Overheard on CNN.com: Davy Jones, did you make the last train to Clarksville?
Mark Stepaniak of Stuart, Florida, says he and some friends met Davy Jones just days before he died. Do you have memories?
February 29th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Davy Jones, did you make the last train to Clarksville?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"Just dug out my old Monkees album. Dusted off the B.I.C. turntable; cleaned the needle with rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip. Fired up the huge, ancient, Pioneer (two-channel) receiver. Threw the wax on the platter. The pops and clicks are part of 'Pleasant Valley Sunday.' Turned it up real loud. Memories never sounded so good."

Jones' death at 66 has sparked a massive amount of genuine, heartfelt comments. Daydream Believers, Clarksville residents and denizens of Status Symbol Land remembered meeting and idolizing the musician from The Monkees.

The Monkees' Davy Jones dead at 66

iReporter Mark Stepaniak of Stuart, Florida, just got to meet Davy Jones a few days ago. He and some friends went to The Black Marlin restaurant after a February 23 performance and caught up with the star, whose wife was in a show at the Lyric Theatre across the street. Stepaniak took the photo at the top of this post, which shows Rebecca Anderson and Sara Mullen posing with Jones, and decided to send it in to CNN. He has fond memories going back to childhood.

“As a kid, I would always watch their TV shows and would listen to their records, back when they were vinyl," Stepaniak said.

Below is the most-liked comment, a fond farewell to Jones. One replying reader pointed out that the other David Jones owes a little something to Davy.

MrBunbury: "Thank you for the music Davy, a true class act. They don't make 'em like you anymore. Rest in peace."

Ras137: "Actually they do, the music industry today pretty much functions the way the Monkees were created. Get a bunch of pretty people, have professional songwriters give them their material. Endlessly promote them. The ignorant masses buys it up. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Even with all that, you can't deny the greatness of some of their singles: 'I'm a believer,' 'Pleasant Valley Sunday,' 'Daydream Believer.' RIP Davy Jones. As a side note, without Davy Jones we would not have David Bowie (whose original name is David Jones, but changed to avoid confusion with this Davy Jones). So I guess we would have David Jones and the Spiders from Mars. Just seems wrong."

One reader recalled once meeting Jones.

puapuapua: "I had the good fortune to know Davy back in the late '60s when I worked in the industry. He truly was a sweet, kind, friendly, funny, down to earth guy. Even though we lost contact when I moved across the country & later left the music industry, I always smiled when I remembered the fun moments being around him. He was a gentle rarity in an otherwise dog-eat-dog business. He truly will be missed."

This person was quite saddened to hear the news.

2lincolns: "He had the reputation of being one of the nicest guys in the music biz. He never forgot his fans. During the Monkees, he was the one who would visit with them, talk with them, and even give them gifts. After the show and up until recently, he always made time to visit, take pictures, sign autographs - all with a great sense of humor about himself. And he remained a consumate performer, giving his all to every audience he had. My sorrow is shared by his family and friends, I'm sure. Maybe this outpouring of fond wishes and wonderful memories will help, knowing that he made millions of people happy. What a legacy. Catch you on the flipside, Davy."

Commenters didn't seem to mind too much that The Monkees weren't a typical band.

quasardrake: "Davy Jones was my first crush, as a child. The Monkees may have been 'pre-fab' - even at five I understood they were a knock off of The Beatles, but I liked them better. And Mike Nesmith pretty much created the idea of "music videos," at least the kind that sort of tell a mini-story, out of hand. The had their own validity and I followed them even after the break up. I'm really sorry to hear this. Davy's gentle, pleasant voice takes me right back to the best parts of my childhood instantly. I'm glad we got to hear him. RIP, Davy, from a life long fan."

This post seemed to sum up what a lot of folks were saying.

Tommyknocker: "66 is far to young an age for this day dream believer to enter into his Pleasant Valley Sunday. Rest in peace to a great man and a true inspiration to us all. May he find his last train to Clarksville full of adoring fans on the other side."

