My First Celebrity Crush: Remembering Davy Jones

mainThough I didn’t grow up in the 1960s, Davy Jones was my first real celebrity crush.

I always liked the Monkees when I was little; it was a treat for my sisters and I when my dad would play my mom’s old Monkee’s records.

But in the sixth grade, while most girls swooned over N*Sync and O-Town, I was crushing on Davy Jones.

The shaggy brown hair, the adorable English accent and always playing five maracas at once. Who can resist that?

It all began when I discovered The Monkees television show on WGN over the summer. I then bought the band’s greatest hits album, anthology CDs and a model car of the Monkee-mobile. I was a obsessed.

Though I loved the band as a whole, Davy Jones was the one who I swooned for. My heart would flutter as he sang “I Want to Be Free” and “Look out Here Comes Tomorrow” (songs that now at the age of 24 I realize are a bit jerky, but I still enjoy them.)

My mother always made a point to record the episode of Scooby-Doo where Davy is a cartoon character or The Brady Bunch episode where he guest stars and asks Marsha for a kiss “on the flip side.”

And yes, yes I watched the 1968 Monkees film Head at the age of 12.

But on Feb. 29, 2012, I cried at my desk like I had lost a family member.

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I had a great day as two eighth grade students shadowed me while I was working at the Elkin Tribune. When I hopped on Twitter at the end of the day, it was blowing up with other Monkees fans mourning Davy Jones’ death.

Davy Jones was taken from us much too soon at the age of 66 from an unexpected heart attack.

His death was even more heartbreaking as stories of his philanthropy in Beavertown, PA where he lived.

Interviews in local news channel CBS21 shared that Jones was down to Earth, shopping at the Dollar General and giving people around town cold remedies.

Jones also renovated a historical Lutheran church in Beavertown, changing it from an “eyesore to an asset,” said Mayor of Beavertown, Bill Wagner.

His death shook up Monkees band members Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith, who hasn’t been associated with the Monkees since 1970.

Dolenz posted on Facebook that he was in a state of shock and that Jones was the brother he never had.

“This is an enormous event in my world,” Tork told USA Today. ” What is the saddest thing in the world is that not everyone was able to see the range and depth of his heart. He was about as heartfelt a man as anyone I have ever met in my life.”

Nesmith has now joined Tork and Dolenz in the 2012 Monkees reunion tour.

I have to confess, of all the stars we lost in 2012, Davy Jones’ death is the one that still hurts my heart.

See you on the flip side, Mr. Jones.

Jessica Pickens is the writer for Comet Over Hollywood Blog. The blog explores everything from classic actress beauty tips to celebrities from the Carolinas. Outside of blogging, Jessica is a reporter at The Shelby Star in Shelby, N.C. You can visit her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @HollywoodComet.

Who was your first celebrity crush? Let us know in the comments!


  • MommaHawk

    I was 12 when the Monkees came along so I was one of the ‘original’ fans. I still cry (tears are flowing down my face as I type this) when I think of Davy, he was and always will be the love of my life.

  • Barry

    I loved the Monkees and still do. Actually, I’m reading a day-by-day account of them right now. As a kid Mike was my favorite; Micky my brother’s, and Davy my sister’s. Sorry, Peter!

  • Carol Scott

    I was in seventh grade when the Monkees first ‘came, walkin’ down the street’. Once I watched them, I never turned back. And Davy was my special favorite, as well. Although I loved all four of them, plastered their magazine photos onto every available space on my bedroom walls, bought as much of their music as my allowance and babysitting money would allow, and would have gladly spent time with any of them, Davy held a special spot. I even sat with my little reel-to-reel tape recorder’s mic plastered against the TV speaker to record their shows each week; and I did actually listen to those recordings regularly. Anyway, while Whitney was an icon, Neil was a pioneer, and Dick was a staple to most of us baby boomers, of all the celebrities we lost in 2012 it was Davy’s death that most saddened me.

  • Bill68

    Mike Nesmith toured with the Monkees in 1986 and collaborated on their album “Justus”.

