Pop music icon Davy Jones died of a heart attack this week. The short British heartthrob from the manufactured original boy band The Monkees fueled the fantasies of many young girls my age.
Our freshman year in high school my friend Kris Kerby and I spent all our babysitting money on magazines like Tiger Beat, Teen Screen and 16, and many an afternoon listening to Monkee albums. The Farmers Market on Madera Avenue, owned by Dr. Brent Gong’s family, had the best selection of teen magazines.
We could read the latest news about our heart-throbs or what I now realized was a carefully managed, highly sanitised versions of their lives put out by their public relation firms.
Kris had a serious crush on Jones but my fickle friend was also in love with Desi Arnaz Jr. His band Dino, Desi and Billy had some top-40 hits during the same time period...