Remember those old Monkee episodes where Davy, Peter, Micky and Mike joked around amid slapstick riffs and musical numbers? One of the things that was not only endearing but enduring about the boys was how much fun they seemed to be having and their sweet, optimistic view on life.
Although he may be just a bit older — 65 now — it appears Davy Jones has not changed. He is funny and charming, a jokester who seems to start each day like a “Daydream Believer.”
Jones will be at The Lyric Theatre Feb. 10 and 11. He will sing the Monkees’ greatest hits, reminisce and surely make the audience laugh, with jokes like the ones he shared with me last week during a phone interview.
“My grandfather said to me: ‘They found a woman in India who has five legs.’ And I said, ‘Her knickers must fit like a glove.”
Or how about the way he starts his show? “Hi, I’m Davy Jones’s father. Davy will be out in a minute.”
Jones and his wife — the dancer Jessica Pacheco, who also will be at The Lyric next week — live in Miami and have an apartment on the water in Ft. Lauderdale and a horse ranch in Indiantown, where Jones spends a good amount of time. He loves his horses and the community.
“This is my residence,” Jones said, “I am pretty settled and enjoying the quiet. On Feb. 18, I am doing a benefit for the Indiantown Education Coalition. This is important to me. Every year there is a scholarship for a child in the area. My mother’s name is attached to it: the Doris Jones College Fund.”
Jones started in show biz when he was only 11 years old. He played a recurring role on the popular British soap “Coronation Street.” His big break came with the role of the Artful Dodger in the London production of “Oliver.” He went on to revive the role on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award.
He was only 16.
Although he is an accomplished actor, he always will be best known as the cutest Monkee — and the shortest. The weekly show (1966-68), created by Hollywood director Bob Rafelson (“Five Easy Pieces,” “The Postman Always Rings Twice”), featured the four lads in a format mirroring the popular Beatles movie “A Hard Day’s Night.” The Monkees also toured, selling 50 million records worldwide.
These days Jones spends time touring, working charity gigs and enjoying life.
He just finished writing a musical and is considering how to take it to Broadway. He played a gig with the 60-piece San Diego Symphony and is soon on his way to England to make a public announcement for free trade. He and Pacheco travel together, and she sometimes dances in his shows.
“I have never been involved with somebody in the business before as a performer,” Jones said. “She makes me feel grounded because she understands. I live freely and have a good understanding of people’s thoughts about me and themselves. I love to be a listener as well as a leader.
“Jessie is so young,” he added, “when we recently went to a hotel she said, “Let’s run up the stairs and make love.’ And I said, ‘It’s going to have to be one or the other.”
Ba-dum-bum. – By Marilyn Bauer, TCPalm