March 14th, 2012
06:34 PM ET

iReporters remember Davy Jones, the 'forever heartthrob'

Following Davy Jones' death on February 29, CNN iReport was filled with images and stories from fans of the Monkees' star, remembering how Jones never lost his "heartthrob" image.

While public memorials in the U.K. and/or Stateside are said to still be possibilities, we're hosting a version of our own thanks to our iReporters.

Helen Sandwick, from Rochester, Kent, England, for example, vividly remembers what was written on her pencil case when she was 12 years old: “Helen Jones.”

“My sister and I sat directly in front of the TV each week watching ‘The Monkees’ and ogling Davy,” she said. “Others were fans of John [Lennon] and Paul [McCartney], but I was loyal to Davy.”

That loyalty from fans may be the reason Davy Jones was named the No. 1 teen idol of all time by Yahoo! Music in 2008. A private memorial for Jones, who died on February 29 at the age of 66, took place on Sunday, at his original hometown of Manchester, England, according to the BBC.

Sandwick, like many of the iReporters, got to meet Jones later in life (2009 in her case). Kathie Pishny, another longtime fan, met him in 2006 at the San Diego County Fair.

“I told him how much I loved him since I was 8-years-old, and back then I had his photos on my bedroom walls,” she said. “He was so sweet about it. He smiled, cupped his hands around mine as he handed me the autographed CD, and then he decided to pause a moment and pose for a picture with me! Despite the fair staff rushing people along, he took a few extra seconds to pose for this photo.”

Like Sandwick, Mary Hirsch of Minneapolis fell for Jones watching “The Monkees” at the age of 12.

“I watched every show and bought every album playing them over and over again,” she said. “I would buy magazines that had them on the cover – and oh my poor mom and dad – I would actually make them listen while I read the articles to them - hoping they would come around and see the light and all that was wonderful about The Monkees.”

She named her 2004 one-woman show after something she once wrote in her diary: “If I Don’t Marry Davy Jones, I’ll Just Die.”

It's no wonder that iReporter Lynn Ross, who met Jones in 2009, called him a " gifted artist and a forever heartthrob."

Check out the gallery above and the iReport assignment for more fan photos and memories of Jones.


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  1. Maddieb Chasidyz

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    July 10, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. sam stone

    never heard of in your life? when else?

    March 16, 2012 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bastien

    Clicked here because I thought it was Davy Jones, the pirate of the Flying Dutchman. Then I wondered why anyone would call a pirate with a "squid" head a heartthrob. So apparently there's some singer with the same name, of some group I never heard of in my life.

    March 16, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. tcaros

    He was gay.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nbafan

    That is the homliest broad E-V-E-R ! ! ! (Probably better looking than most chicks that hang here tho!) Who cares the dude is dead, looks like a flamer to me anyway.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Freud

      I think there's a reason men look "flaming" to you, honey. Come out of the closet.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sally

      How creepy are you??!!

      March 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • witch

      Don't pay attention to nbafan, the man still in the closet, he has 'little' man syndrom. He is jealous bc davy is bigger then him and cuter too.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      nbafan,

      It's OK to admit that you were attracted to Davy.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      so, jones s looks like a flamer to you, but you like watching sweaty men bump up to each other ?

      March 16, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. San Jose

    Very sad :(

    March 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LoJenk

    March 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob's Daughter

    Why do the nice people have to die young?

    March 15, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Samantha

    And you never heard anything bad or scandalous about him. Cant say that very often any more.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • PJ

      I have never heard of any scandal of him, and I watched the show from the start in the 60's. Always upbeat, always charming. He was a genuinely nice guy. My Dad was his dentist and I actually met him. He was a great person. I wish I could say that about people in music now days.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Sorry, but I would call being married three times a scandal.

      March 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. witch

    How could any young or old girl resist the baby face? RIP.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |

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