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Davy Jones in 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Allan)

Davy Jones, the British frontman of that proto-boy band The Monkees, has died today (February 29) of a heart attack at age 66, TMZ has reported. A manufactured musical group inspired by the worldwide success of The Beatles, the Monkees had a hit TV sitcom in the ’60s and six top 10 hits, include three No. 1s (“Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “Daydream Believer”).

The mop-topped Jones was the band’s McCartney, a British heartthrob supported by three Americans. While Mickey Dolenz provided lead vocals on many of the band’s biggest hits, Jones’s distinctively British nasal croon added a schoolboy sweetness and innocence on songs like “Daydream Believer” and “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.”

Some of Davy’s best vocals:

What’s your favorite Monkees song?

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Filed Under: Davy Jones, The Monkees
By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.