My first rock ‘n’ roll memories are from the 1960s group, the Monkees. I just learned that Davy Jones, the Monkees lead singer, died today at the age of 66.  

The Monkees started out as a fictional band assembled for a TV series of the same name, a sort of goofy children’s sitcom with one or two songs performed during each episode. Eventually, the Monkees succeeded beyond television and became a “real” rock ‘n’ roll band.

The Monkees had a number of hits including Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer, (I’m Not Your) Steppin Stone, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Daydream Believer, and of course, the Theme from the Monkees TV show. The Monkees were originally modeled after the Beatles. Yet, for a short time, they were actually more popular. I have fond memories of running home from elementary school to watch their TV show in re-runs. In fact, I still have the Monkees Greatest Hits album.