R.I.P. Davy Jones: His Greatest Monkees Vocals

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:

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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