Michael Nesmith remembers Davy Jones on Facebook

A bandmate's tribute to the late Monkees singer spreads across the social network.


Kevin Collier

Internet Culture

Published Feb 29, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 8:42 pm CDT

Every day, the Daily Dot finds something that people on Facebook are sharing and, in turn, shares it with you—with a little explanation. Here’s today’s share.

Facebook users are mourning the death of Monkees singer Davy Jones by sharing his former bandmate’s memoriam.

Michael Nesmith shared a stage with Jones for five years in the pop group’s heyday in the late ’60s, then off and on again for another four decades. Their relationship fell apart in the past few years. In 2009, Jones told a reporter that Nesmith had his head “firmly up his ass,” and the Monkees’ 2011 tour was cancelled “due to internal group issues and conflicts.”

However, soon after Jones’s death by heart attack on Wednesday, Nesmith wrote a touching tribute to his former friend on Facebook. More than 50,000 users subscribe to Nesmith; his note has since been shared over 3,000 times. In part, it reads:

“That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane.

“David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us.

“I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.”

Commenters seemed universally touched.

“I am so saddened by the news of Davy’s death,” wrote Barbara Eulenberg. “The Monkees was the first band I ever listened to. I still have all my LPs and listen to them. You will always be my favorite group.”

“Michael, thank you for a loving tribute to a wonderfully talented man,” wrote Suzanne DuCharme. “I am sorry for the loss of your friend. A piece of my childhood just died.”

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*First Published: Feb 29, 2012, 7:12 pm CST