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Openshaw, Manchester, Lanschire England, UK
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Davy Jones (born David Thomas Jones 30 December 1945) is a Grammy winning, English pop singer-songwriter and Tony-nominated Emmy-nominated actor best known as a member of The Monkees. Jones was born in Manchester, England on 30 December 1945, but is in the process of becoming a United States citizen. He lost his mother to emphysema when he was 14 years old. His father had hopes for him as a jockey, and just after his mother died, his father sent him to live with Basil Foster to train. Basil was approached by a friend who worked in the theatre on the West End of London during casting. Basil said, "I`ve got the kid." Jones then became more interested in being in show business. As a teenager he appeared on British TV soap operas, including Coronation Street. He appeared to great acclaim in the musical Oliver! as the Artful Dodger, playing the role both in London and on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award. On 9 February 1964, he appeared with the Broadway cast of Oliver on the Ed Sullivan show, the same episode on which The Beatles made their first appearance. Jones says of that night, "I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that." Ward Sylvester of Screen Gems (then the television division of Columbia Pictures) signed Jones to a contract, following his Ed Sullivan appearance. A pair of American television appearances followed, in episodes of Ben Casey and The Farmer`s Daughter. He also recorded a single and album for Colpix Records, which charted but weren`t huge hits. From 1965 to 1970, Jones was a member of The Monkees, a pop-rock group formed expressly for a TV show of the same name. With Screen Gems producing the series, Jones was shortlisted for auditions, as he was the only Monkee who was signed to a deal with the studio, but still had to meet producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider`s standards. He appeared in one episode of The Brady Bunch and in two episodes of Love, American Style. He also appeared, in animated form, on an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
As a Monkee, Jones sang lead vocals on many of the group`s songs, including "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer." After the show went off the air and the group disbanded, he continued to perform solo, later joining with fellow-Monkee Micky Dolenz and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart as a short-lived group called Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. In 1978 he appeared with Micky Dolenz in Harry Nilsson`s play The Point at the Mermaid Theatre in London. Jones as Oblio and Dolenz as The Count. In recent years, Jones performed with his former bandmates in reunion tours and appeared in several productions of Oliver! as Fagin. He continued to race horses with some success in his native England, while residing in Beavertown, Pennsylvania, United States. He owns and races horses in the United States and served as a commercial spokesman for Colonial Downs racetrack in Virginia.
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David Thomas Jones
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Indiantown, Florida, USA
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David Thomas "Davy" Jones (30 December 1945 – 29 February 2012) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, actor and businessman best known as one of the Monkees four man pop rock group and co-star of the TV series of the same name. His acting credits include a Tony-nominated role as the Artful Dodger in the original London and Broadway productions of Oliver! as well as a starring cameo role in a hallmark episode of The Brady Bunch television show and later reprised parody film; Love, American Style; and My Two Dads. Three years before his death, Jones briefly appeared in an episode of the children's program SpongeBob SquarePants as himself, it was titled SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One. Jones is considered one of the great teen idols.
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Pop rock, Pop, Rock, Sunshine Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Music Hall
Vocals, Tambourine, Maracas, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Organ
Colpix Records, Bell Records
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