Davy Jones, 1945-2012

See update, below.

Genuine sorrow over here: Davy Jones has died of a heart attack, aged 66.

I loved him once, as only a very little girl can, with a kind of ache that would sit on my little girl heart whenever I saw his beautiful face. His voice was lovely, and he and his Monkee friends are, I’m sure, a big part of why I have such a big place in my heart for absurdist humor. Because if you think The Monkees was just a little kids’ show? Look again. It was madness. Wonderful, inspiring madness.

But in the family and in the home in which I live as a 47 year old, Davy is best known for his collaboration with children’s author Sandra Boynton (also a purveyor of absurdist humor, if you think about it) on the song “Your Personal Penguin.” He sings the part of the penguin.

So in his memory, in real gratitude for his pop presence in my life, and with tears in my eyes, I offer you this: Davy Jones, singing “Your Personal Penguin.” May he rest in peace – may his memory be for a blessing.


Update: Sandra Boynton has responded to the sad news:

Davy Jones. Not possible. My first crush. I dreamed, along with everyone else, that he could be my Personal Penguin. Oh. A wonderful man.

So nice to hear that he was, in fact, “a wonderful man.”



  1. lysana

     /  February 29, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing that. My husband and I are fans of both Boynton and Davy Jones, and knowing they collaborated has brought a smile to my face on this day of sadness.

  2. Bookwoman

     /  February 29, 2012

    In Memoriam:

  3. I was born around the time the Monkees called it quits, but I was a big fan during the 80s revival. And I LOVE ‘Daydream Believer.’ There goes another big chunk of youth…



    • wearyvoter

       /  February 29, 2012

      That about sums it up. I was 8 years old when “The Monkees” premiered. I had a crush on MIckey Dolenz because we had frizzy, hard-to-control hair in common. But I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Davey Jones.

  5. ralphdibny

     /  February 29, 2012

    Crass commercialism at its worst; the triumph of commerce over art; the moment when rock n roll jumped the shark; the pre-fab four.

    The Monkees “should” stand for everything that is wrong with rock, with art, with capitalism. And yet, somehow, despite everything, this unholy alliance of studio executives and hired talent created some extraordinary art. The Monkees challenge all of my most dearly held ideologies of music snobbery, and I love them even more for it. RIP Davy.

    • One of the things that made them good was that they were all talented, and could actually play, unlike many of the other other “commercial bands.” In many ways, they also were the first “music video.”

    • They did eventually manage to break away and take control of their musical careers. It’s not for nothing that it later became fashionable in the hardcore scene to cover a Monkees song (typically “Stepping Stone”). And it’s not as though that was a group that was inclined to view commercialism positively.

      Definitely a major loss.

  6. Ash Can

     /  February 29, 2012

    I have a dear, longtime friend who felt the same way about him. I’ll be giving her a call or e-mail today. He brought a lot of joy to many people, and 66 is way too young. May he rest.

  7. Janet

     /  February 29, 2012

    I really loved the Monkees show and a lot of their songs. I’m off to see if I can find the show for viewing. R.I.P. Davy.

  8. watson42

     /  February 29, 2012

    I loved the Monkees when I was a kid. I STILL loved the Monkees after I learned they were a commercial fabrication (or started out that way). They were good, and they were fun and they made me smile.

    Sixty-six is way too young; may he rest in peace.

  9. Thank you for sharing I was not aware of his death.

  10. I had a baby when I was forty. When he was five or six, many moons ago, he loved to watch the Monkees on Nickelodeon. He thought I was the most wonderful mother in the world because I knew the words to all their songs. I didn’t have the heart to tell him WHY I knew all the words.

    He reminded me of that today when he heard about Davy Jones and said you know what? You’re STILL the most wonderful mom in the world.

    Mixed emotions. Thanks, Emily, this was perfect.

  11. “Don’t rest in peace, Davy Jones. Get up to Heaven and rock the joint.”

    Funny how often we are moved by the same things, Emily. I have written my own comments on Davy.


    Or maybe it isn’t.

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  12. Another bit of my childhood dies. The Monkees were fun; I watched the show with relish. Their music was sappy, syrupy fun. You could dance around the room to it and not have a care in the world. Davy Jones was of an era when we still had some innocence left in the world. He and his band-mates were antiseptic to The Beatles raw look at culture.

    This sucks. RIP, Davy.

  13. Was it just me or was every other episode of The Monkees about Davy getting kidnapped and forced to marry some cute girl?

    Well, except for that one episode where aliens with backward feet invaded…