Tributes for Monkees star

Dyscworld ,Owner Bill Broadmore with the late Davy Jones solo album at his store.Picture Richard.Ponter.120952,

Dyscworld ,Owner Bill Broadmore with the late Davy Jones solo album at his store.Picture Richard.Ponter.120952,

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TRIBUTES have been paid locally to the frontman of the 1960s group The Monkees who has sadly passed away.

Davy Jones was the British-born singer and died aged 66 at his home in Indiantown in Florida.

Charles White, who is also known as Dr Rock and presents a weekly show on BBC Radio York, said the singer was the main attraction for fans and he would be missed.

He added: “When you get that kind of international exposure you will be missed. It was the right kind of entertainment for the time.”

And Bill Broadmoor, who runs Dyscworld record shop in St Thomas Street, put the singer’s only solo album in the window as a personal tribute.

He said: “It’s so sad when anyone passes away – especially in music. It is another talent lost. For a short period they were a big influence. For those 18 months they sold more than The Beatles did.”

Mr Broadmoor said that the band was one of the first “manufactured” groups, in response to The Beatles and the rest of the British invasion, and were The X Factor of the day.

He said: “They had a string of hits and one of their songs [Steppin’ Stone] was covered by the Sex Pistols – they were the world’s top act in 1967.”

Rod Emms, who runs Record Revivals in Northway, said: “He was the frontman of the band and the band wouldn’t have been the same without him.

“His music will carry on because it is still played on the radio. I think they are one of those bands that doesn’t sound dated. A lot of the 60s bands do sound dated.”

He added that one of the group’s strong points was their harmonies, especially on the track Pleasant Valley Sunday.

He said: “That, to me, is a classic because of the harmonies and the feelgood factor.”

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Jones had complained of breathing troubles early on Wednesday morning.

Jones’ publicist confirmed that the Manchester-born star suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away in his sleep.