The wife of "Daydream Believer" composer John Stewart, Buffy Ford Stewart, has recorded a new album which includes a cover of her husband's song made famous by The Monkees. Her version includes a guest lead vocal by Davy Jones and a harmony vocal by Peter Tork. (Davy even sings the original lyric, "Well now you know how funky I can be.") This article provides more information, and highlights can be read below. The song can be downloaded on iTunes and is credited to Buffy Ford Stewart, Davy Jones & Peter Tork.
Back in 1967, in the aftermath of the break-up of The Kingston Trio, John Stewart met a "homecoming queen" named Buffy Ford. She inspired his composition, "Daydream Believer" which became one of the last hits for The Monkees. After Stewart recorded Signals Through the Glass (1968) with his muse, the two married and were together until John's death in 2008.
Through the years, Buffy continued to be her husband's creative inspiration. In addition, the couple recorded various collaborative projects together like John Stewart and Buffy Ford's Live at the Turf Inn, Scotland (1996) and John Stewart & Darwin's Army (1999). Four years after her husband's death, Same Old Heart is one of Buffy's celebrations of John Stewart's legacy. Half the compositions on the release are his, the remaining are by Buffy and most are love songs clearly written about him.
Ironically, the "Daydream Believer" herself finally recorded the song she inspired, sharing lead vocals with the voice who made it a hit. Apparently, this version is the final studio work from ex-Monkees member Davy Jones, who sings both lead and harmony vocals with his old mate, Peter Tork.
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