Davy Jones of the Monkees
P. LOWE OF NORTON, MASS., ASKS, `WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...?'
Davy Jones has been Monkeeing around a lot lately. With fellow Monkees Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Mickey Dolenz, Jones headlines 10 to 12 gigs each month, performing a mix of old hits and material from a new album.
"Davy keeps busy by keeping his fans happy," says Jones's tour promoter, Marc Pontz. "He's touring the country now - with the Monkees and doing solo gigs. He's been doing a lot of benefit concerts, too."
Two years after the TV show "The Monkees" first aired in 1966, it was canned for poor ratings. The band stopped touring in 1969, but reunited 20 years later. They've been touring on and off ever since.
Jones also dabbles in acting. He played himself on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" in 1997, as well as in "The Brady Bunch Movie" in 1995.
The Monkees were the first of several rock groups manufactured by TV executives in the 1960s to try to capitalize on the Beatles' popularity. Critics did not take the Monkees seriously, but the group did post three No. 1 hits: "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," and "Daydream Believer."
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