Mon­kees con­tem­plate how to memo­ri­al­ize Jones

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The three sur­viv­ing Mon­kees aren’t plan­ning to at­tend Davy Jones’ fu­neral be­cause it likely would bring too much un­wanted at­ten­tion to his fam­ily dur­ing their time of grief, the group’s Micky Dolenz said Tues­day.

He and fel­low Mon­kees Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith have talked of at­tend­ing one of the me­mo­ri­als that Jones’ fam­ily is plan­ning to hold in New York and in the late singer’s na­tive Eng­land, Mr. Dolenz said. And he added he’s con­sid­er­ing or­ga­niz­ing a me­mo­rial him­self for Jones’ friends in Los An­ge­les.

Whether the sur­viv­ing Mon­kees would per­form at any of the gath­er­ings, or at any other time in the fu­ture, is an open ques­tion.

“The three of us, Mike and Peter and I, we have never worked to­gether just as a three­some. Mostly it was Peter, David and I and then Mike would join us,” Mr. Dolenz said of the band’s pe­ri­odic re­unions over the years.

“We’ve been talk­ing, we’ve been com­mu­ni­cat­ing, but it’s way too early, I think, to project or pre­dict any­thing like that.”

A pri­vate fam­ily fu­neral will take place in Florida this week, Jones spokes­woman He­len Ken­sick said Tues­day, de­clin­ing to give any fur­ther de­tails. Plan­ning for a fam­ily ser­vice in Eng­land and a public me­mo­rial in the U.S. were still un­der way.

Mr. Dolenz said he wasn’t sur­prised by the out­pour­ing of public af­fec­tion for Jones that fol­lowed his death from a heart at­tack last week at age 66.

The youngest mem­ber of the group, Jones played the role of the heart­throb in the made-for-tv band, which shot to fame in 1966 with the “The Mon­kees” tele­vi­sion show and such hit songs as “Day­dream Be­liever” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”

“You know, that show and those songs touched so many mil­lions of peo­ple all over the world for so many years,” Mr. Dolenz said. “I can’t tell you how many times some­one has come up to me in a mall and said, ‘I just got to tell you, you made my child­hood.’ ”

And Jones, he said, was pretty much the lov­able char­ac­ter he played on TV.

“What you saw is what you got,” Mr. Dolenz said. “He was very much a song-and-dance man, life of the party, al­ways telling jokes, al­ways on, an en­ter­tainer and just a great guy to be around.” 14.62 mil­lion and Ri­hanna with 14.59 mil­lion.

Pres­i­dent Obama was in eighth place with 12.88 mil­lion fol­low­ers of his @barack­obama ac­count.

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