Listen to the Bands, the next release from 7a Records, will feature songs from The Monkees' catalog as performed by a variety of bands and artists. Arriving on June 2 in the United States, and May 19 in the United Kingdom, all proceeds will benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Check out the selections and performers in a previous update, and follow the links below to pre-order your copy!
Jerry Blavat, "The Geator with The Heater" and "The Boss with the Hot Sauce," is a longtime disc jockey and Philadelphia icon who appeared in the second season episode, "Some Like It Lukewarm."
Davy Jones passed away five years ago on February 29, 2012. The Monkees Live Almanac salutes the memory of Davy, and, like everyone, is still saddened that he's gone.
Thanks, Davy, for all the memories, laughs, and good times.
After the passing of his mother, a young Davy Jones apprenticed with Newmarket, Suffolk, England horse trainer Basil Foster in the early 1960s as he pursued a career as a jockey. Foster mentored Davy, and by some twist of fate, eventually encouraged him to pursue the role of the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver! in London's West End. "Basil insisted I went, and I just cried," Davy remembered many years later. "I wanted to be a jockey. But he said 'You’re going! Come back when you’re famous.'"
Davy called Basil 'The Guv’nor' and maintained a close relationship with him all the way up to Davy's death in 2012, even bringing Foster to the United States and caring for him in his later years. "He was like a second father to me," said Davy.
Basil Foster passed away in 2013.
UPDATE 3/20/2017: Basil Foster was remembered by the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund on their Facebook page:
Linda Jones and Talia Jones Roston were on hand at The Monkees' concert last night in Paso Robles, California to accept a special gift from Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund. Take a look at the signature on the check!
Written In Our Hearts is one of the premier Facebook communities dedicated to Davy Jones. Click the image below to visit!
On July 23, 2011, five years ago now, Davy Jones gave his last performance as a member of The Monkees. The concert, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Marcus Amphitheater, was the final stop on the group's successful 45th Anniversary World Tour. Sadly, Davy passed away on February 29, 2012.
Thank you very much to Sherri Hansen for sharing previously unseen video footage from that show, which can be viewed below. Sherri has a few other items related to this historic performance that she's going to submit to the Live Almanac a little later, but for now, enjoy: