(NEW YORK) — At the height of his success, Davy Jones could set girls screaming, but the Monkees frontman was just as excited by his own fame, his friend and bandmate Micky Dolenz recalled.
“We shared a house together in the early days and we were driving up to and parking in front of our house and listening to the radio and it was Monkee Day and all of a sudden ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ came on,” Dolenz said, referring to the band’s debut single. “He said, ‘Whoa, that’s us.’”
Dolenz appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday to remember Jones, the lead singer of The Monkees who died Wednesday morning at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Florida.
“None at all,” Dolenz said when asked if he had any hints that Jones might be sick. “He’s a vegetarian. He was always outdoors with horses.”
“His mom, I remember, passed on when he was very young and then his father also passed on in the very early days of the Monkees and I believe it was a heart attack. So I believe maybe there was some genetic issue, but nothing we ever knew about,” he said.
Dolenz said he and Jones remained in close touch until the very end, most recently performing together in a reunion tour last year throughout the U.K. and the U.S.
Dolenz and Jones first met in the 1960s when they were cast alongside Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith in The Monkees, the band formed as part of a TV series about a rock band also called “The Monkees.”
The show was canceled in 1968, but it cemented the four men, particularly Jones, as teen idols and remained a cult classic well past its cancellation, fueled by reunion tours and memorabilia.
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