An official from the medical examiner’s office for Martin County, Florida confirmed with TMZ they received a call from Martin Memorial Hospital informing them that Jones had passed away.
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.
Clearly inspired by the Beatles, and in particular their 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night, The Monkees quickly climbed the television ratings in the US after the show’s launch in 1966. The misgivings of critics were partly assuaged by the quality of the songs provided for the group by the cream of New York’s pop composers, including Neil Diamond and Carole King. Each Monkee was given some personality traits, with Jones playing the cheeky chappie, with an accent that most Americans could mistake for Liverpudlian.