Davy Jones, One Year Later.

tumblr_m466rrQBuN1rq4auro1_400We don’t have a leap year this time around, but last year we did and that’s when we lost a beloved Monkee, Davy Jones. Today makes one year since he passed away and I wanted to pay special tribute.

Above is a clip from his guest appearance on The Brady Bunch in the episode, “Getting Davy Jones” from season 3 (1971). He is recording a song, Girl, from his second studio album, Davy Jones. Marcia is trying to get him to sing at her school dance but has trouble getting close enough to talk to him.

This weekend there is a Monkees Convention, in memory of Davy, at the Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will be in attendance along with a few guest stars who were on the Monkees show. Some actors from The Brady Bunch will also be there. To see the full list, click HERE.

We’ll never forget you Davy….

12.30.45 – 2.29.12

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In Memory of Mindy McCready (1975-2013).

mindy-mccready-300Despite Mindy’s struggles over the years, I definitely wasn’t expecting this. I had read about her boyfriend’s suicide recently and wondered how she was going to cope…but I never thought she’d take her own life. I never thought she’d leave her two little boys.

I don’t really listen to country music so I actually knew who Mindy was through her appearance on season 3 of Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab. She is now the third person from that season to have passed away – Mike Starr died in 2011, Joey Kovar in 2012. So sad.

I hope that Mindy is now at peace from all the demons she couldn’t defeat. I wish she had tried to seek help but maybe she didn’t feel “help” could save her anymore. Wherever you are Mindy, I hope you found the light and tranquility…

Ten Thousand Angels was released as a single in April of 1996 from Mindy’s debut album of the same name. It went to #6 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Tracks. It also went to #13 in Canada.

Above is the official video. Rest in Peace, Mindy.

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Heath Ledger.

Okay, so Heath Ledger obviously didn’t write this song but hey, neither did the original performer, Frankie Valli. However, it was brought to my attention that today’s date makes five years since Heath passed away. In honor of his memory, here’s his classic singing scene from the 1999 movie, 10 Things I Hate About You. I remember being in my film class during college when the news broke about his death. My friend and I featured the clip above in one of our projects.

The original version of Can’t Take My Eyes Off You was released in May of 1967. It was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. It went to #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and earned a gold record.

Heath was nominated for Best Musical Sequence in the 2000 MTV Movie Awards.

To hear the 1967 version, click HERE.

Rest in Peace, Heath Ledger. Never Forgotten.