In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Michael Nesmith had some kind words for his former Monkees bandmate Davy Jones.
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Michael Nesmith has been a virtual unknown since The Monkees broke up over 40 years ago, embarking on a less-than-stellar solo career since leaving the group.
Nesmith has found himself back in the news as of late now that lead singer Davy Jones died unexpectedly at his Florida ranch last week.
For Nesmith, Davy Jones WAS The Monkees. He was the heart, soul, brain, everything.
Nesmith on Jones:
“For me David was The Monkees. They were his band. We were his side men. He was the focal point of the romance, the lovely boy, innocent and approachable. Micky was his Bob Hope. In those two – like Hope and Crosby – was the heartbeat of the show.”
When asked about his fondest memory of Davy, Nesmith said with confidence that it was Jones’ personality and sense of humor that he will remember him most for.
Nesmith’s fondest memory of Jones:
“He told great jokes. Very nicely developed sense of the absurd – Pythonesque – actually, Beyond the Fringe – but you get my point. We would rush to each other anytime we heard a new joke and tell it to each other and laugh like crazy. David had a wonderful laugh, infectious. He would double up, crouching over his knees, and laugh till he ran out of breath. Whether he told the joke or not. We both did.”
For the entire interview click here.