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Davy Jones, Monkees singer, dead at 66

2011 Summer TCA Tour - Day 4

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Davy Jones speaks during the '60's Pop Rock: My Music' panel during the PBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2011.

Davy Jones of The Monkees has died from an apparent heart attack. He was 66 years old.

Forty-six years ago, The Monkees' bass and keyboard player Peter Tork met Jones (vocals and tambourine) in Los Angeles. They and about 400 other guys had responded to a casting call for a TV comedy about a band modeled on the most successful band of the British Invasion, The Beatles. 

The band, assembled by two sitcom producers, got acquainted on the job. Tork recalls that the newly-formed crew all stopped at a diner and ordered their food at the same time. He and drummer Mickey Dolenz got their salads first.

"When my salad came I just stuck my fork in the bowl and put it in my mouth and Jonesy, he said, 'You pigs! Anybody would think youse guys were raised in a barn, the way youse was eatin’.'"

When Davy Jones’ salad came, Tork remembers that he cut the lettuce into one-inch strips and then cut those strips neatly into one inch squares. He slowly poured blue cheese dressing on it "mixed it carefully ‘til every one inch square was covered in it, and then reached into the bowl with his hand and then smashed it into his face."