On February 29, 2012, another star was silenced forever. Davy Jones, British singer from the wildly popular ’60s band, the Monkees, suffered a fatal heart attack. Although I was born well after his heyday, I was a huge fan, and his presence will most certainly be missed. In memory of the delightful singer, let’s take a look at five of the band’s best songs ever.
One of my favorite songs by the Monkees is “Daydream Believer.” You simply can’t remain in a bad mood when listening to this song. The upbeat tempo and the catchy lyrics make this song an instant classic. Now, generations after its release, music lovers still sing along word for word. When I remember Davy Jones, this is how I will remember him.
“I’m a Believer”
Another song that is easily recognized by Monkees fans is “I’m a Believer.” Even though Davy Jones has a back-up role to Micky Dolenz in this song, it is still among one of their best songs and deserves to be mentioned. Besides, who can resist Jones when he is grooving to beat of his tambourine?
“Pleasant Valley Sunday”
“Pleasant Valley Sunday” is among the best songs ever recorded by the Monkees. From the energetic beat and harmonizing voices to the deliciously retro stage clothes and set, “Pleasant Valley Sunday” is one Monkees song that never gets old.
“Last Train to Clarksville”
Another favorite by the Monkees is “Last Train to Clarksville.” Although Dolenz’ voice is the most prominent on the track, Jones provided back-up vocals. “Last Train to Clarksville” is among the very best songs ever recorded by the Monkees.
“Hey Hey, We’re The Monkees”
By far, one of the Monkees most recognizable a song that they ever recorded is “Hey Hey, We’re the Monkees.” Often whenever a television show would talk about the Monkees, they’d queue a video of the band sing this song.
The passing of Davy Jones is sad, and will leave an indelible mark on the music industry. As a fan, I will always remember Jones as he was in his heyday. I cannot imagine where music would be today without the influence of Jones and his fellow Monkees.
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