The Monkees started in 1966 when television executives wanted to create a comedy show about a real band. They cobbled together Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Jones, who was the cute one all the girls were supposed to fall in love with. Thanks to the show the band had a string of hits like "I'm a Believer," "Daydream Believer," and "Last Train to Clarksville." The show was cancelled in 1968, but the band continued making music (with some lineup changes) until the mid-'70s.
The band found a new generation of fans when Nickelodeon, still a fledgling channel that hadn't coined its own tween starts as of yet, started rerunning the series in 1986. The band started performing again and Jones was even doing solo concerts just a few weeks ago. He's survived by his wife and four daughters and plenty of middle-aged and twentysomething fans who like a jazzy song framed by some ridiculous slapstick humor.
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