Davy Jones, of Monkees fame, died of a heart attack at just 66 years old.
In sixth grade, when the television show started about the rock band, my girlfriends and I spent hours discussing our favorite Monkee (mine: Peter Tork). We bought all their albums, memorized all the songs, waited in line for their movies. We didn't care when we later learned that none of them were very good at playing music when they got together. They were chosen for their chemistry. And boy, did they have it.
They allowed us to daydream about love, romance and all the other stuff we didn't really know about yet in sixth grade.
Once, when The Monkees were at the height of their fame, 66 sounded so old. Now, it seems too young to die.
Thanks for the memories, Davy.
(AP archives photo of The Monkees. Davy standing up in the far back of the photo)