I was watching some late night/early morning music program on the TV last week and he was on and as I had not seen him for years it took a while to realise who it was. He had not aged well. I suppose it was the same with Micky who I always remembered as the lovely little "Circus Boy" and when he appeared as the Monkees drummer in later years he too had not grown well.
To be honest they were not musically gifted, well three of them weren't, and without the emerging talent of Neil Diamond doing most of their songwriting they may have vanished a lot quicker than they did.
In the 60's I was a roadie with Hermans's Hermits. We played a night club in Manchester one night, Davy Jones was in the audience. He was on his own, but I didn't see it as my place to ask him to join us, the Hermit's managers were there.
I still regret not sticking my neck out, no-one spoke to him. Sorry, Davy, next time.
I've always had a rule to leave celebs alone when they're "off duty", and have spent many a night in Manchester bars a couple of stools away from rock stars. Sometimes I'll speak to them if they look like they're in the mood, but if they're alone and have the far away look of a three day binge behind them I leave well alone.
My biggest regret is the time when I was in a cinema queue behind Ian Brown (Stone Roses) and his kids. I had a freshly bought copy of the 20th Anniversary edition of the Stone Roses debut in my pocket, but because he was with his kids my rule prevented me getting an autograph.
In the same queue was Gemma Atkinson from Hollyoaks and premier league WAG fame, she used to work for me when she was at college, but she didn't recognise me :-(
rip Davy Jones
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