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  1. Anja Emmjy

    Like others here, it was that Monkees that led me to music and kept me there!...As cheesey as the show proved to be watching reruns later in life, the episodes were a great display of the innocence of a time so lost now in this techno world....Thank you Davy!
    We will think of you often and especially the stars in your eyes when in love; we have always referred to someone we are special on as 'the Davy Jones eye stare".....funny how you stayed a part of all our lives.....
    Shall miss your great tamborine playing.......and your wonderful soft shoe dancing.....good job!!!
    You have left your mark. RIP

    March 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jill

    In 1966 I was a young, impressionable 8 year old when I fell in love with Davy Jones of The Monkees. I watched their TV show weekly and became a true Monkee girl. My mother, God bless her, bought my brother and I their first 3 albums which I own to this day. Time marched on, and in 1986 I was elated to hear that the Monkees would bring their 20th Anniversary Tour to Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, NY, my hometown. I had the time of my life at this concert and became immersed in full-fledged Monkeemania once again. I was completely awestruck by the love and warmth that the fans, old and new, conveyed to them and which they returned in kind. In the following years I met several local fans through the Monkees fan clubs and had several out of state pen pals which I wrote actual pen and paper letters to! One of the local fans, Jeanne, has been a dear friend ever since. One of my fondest memories was the day we first met Davy in 1987 outside his hotel in Albany, NY. Although his tour bus was ready to leave, he took the time to say hello and posed for a picture with us on either side of him, a photo I greatly cherish. After he wrote his book, I traveled to Cherry Hill, NJ to a booksigning. While he was signing my book, I told him how much he and the Monkees had meant to me all those years. I could tell he had been moved by my words, and he looked up at me with a warm gaze and those sparkling eyes and simply said "Thank you, love". I'll never forget that as long as I live. Into the early 90's and beyond, I traveled with Jeanne and other friends to multiple Monkees concerts and Davy Jones solo concerts in different states and Canada, and attended Monkees Conventions in Chicago and Los Angeles, where I saw all four Monkees reunited in concert at the Greek Theater. It was a thrilling once in a lifetime experience. At the conventions various band members, which always included Davy, would attend and chat with the audience, anwer questions, or even sing. Davy, especially, made us feel as if we knew him personally. By the time we occasionally attended Davy's solo shows in the 2000's, he instantly recognized Jeanne and me when we went through the autograph line to say hello to him after his concerts. This always amazed me after the thousands of fans he had met! He had a way of making every person feel special. It was no exception when he spoke to us in the autograph line at his 2010 show in Niagara Falls, with his new bride by his side. When I asked him how he was doing, he said "I'm still kicking"! Finally, it was meant to be that Jeanne and I attended our last Davy Jones concert at Turning Stone Casino on Feb. 17, 2012 in Verona, NY. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary, except I noted he had gained some weight. Otherwise he was his energetic, witty self. Anyone who was close to Davy knows he was one of the funniest people on the planet, and we alternated between rocking out and laughing hysterically through his shows. At one point he held up an old photo of his from the 1960's and quipped, "Justin Bieber stole my haircut!!". After saying hello to him later, we stood back and watched Davy interact with his fans like we had several times before. We loved just being in his presence and witnessing his incredible kindness and patience with his many fans. It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I say to him not "goodbye" but "see you later". Davy, I'll love you forever.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Jill, your post above made me cry. How fantastic that you and your friend got to have such meaningful contact with him. I was born in '68, so I didn't discover the Monkees until I saw the syndicated episodes in the late '70s, but of course, I fell in love with him. Rest in sweet peace, dear Davy. We all miss you, love.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Guest

    Jill, your beautiful post above made me cry. How wonderful that you and your friend got to have such meaningful contact with him. I was born in 1968, so I didn't discover the Monkees until I saw the syndicated episodes in the late '70s, but of course, I fell in love with him. Rest in sweet peace, dear Davy. We all miss you, love.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. NYCMovieFan

    Davy Jones had the rare, truly star quality of lifting the spirits of everyone in the room. As soon as he came onstage, whatever the size of the stage or the audience, he was everyone's friend, and an entertainer of the very top tier. He made such a big impression 45 years ago, and continued to be popular since, due to his charisma, talent, looks, but also due to his true caring for those who turned out to see him. I was lucky to see him perform several times, and he was always in top form, giving 150%. I feel deeply for his family now, as we lost my dad to a sudden heart attack about 15 years ago, with no warning at all. My message to them is please know that Davy mattered very much to millions of us, he really mattered and will continue to matter as he has taught us the integrity of doing what we love to the very best of our ability every day. The pain of losing him will soon turn to thankfulness that you had him in your life, and to the daily acknowledgement of the lessons that he taught you, you are his legacy in this plane of existence, and will see him again in the next. Peace and love to his family, friend and fans.

    March 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
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