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Davy Jones of The Monkees, Dead at 66

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Davy Jones, the mop-topped British singer who became a worldwide sensation following the success of his TV show "The Monkees," has died today of a heart attack according to TMZ. He was 66.

Formed in 1966, The Monkees -- which consisted of Jones and fellow bandmates Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork -- were assembled by TV producers looking to cash in on Beatlemania.

But "The Monkees," both as a TV show and a band, succeeded beyond everybody's wildest expectations, eventually landing Jones and company on the top of the charts with two number one singles and four number one albums.

For film fans, though, the highlight of Jones's career was undoubtedly the influential, experimental cult hit "Head." Widely panned by critics when it hit theaters in 1968, "Head," which was co-written by a young Jack Nicholson,  featured the band in a number of absurdist and surrealist scenes. The film failed abysmally at the box office, leading to a decline in the band's popularity, but is now considered a classic of the psychedelic era.

Following the band's break-up in 1970, Jones continued to record and perform music alongside fellow Monkees members, eventually reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour in 1986. His last performance took place less than two weeks ago.

Jones is survived by his third wife as well as four children from previous marriages.

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