My meeting with Monkees star Davy Jones
PUBLISHED: 01:06 05 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:09 20 February 2013
Lancashire Life blogger remembers the day she met Monkees star Davy Jones
When Davy Jones picked up the phone to Les, the first words out of
his mouth were, Hey, thatÊ¼s a strong Manchester accent, and that set the
scene for our cozy chat at the upscale Hotel Nikko, in the heart of
Little Davy as many fans knew him, had come a long way from playing a bit part in Coronation Street, England's longest running TV soap; he lived full time in the USA, but he didn't forgot his roots.
Thomas Ê»DavyÊ¼ Jones, born December 1945 in Openshaw, a suburb of Manchester, a city that has launched many talents, from The Bee Gees and The Hollies, to Albert Finney and Sir Ben Kingsley; Davy
himself could still turn on that Manchester magic.
As a young lad, his Father had hopes for him to be a jockey and he was sent to Newmarket in southern England, to apprentice with the renowned trainer Basil Foster, but before he had chance to cross the winning line, Basil had paved the way for DavyÊ¼s role in the musical Oliver.
From Coronation Street he appeared on stage in LondonÊ¼s West End,
playing the Artful Dodger in Oliver, (the first musical adaptation of a
Charles Dickens novel) which later earned him a nomination for a Tony
Award, when he repeated the performance on Broadway in the U.S., it was a move that would seal his fortune and form life-long friendships.
His magic was full on when he talked about his family. His daughters wedding in the beautiful
Hampshire countryside of England, and his sister Beryl, who retired a few years ago from a shop that she had run for the past 45 years in Denton, Manchester
Beryl loves to play bingo at The Gala Club in Belle Vue, and when she getÊ¼s a win, she
putÊ¼s 20 in an envelope and mails it to him.
We were joined by another member of his family, his new wife, Jessica, his wife of almost five years, was all smiles.
They met at a British Pantomime in Florida, where Mike Winters, a well-known English comedian, played The Count, Jessica was cast as Cinderella, and Davy? no surprise, he charmed the audience as Buttons, a role traditionally played by a young guy, he quipped that when he first entered stage, he told the crowd Hi, IÊ¼m ButtonÊ¼s Dad.
A native of Florida, Jessica had no difficulty joining in with the Manchester style banter.
I found him to be disarming, charming and laugh out loud funny.
For 45 minutes on a sunny afternoon in California, I thought that I was back home, meeting up with an old friend at one of my favorite haunts in Manchester... minus the lashing rain.