    • J.P.

      Thank you! I researched and the last time I saw was a 70s date.

  • Cranberry

    liked Davy but my first celebrity crush was Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders!

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  • Kai Ferano

    Davy was a doll. As a short person myself, I used to get a real kick out of his, usually muffled, remarks about being teased or even diminished because of his petite size. Yes, Davy’s loss was a very sad event.

  • Kai Ferano

    My first celebrity crush was James Byron Dean. I was about 11 years old at the time. How little we in the general public knew about his personal life. Still, he was one of the greatest actors of all time. His tragic death was my generation’s first major sudden loss of a star.

  • fannotfanatic

    Annette Funicello as a Mousketeer

  • lwo3155

    Please, since you’re a writer, learn that it should be-“It was a real treat for my sisters and me”
    not my sisters and I. And I, too, thought Davy was a sweetheart.

    • J.P.

      Uh oh! You are right. Thanks for letting me know, I can fix that in the original post. Everyone needs an editor! 🙂

  • daffy

    i was 13/14 when the beatles came to american with their mersey beat and, although paul — with that choirboy face — was everyones favorite, i was totally in love with george.

    • cindy

      I remember my parents waking us kids up to watch the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show,I was 11 years old,and had never seen a “Rock Group” like them ! I fell in love with John Lennon,and still mourn his passing.

  • John Patterson

    Marie Osmond.

  • Ed

    My first celebrity crush was Carol Lynley. I was 12 when “The Poseidon Adventure” came out & I just adored her in this film (and I still have a soft spot for her!)

  • Leslie

    Paul McCartney, along with most of the female population in 1964. I still smile at my first crush when I watch A Hard Day’s Night and Help and I still think he was really really cute!

  • Jean

    Paul McCartney was 1st, followed by Omar Shariff

  • karlene

    Robert Wagner, even tho he is 20 years older than me, and his voice still makes me melt

  • Thom Thomas

    Montgomery Clift. And I’m a guy. His performance in RED RIVER had me searching for photos of him in movie magazines and plastering them all over my bedroom walls.

  • dirkwrestler

    Monkees were good but first crush had to be David Cassidy!!

  • ganderson

    Little-known facts and useless information: Davy was Gene Rodenberry’s inspiration to for including Ens. Checkov in the original Star Trek crew. Roddenberry was so impressed with Davy that he wanted a young, shaggy Brit, preferrably with a cockney accent. The studio brass thought that was hitting a little too close to the Davy Jones mark and so Checkov became a Russian. My own guilty confession for a teen-age crush? Has to be Susan Dey (sigh) even some 50 years ago.

  • NancyW

    I admit Davy Jones was great to listen to and watch and I was sad to hear of his passing and I was 16 when The Monkees first came on NBC, but back then and even now until this day, my first crush was and is to this day, David Janssen, I just melt when I watch him. He left us too early too!

  • BOstinks

    not that asshole davey jones

  • Dana Thompson

    I loved Davy Jones, but Mickey Dolenz was a close 2nd, he was so funny

  • Edward LaLonde

    Shirley Jones, Marian the librarian in The Music Man. When she sang Being In Love, that was it for me.

  • David Bruce Patterson

    Without a doubt it was seeing Jennifer O’Neill in Summer of 42. WOW!!

  • Debra Roddy

    My first crush on a celebrity was Paul McCartney and the Beatles but Davey Jones was my second crush !

  • Frosty

    Ann-Margret from “Bye Bye Birdie”.

  • Peg Lyons

    My first celebrity crush was James Dean and then I saw Rock Hudson in “Magnificient Obsession” and I was simply starstruck for years.

  • Jackie

    Do not worry ,Thom ,My Mom and I loved Montgomery Cliff,too,but he was gay..very few people knew that then or now,but he was a gorgeous man!Elizabeth Taylor was his very best female friend on and off screen.

  • Jackie

    My first Celebrity crush was John Payne…OMG .He was beautiful!