The former child actor who became a star with the 60s band 'The Monkees' has passed away at the age of 66.

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This article titled “Davy Jones obituary” was written by Dave Laing, for The Guardian on Wednesday 29th February 2012 20.44 UTC

Despite their obvious debt to the Beatles, the Monkees were one of the most successful and well-loved pop groups of the late 1960s. Their only British member was Davy Jones, a former child actor, who has died after a heart attack, aged 66.

The independent producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider came up with the idea of a television series featuring the antics of a pop group that would issue singles and albums in tandem with the show. Auditions were held in Hollywood for “four insane boys”, and Jones was one of the first in line. He was eventually chosen, along with three Americans: Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith were accomplished rock guitarists, while Micky Dolenz, like Jones, had been a child actor.

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