When he appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ with the Beatles in 1964, Davy Jones had no idea he was staring at his future.
On the show, he performed a song from ‘Oliver!’ the Broadway show he was acting in at the time. But two years later, he’d be cast in ‘The Monkees,’ a TV show about a band similar to the Beatles and inspired by the Fab Four movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’
Despite its origins as a pretend band, the Monkees became a real one after insisting they play their own instruments and write their own songs. Meanwhile, tunes like ‘Daydream Believer,’ ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ and ‘I’m a Believer’ were smash hits, contributing to Monkeemania.
While the show only lasted two years, the Monkees — Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith — would occasionally reunite. Currently, they are celebrating their 45th year with a tour that doesn’t include Nesmith, who opted not to join the band.
Jones recently spoke to Spinner about the reunion and the band’s storied past.
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