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    Davy Jones: 1945-2012

    Best known as a member of The Monkees, the singer was also seen everywhere from "The Brady Bunch" to Broadway to "SpongeBob SquarePants."

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    British invasion -

    Davy Jones, seen here around 1960, was born in Manchester, England, in 1945. He appeared in England's "Coronation Street" soap opera while still a teenager, but much bigger fame was yet to come.

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    'Pre-fab Four' -

    Jones was cast in "The Monkees" TV show in 1966, and was chosen to sing lead in the Monkees band. The show reportedly was inspired by The Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night."

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    People say we monkey around -

    The Monkees consisted of Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith. Jones was the lone Brit amongst the three Americans.

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    Teen idol -

    Jones quickly became the best-known of the group, and an international teen idol.

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    In the studio -

    Jones, Nesmith and Dolenz are shown here in a recording studio in the 1960s. The group sold more than 50 million albums.

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  • Davy Jones Of The Monkees

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    A star is born -

    Those who put together the Monkees had hopes of creating an American Beatles, and fans greeted them with similar hysteria.

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  • The Monkees

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    The Beatles reportedly were fans of The Monkees, hosting a party for them in England. John Lennon supposedly told Nesmith he never missed an episode.

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  • THE BRADY BUNCH

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    Mrs. Davy Jones -

    In a famous episode of "The Brady Bunch" that aired in 1971, Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick), the president of Jones' fan club, brags that she can deliver him to her school dance, then almost has to back down on her promise. Jones also appeared on shows including "Scooby Doo," "Boy Meets World," and "SpongeBob SquarePants."

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    Eighties hair -

    Jones continued to sing after "The Monkees" ended, performing both solo and with new versions of the band.

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    Mr. Tambourine Man -

    Jones plays the tambourine during a 1997 reunion tour in Wales.

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  • MOHEGAN SUN DAVID CASSIDY AND DAVY JONES

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    Two teen idols -

    David Cassidy and Davy Jones pose at The Cabaret Theatre at the Mohegan Sun hotel and casino in Connecticut in 2006.

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    The Monkees come together to celebrate the band's 45th anniversary at The Greek in Los Angeles on July 7, 2011.

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    That famous smile -

    Jones looked robust and strong on Feb. 11, 2012, less than a month before his death at age 66 from a heart attack.

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