Davy's passing has been a major story this week and it has been nice to see all of the positive stories that have surrounded this very unfortunate event. I became a Monkees fan when MTV aired the original marathon of the TV show in early 1986, and I've been along for the ride ever since. My favorite Davy memory usually comes back to meeting him in 1988 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey at the Cherry Mill Mall. It was a book signing event for his then new book, They Made a Monkee Out of Me. Davy was very gracious, friendly and had a big smile on his face throughout the entire event. (The lines were wrapped around the mall!) That day he signed for me his book and my copy of the Pool It! album. The Monkees have been a large part of my life for a long time, and it's hard to believe we've lost one of them. Thanks for everything, Davy.
I plan to set aside future blog posts in the coming weeks for pictures, videos and dedications to Davy Jones. Keep checking back...
There are some brand new and previously unpublished images of The Monkees performing at The Dome in Virginia on June 13, 1969 available in the 1969 North American Tour section. They were taken by photographer Dick Boushell of The Virginian-Pilot newspaper and were recently published on their website. (Thanks to Neil in Virginia for the heads up!)
Don't forget that Antenna TV is hosting a Monkees marathon (including two screenings of Head) this weekend in honor of Davy. This comes from their website:
Antenna TV, which airs on 60 affiliates across the U.S. reaching 58% of TV households, will honor Davy Jones and The Monkees beginning with a special airing of “Head” (1968) at 1pm ET on Saturday, March 3rd. Antenna TV will also air a complete 58-episode marathon of The Monkees on Saturday, beginning at 5pm ET, and running straight through to Sunday, March 4th with an encore airing of “Head” at 10PM ET.
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