Davy was born in Openshaw, Manchester, England. His mom died of emphysema when Davy was 14 years old. He enjoyed working with horses and began his career as a jockey when he took a job with the Newmarket thoroughbred racing group. He dropped out of school and his jockeying career ended soon after he took an interest in acting when he tried out for the role as "Artful Dodger" in the production of "Oliver!" in London's West End" He left England to come to the United States and appeared on Broadway in the same production and was nominated for a Tony Award. During that time, he also performed on the Ed Sullivan Show on the same episode that featured The Beatles. While watching the Beatles and the excitement of fans, Davy decided that he wanted to draw the same exuberance.
Following his appearance on the Sullivan show, he signed a contract with the predecessor of Columbia Pictures and made appearances on
episodes of the "Ben Casey" show and "The Farmer's Daughter" He also began his musical career having begun a solo career in 1965 with a single called "What Are We Going To Do?" and an album soon followed.
Twenty years after the end of the Monkees, they were reunited for a broadcast called "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Monkeemania" resulted once again until they discontinued their performances. They continued to perform on different anniversaries of the groups creation. Jones last tour came on the 45th anniversary of the group in what was called "An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour."
|Davy Jones and his horses|
In 2008, Yahoo! Music named him the "Number 1 teen idol of all time and Fox News listed him 2nd on it's list of the 10 best teen idols of all time in 2009. Jones published his autobiography in 1987 called "They Made A Monkee Out of Me."
Davy continued his love of horses having owned and raised several horses in Florida. He also had a residence for many years in the small town of Beaverton, Pennsylvania where he acquired a closed church and planned to create a museum in its location.
|Jones memorial program|
A private funeral was held at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Indiantown, Florida.
|One of three banners displayed at memorial in Beaverton|
Davy Jones was cremated and his ashes have supposedly been returned to his birthplace of Manchester, England.