Private service held Wednesday in Florida; public memorials planned in the U.S. and Manchester, England.
By John Mitchell
A private funeral service for Davy Jones was held near the former Monkees lead singer’s home in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday.
Only immediate family attended the small service, Reuters reported. Jones’ former Monkees bandmates — Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith — did not attend to avoid attracting crowds.
Jones’ ashes will be transported to his native Manchester, England, where a public memorial service is planned for next week. Another public memorial is being planned, but the date and location have not been confirmed, though it will likely take place in either Los Angeles or New York.
There has been some talk that the surviving Monkees will perform at one of the public memorials, though Dolenz, Tork and Nesmith have not confirmed any performance plans. “The three of us, Mike and Peter and I, we have never worked together just as a threesome,” Dolenz told the Associated Press on Tuesday (via the New York Times). “We’ve been talking, we’ve been communicating, but it’s way too early, I think, to project or predict anything like that.”
Jones died on February 29 after suffering a heart attack while attending to his horses at his Florida farm, where he’d been living in recent years with his wife, Jessica. He is survived by his wife and four daughters.
The singer rose to fame as the teen heartthrob lead singer of the popular made-for-TV ’60s pop group the Monkees. Born on December 30, 1945, Jones began his career as a child actor, appearing in a British daytime soap opera and radio plays before landing a Tony nomination at age 16 for his role as the Artful Dodger in a Broadway production of “Oliver.”
With the Monkees, Jones helped create some of the most iconic pop of the 1960s, including hits “Daydream Believer,” “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)” and “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.”
Though the group’s popularity was relatively short-lived, Jones continued to successfully tour and perform on TV and in films throughout the ’80s and ’90s, and was slated to mount a U.K. tour in honor of the Monkees’ 45th anniversary in May along with Tork and Dolenz.