.Kings that truly moved the crowd to laughter, tears, and of course to their cell phones/cameras to perhaps save the moment. Jones is best known as a singer with “The Monkees,” and two “Monkees” performed near the end, first Peter Tork and then Micky Dolenz (no e in Davy or Micky but with Peter and Mike Nesmith, the latter who broke from the group, never to return, but had truly kind words about Davy).

Two of Davy’s four daughters, Annabel and Talia, were on stage at various moments and performed admirably. Each waited after the performance which ended around midnight and was over three hours in duration to sign and pose for pictures. Both Annabel and Talia  are adorable women, who spoke passionately about their father. They really went “overtime” to comfort fans and told them how much that affection for their father was appreciated.

Davy Jones was in Oliver on Broadway, playing “The Artful Dodger” and coincidentally appeared with members of the cast on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 when the country stopped and watched The Beatles for the first time. Two years later, The Monkees burst on the scene, a fictional band, a garage band if you will, composed of four guys who wanted to be The Beatles. While no one has matched The Beatles, The Monkees had extraordinary success and the night was a fitting tribute to a great talent and person in Davy Jones.

The crowd which was treated to a rendition of “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Deana Martin and tributes to Davy from Tommy James and Gene Cornish really had a great time. Deana, one of Dean Martin’s seven children talked of how she was Dean’s daughter but also Davy Jones’ girlfriend. Both Dean and Davy liked horses and really got along well. Deana joined Annabel, Talia, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and the wonderful band that played with Davy for so long on stage for the big finale. The song was “Daydream Believer” and the song provided a rousing end to a great evening.

 

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