Locals React to Davy Jones’ Death
Former teen idol and lead singer for “The Monkees,” Davy Jones, has died at the age of 66.
Jones was not only a TV star and performer, he called Snyder County home.
Wednesday morning the pop star reportedly died of a heart attack where he was staying in Florida.
For years, Davy Jones has lived part-time in Snyder County, Beavertown to be exact, and that fact was known well by people all around the area who are sad to see him go.
WKOK anchor Sara Bartlett broke the news to listeners, Davy Jones, the man who had generations of fans who loved his tunes and his boyish good looks, was gone.
Jones lived in Beavertown, a half hour drive from the Sunbury Broadcasting stations in Snyder County.
On-air personality Shawn Carey remembers how Jones spent a lot of time in the area when he was not touring.
“He would be out and about in the community. We would hear from our listeners, we saw him at the grocery store or department store,” said Carey.
In the late 1960s, Davy Jones was a veritable heart-throb, starring in the sitcom “The Monkees” then touring and recording albums with the band.
“They had to go out on the road and become musicians. You could barely hear the guys perform because of the shrill of all the girls in the crowd,” said Carey.
Eventually, Davy Jones bought a farm with horse stables in Beavertown, where he could groom and train the animals.
Sometimes he would lend his talents to causes, including the “I Believe” campaign in Wilkes-Barre a few years ago.
At least a half-dozen times, he performed at the Front Street Station in Northumberland Borough.
“It was very special to have a big-time entertainer, neat guy, laid back, good to work with,” said owner Jay Seidel.
Jones’ death was a shock to Seidel, who had hoped to book Davy once more this Christmas.
“Always sold them out. If it was one night engagement or two nights, we’d sell out every time,” Seidel added.
Davy Jones leaves behind a wife and four daughters not to mention all those catchy hits he had with “The Monkees,” like “Daydream Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”