Davy Jones is our guest on Chit Chat Cafe Live http://www.artistfirst.com/chitchat.htm Grab your tambourine, and sing along with us on Chit Chat Cafe Live this Wednesday, April 6, 2011 9pmESt/6pmPST.
Still the sexy icon singing Day Dream Believer, Davy first charmed us along with millions, in the 1960s Emmy Award-winning television classic The Monkees. Davy is not only a serious actor, he is also a comedian, rock musician, musical composer, and artist. What we were surprised to learn is that he is also a horseman. Davy trains and rides his beloved racehorses to be winners. Davy won his first race In 1996, in England on his prized horse, Digpast. Davy shared with us, “I’ve always thought if all the show business success hadn’t happened, I’d have been a world champion jockey. It’s in my blood. I’ve always dreamed of going back to England — riding a few winners,” he says.
Davy Thomas Jones was born in Manchester, England, on December 30, 1945. He starred in Tom Sawyer at an early age, and began acting at age eleven as Ena Sharples’ grandson on the still-running ITV soap opera, Coronation Street. He played "Artful Dodger" in the West End production of Oliver! At age sixteen, Davy originated the Artful Dodger role on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award.
Thanks to this performance, Davy was offered a contract with Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems Television, and The Monkees were born! Davy says. “Then Micky, Peter, Mike, and I were put together in one scene and everyone said, ‘That’s it ... magic! We’ll use you four!’” Also a musical group, The Monkees’ album sales surpassed all records, and they continue to be best-sellers thirty years later.
Davy played Fagin in Oliver, along with starring in The Boyfriend, Harry Nilsson’s The Point, and appeared as Jesus in Godspell, which played in London’s West End.
We all remember Davy as the heartthrob, and Marcia Brady's dream prom date in 1971, in the The Brady Bunch episode, “Getting Davy Jones.” This episode is one of the most frequently aired reruns in television history. Davy reprised that role in the 1995 The Brady Bunch Movie.
Did you know Davy is also an author? He completed the second edition of his autobiography, Davy Jones: Daydream Believin’, which tells us about his life and career. Davy also writes poetry, and short stories, as well as exploring photography. How much fun would it be to attend a motivational seminars taught by Davy Jones! He appears throughout the country, giving speeches and talking about show business and his life!
If this isn't enough, Davy also completed the London Marathon in three hours, forty minutes. Davy shared, "He sees himself as both a Daydream Believer and a cowboy." He says, “A lot of people call me ‘Cowboy.’ But the first time I was on horseback, I had a lump in my throat the size of my fist, and my heart was almost bouncing me out of my saddle. However, as I grew used to it on that ride, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, it’s going to happen … I’m cantering!’ And I’ve been a cowboy ever since.”
Just after Davy appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964 (the same night The Beatles guest starred), Davy signed with Colpix Records/Columbia Pictures. His first solo album, "David Jones" was released in 1965, but didn't chart until 1967 when it placed No. 185 on the Billboard charts. Also in 1965, a single featuring "What Are We Going To Do?" charted at No. 93.
We are all still in love with the memory of Davy's English accent, long hair, boyish charm, sweet voice singing "Girl" as we swoon along with millions of other girls! After the success of The Monkees had faded away, Jones left the group in late-1970.
After The Monkees, Davy signed with Bell Records and released hissecond solo record, "Davy Jones." The 1971 single, "Rainy Jane" charted at No. 52. Davy also appeared on "Love American Style." Davy signed with MGM, and released a few singles and performed many solo concerts.
In 1975, Davy joined up with fellow Monkee, Micky Dolenz and Monkees songwriters, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, to form Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. When they separated, Davy went to England to star in Harry Nilsson's "The Point" with Micky Dolenz, as well as re-join the production cast of "Oliver!"
Davy acted in "Godspell" in the early 1980's. In 1986, The Monkees celebrated their 20th Anniversary with an album and tours that lasted until the end of 1989. During The Monkees reunion, David debuted a solo album,"Incredible." In the early-90s, he returned to the theatre to act in Oliver again, this time to play Fagin and star in "Grease." After many solo tours, Davy got together with Micky Dolenz in 1994 and 1995 to travel across the U.S. on their "Together Again" tour.
From 1996 through the end of 1997, Jones re-joined his band mates for The Monkees' 30th Anniversary Reunion. In 1996 when Davy won his first amateur horse race in Lingfield, England with his horse, Digpast. Unfortunately, Digpast died after injuries he sustained during a race in 2001. Throughout the late-90s, Davy made guest appearances on several popular TV shows, "The Single Guy," "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," and "Boy Meets World." Also, in the late-90s Davy released four volumes of his "Just For The Record" series that features his unreleased solo material. In 1998, Jones got together with Bobby Sherman and Peter Noone to travel the country on their successful "Teen Idols Tour." Davy has also written multiple autobiographies about his life such as They Made A Monkee Out Of Me, They Made A Monkee Out Of Me...Again, Mutant Monkees Meet the Masters of the Multi-Media Manipulation Machine!, and Daydream Believin', which also brought a number of book tours.
Now, in the 21st century, Davy has kept busy by releasing a new and long-awaited solo album called, "Just Me." Also, for the third time, he got together with The Monkees for tours and other projects during 2001 and 2002. Davy became a grandfather for the first time in July 2002. He released three new CDs in 2004.
He's on tour again, and may be coming to your town. Until then, join Davy live with us this Wednesday on Chit Chat Cafe Live as he chats with Nancy and Lisa! http://www.artistfirst.com/chitchat.htm