Davy Jones, Television Actor & Singer, died at 66

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Dead, David Thomas “Davy” Jones on the 29th of February 2012 at the age of 66 from a heart attack, he 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.

Born at 20 Leamington Street, Openshaw, Manchester, Lancashire, England, on the 30th of December 1945, he is television acting debut was on the British television soap opera Coronation Street.

He portrayed Colin Lomax, Ena Sharples’ grandson, for one episode on 6 March 1961.

He also appeared in the BBC police series Z-Cars. After the death of his mother from emphysema when he was 14 years old, Jones rejected acting in favour of a career as a jockey, apprenticing with Newmarket trainer Basil Foster.

On 9 February 1964, he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show with Georgia Brown who was playing Nancy in the Broadway production of Oliver!.

This was the same episode of the show in which the Beatles made their first appearance. Jones said 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.”

Jones was married three times. In December 1968 he married Dixie Linda Haines, with whom he had been living.

Their relationship had been kept out of the public eye until after the birth of their first child in October 1968; when it was finally made public, it caused a considerable backlash for Jones from his fans.

Jones later stated, in Tiger Beat magazine, “I kept my marriage a secret because I believe stars should be allowed a private life.”

Jones and Haines had two daughters: Talia Elizabeth (born 2 October 1968) and Sarah Lee (born 3 July 1971). The marriage ended in 1975.

Returning to music, Jones teamed up with Dolenz and former Monkees songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart to work on a new project.

The group released one album together in 1976, which failed to make much of an impression on the music-buying public.

Jones married his second wife, Anita Pollinger, on 24 January 1981, and also had two daughters with her – Jessica Lillian (born 4 September 1981) and Annabel Charlotte (born 26 June 1988).

They divorced in 1996, during the Monkees’ 30th Anniversary reunion tour.

Jones married for a third time, on 30 August 2009, to Jessica Pacheco, 32 years his junior.

This was Pacheco’s third marriage as well. On 28 July 2011, Pacheco filed to divorce Jones in Miami-Dade County, Florida, but dropped the suit in October.

They were still married when he died in February 2012. Pacheco was omitted from Jones’ will, which he made before their marriage.

In his later years, Jones spent much of the year on tour with his band. He released a collection of his most requested songs, entitled Incredible Revisited, in 2008.

He also made numerous personal appearances to meet up with fans and participated in a number of sporting events for charity.

He was survived by his wife, Jessica; four daughters from previous relationships, Annabel, Talia, Jessica and Sarah; and several grandchildren.